About Us

Chris LambertBlack Rooster Chai was created in 2014 by myself, Chris Lambert, Head Chef & co-owner of Waiheke Island's iconic cafe - Solar Eating House. I've had over 25 years experience as a chef, specifically in New Zealand cafes throughout my entire cheffing career, including Auckland Metro, Wellingtons Cuba Mall and Christchurch's High Street. Also throughout that time I've gained several years of valuable baristing knowledge and experience.

In 2015 I began looking for a chai that would be a more suitable fit for my cafe's identity, than the brands I had been trying.
After an exhaustive search and trying several samples from various suppliers, I decided to develop my own chai concentrate. I spent six months developing the Black Rooster recipe, realising early on in the development that I could achieve the perfect result without having to rely on using black tea as a base, and NZ's first caffeine free chai was born.

Black Rooster Chai LogoThe reaction to Black Rooster was incredibly positive, so I began bottling and distributing it to other cafes and restaurants on Waiheke Island. After two years of tinkering in my kitchen, refining and perfecting, Black rooster has become the most popular chai brand for baristas and customers alike, among Waiheke's more than 100 eateries, and picking up cafes rapidly throughout the North Island.

Black Rooster is an all natural Chai latte concentrate, made and bottled on Waiheke Island.

Key Features:

  • Caffeine free
  • Zero additives or preservatives
  • Hand made in small batches
  • Made with pure untreated spring water sourced from Waiheke Islands underground aquifers