David Rio is an award-winning, premium chai company based in San Francisco California, offering customers only the finest products domestically and around the world.
In May 1996, Scott and Rio created a line of specialty tea, coffee and accessories through an all-Japanese language catalog in Japan. Initially, they planned to market the Elephant Vanilla chai in Japan only, but soon after its release, domestic demand from both individuals and wholesalers led to offering David Rio chai in the US as well. Wanting to create an additional chai with a strong presence of spices, David Rio developed a second flavor, Tiger Spice Chai®.
Soon after the release of Tiger Spice Chai® and because of our ties with Japan and green tea, David Rio created the first green tea based chai in the market. Following in the tradition of naming our chai after endangered species, Tortoise Green Tea chai arrived. What started as one of many products in a Japanese language catalog has transformed into America's premier chai brand now available in cafes, restaurants, and specialty food stores across the US. David Rio chai products are available in three sizes and sold in over 25 countries around the world.