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Chaayos Story

The concept of chai adda or "Tea Room" took centre stage in our country for many years, with discussions on life, society and politics happening over chai. It was a place that brought together the young and old, rich and not-so-well to do. A kadak chai and samosa shared after work, an irani chai with bun maska over meeting a prospective life partner, or a hot adrak chai in the morning to wake you up - chai was a part of every social setting for us.

Yet somewhere along the line, this rich heritage of chai addas was lost and "Chaa" took a backseat - taken over by the multinational coffee chains, suddenly chai was no longer the beverage that we bonded over.

Chaayos was born in November 2012 out of this premise - a contemporary interpretation of the chai adda, serving freshly made chai. Our focus is on serving your "Meri Wali Chai", a chai made exactly to our customers' liking the minute they place their order - be it an adrak tulsi kadak chai or a paani kam elaichi cinnamon chai. Our option of 12 add-ons gives our customers a total of over 12,000 ways to make their chai at Chaayos.


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We are a group of entrepreneurs passionate about chai and bringing back the culture of chai-addas.

Nitin Saluja
Founder And CEO

An IIT Bombay graduate of 2007, Nitin was always the "designated chai-maker" of his family. His love for chai led him to start Chaayos. Nitin is the CEO and also does all product R&D (Infact, most of the chai menu at Chaayos has been designed by Nitin himself).

This is not his first shot at entrepreneurship - he co-founded a robotics education company (Think Labs) at IITB, which is today valued over $10 MM. Prior to Chaayos, he worked at Opera Solutions, a consulting firm, for over 5 years.

Raghav Verma
Marketing And Business Development

Raghav, an IIT Delhi graduate of 2010, is the co-founder of Chaayos. He looks after the creative stuff - marketing, business development and branding. An avid baker, he has created some of the sandwiches and dessert offerings at Chaayos.

Prior to this, he co-founded an online education company called Prepsquare. Before that, Raghav worked with Opera Solutions on analytics projects for large global credit card, private equity and logistics companies. He is also a semi-professional bass guitarist, and has played with 2 Delhi-based bands in the past 5 years.