Paved the path for a remarkable journey
This story began when Khalida and David met for the first time in 2013. Their love took them on an epic journey to unite amidst a harshly divided world. Khalida comes from the tribal communities of Balochistan in Pakistan, while David is an Italian American from Los Angeles. Their differences were instantly pointed out by many.
The Chai Spot is a Social-enterprise dedicated to peace-building, and to socio-economic empowerment of women and children in Pakistan.
50% of Our Profits
support women and children in Pakistan!
We would not be doing this work if it did not benefit the communities that need us the most. Nearly 22 million children in Pakistan are out of school, and rural women are still fighting for their rights. We start and support projects that educate children, and we work towards socio-economic empowerment of women in Pakistan.
70% of Our Products
are handmade by rural women and men
Pakistan is still one of those countries where most everything essential is handmade. Women sit for hours embroidering, sewing and singing, and men take pride in their handcrafted furniture and handicrafts. We strive to support these artisans while providing our guests a complete and authentic experience of Pakistan.
Some of our signature chai's
Traditional Cardamom Chai
Infused with a dash of aromatic green cardamom, brewed with black tea and organic milk. We often call this chai our love potion
Our vegan Coconut Rose Chai is the favorite of many. This black tea is brewed in coconut milk with cinnamon and sugar, garnished with nutmeg, and finished with rose water
This is a Kashmiri-style chai with a delicious buttery texture, spices, and gorgeous deep pink color. With just a pinch of salt, this tea is the perfect marriage of sweet and savory!
Watch us in the news!
"The Chai Spot, a traditional chai cafe with locations in New York and Arizona, donates 50% of its profits towards education and supporting women and girls in rural Pakistan. The business was founded and is run by Khalida Brohi and David Barron, a Pakistani-American couple."
~ Global Citizen
"The Chai Spot is a café in New York City's 'Little Italy' neighborhood that serves a variety of Pakistani chai in a very colorful and cozy environment. It is also the spot that brought two people together as husband and wife, across two very different cultures and families."
~ Voice of America
"Sometimes a cup of chai is all you need to bring people together.
For Khalida Brohi and David Barron, that’s exactly how their life together started.
Barron is from an Italian-American family in Los Angeles. Brohi is from a small village in a tribal community in Balochistan, Pakistan, a place where she says love marriages are not something people hear about often."
~ Good Morning America