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About

What We Do at Chalait

Chalait is a purveyor of fine Japanese matcha green tea. Our goal is to share our passion for matcha and make this remarkable tea more palatable to the western world. We are also a neighborhood café serving up our signature line of matcha green tea beverages, specialty coffee, fine loose leaf teas as well as a seasonal and healthy food menu.

The Way of Chalait

At Chalait, there are two principles we value highly. The first is simplicity and quality. We believe that by using simple, quality ingredients we can create a premium line of delicious handcrafted products for our customers to enjoy. The second is the unity of tradition and innovation. Not only do we provide our patrons with all the classics they expect, but we also introduce bold new product lines to challenge and broaden what they come to expect from the little cafe next door.

The Name "Chalait" 

A few people have asked about the name Chalait (pronounced like "chalet") and what it means. The truth is that it's a somewhat whimsical name that we came up with when we first started thinking about the concept. Our idea was born when we tasted matcha on a trip to Japan and thought it was a beautiful drink. We wanted to present it in a westernized setting, and it was going to be the sole focus of our concept.

To that end, we played around with various iterations and combinations of tea/milk/health, etc. in a few different languages. We eventually came up with the combination of Cha (tea in Japanese) and Lait (milk in French) and being avid snowboarders this combination instantly caught our attention. The name reminded us of a ski chalet where we'd spent many snowy weekends together. And just like that, the name Chalait was born.

Since then, our concept has evolved considerably, and although matcha is still an integral part, it's no longer the sole focus. Nevertheless, the Chalait name has persisted and stays with us today. It has become very dear to us and symbolizes everything Chalait has come to represent and no longer just the tea and milk combo that originally birthed it.