IF YOU have seen people drinking what looks like jelly in a milk drink, and wondered what it was, wonder no more. The Hurstville franchise of Chatime — the chain famous for its "bubble tea" — will soon celebrate its third anniversary and in that time it has sold thousands of the bubble teas.
The Hurstville store was the first in Australia and soon the 43rd will open in the Queen Victoria Building, Sydney, taking the global tally to 700.
The tea-based drinks are infused with different flavourings, shaken to create bubbles and often served over tapioca pearls. Some drinks are served with jellies made from lychee, coconut and fig.
Other combinations include matcha green tea, brown rice green tea and egg pudding tea topping.
Chatime spokeswoman Jessica Lau said of the 90 drinks on the menu the most popular included fruit tea flavours grapefruit and lychee, and apple green tea.
The tea is grown on Chatime’s tea plantations in Taiwan and brewed fresh daily in-store.
It isn’t all tapioca pearls and lychee jelly though; the chain can make a cup of plain old black tea using its own 'tea espresso' machine.
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