Review: Chatime

The bubble tea market in Australia is quite heavily saturated today, but some brands still manage to stay on top of all their competitors. One of those brands is Chatime.

Founded in Taiwan, Chatime is now open in over 1,000 locations around the globe. There are more than 60 branches in Australia today – generally speaking, if you live in a metro area, you can quite easily find a shop.

Chatime offers the general bubble tea menu: tea drinks with various flavours, from milky to fruity (or both) and topping options (pearl balls, jellies, aloe vera and more). Prices start at $4.8, but generally a portion of iced tea with toppings will set you back by $5.5-6.5.

How’s the taste? Well, I think it’s great. The tea is fresh and not too strong, which some may dislike. With some other brands, milk tea tends to taste curdly and overly creamy; but Chatime’s milk tea, while indeed sweet, will still leave your tastebuds feeling light and refreshed.

The pearl is the highlight here. It has the perfect size (not too big to be a choking hazard, but not too small that you will swallow it unknowingly), consistency (soft yet chewy, giving it a nice bite), and level of sweetness.

The downside? Generally, normal level of sugar is too sweet – but you can always control the sweetness level, with either no added sugar (0%), just a little (30%), or half the regular (50%). It’s also not the cheapest in the market, but you can purchase a loyalty (or as they say, Loyal-TEA) card for 50 cents to earn points and get discounts or free drinks in your coming purchases.

+:

  • Taste
  • Wide range of flavours
  • Great toppings (especially the pearl)

-:

  • Could be too sweet
  • Not the most affordable in the market

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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