The Legacy Since 2013, Northeast Portland’s Pip’s Original Doughnuts & Chai has been synonymous with community and cozy comfort. Now the Pip’s team brings that same spirit to local homes with Community Chai: bottled concentrates of the cafe’s spiced chai blends that fans can make and savor anytime.
origins “Community Chai was born out of a pure place. Our commitment to this community is now giving back in such a beautiful way,” says Nate. “Gifting people a dozen free birthday doughnuts ended up being the best community-based insurance policy when our actual insurance company denied our claim. Every bottle is a love letter to the community we cherish and the city we adore.”
giving back Continuing Pip’s trademark focus on generosity and “paying it forward with integrity,” 10 percent of profits from every batch of Community Chai are earmarked for its new service industry donation program, which supports other small, local businesses. Recent recipients include Magna, cedos falafel and gyros, Kim Jong Grillin’, Jojo PDX, Estes, gracies pizza, enat Ethiopian kitchen, bushel and peck bakeshop, and Matta.
Nate sums up the Community Chai experience: “One customer called it ‘social connection in a cup.’ And that’s it.