Bubbles Everywhere and Big Matcha - Chado August 2022
Boba and Bubble in Vancouver
As mentioned a few times we are based in Vancouver BC.
After a rainy start to the summer, it is now hot and sunny here and there are bubbles everywhere.
By Bubbles we mean bubble tea, we cannot prove this by statistics, but it seems to us that there are more bubble tea places in Vancouver than coffee shops. Boba bubble tea is big!
Chado Tea House does not sell bubble tea, we have included a simple recipe below to try if you want to give it a go.
Bubble tea started in Taiwan in the 1980s. There are many variants but typically it is tea mixed with fruit juice/coconut milk served cold with chewable tapioca ‘bubbles’ in the mix. The tea pearl is the bubble part but some theories suggest the bubble part is the air bubbles from stirring the tea with the straw - you decide.
It actually tastes pretty good even for more ‘old-fashioned’ tea drinkers like us! Bubble tea is a bit of a craze right now and the more people enjoying tea the better.
If you get the chance give it a go. If the craze does not peter out then chances are if you don’t have a bubble tea shop near you now you likely will have one soon. Boba tea is here to stay we think.
After 6000 years of tea cultivation and drinking and ‘they’ are still coming up with new variations – the humble Camellia sinensis plant still has lots of secrets to give up!
New, bigger Matcha package is available.
Chado Tea house was founded in 2005 and we have sold a lot of matcha. According to research the market size of Matcha is set to increase from 3 Billion USD in 2020 to 5.6 Billion in 2028 – so hopefully we can all enjoy its continued popularity.
We sell ceremonial grade matcha which is high-grade matcha tea. When we say it is ceremonial grade, it means it is suitable to be served as straight tea without adding milk or sugar in a bowl ceremonial style as in the Japanese Tea Ceremony (Chado).
Some of our clients drink matcha on special occasions and some enjoy the drink every day. We know that for some of our customers Matcha latte’s are now popular.
Matcha Latte prepared by our valued customer Sadhana
We previously sold Matcha Classic MIDORI, we are happy to announce that it is now available in a larger pack of 100g (3.5oz) aluminum zip sealed pouch.
This is ceremonial-grade, everyday matcha that is good for drinking and is also good for use in culinary dishes.
If you drink a lot of Matcha and need to get larger quantities in a single package please consider our Matcha MIDORI bulk size – the same great taste and quality as the previously sold Matcha Classic MIDORI in the tin can.
Please note that this is one grade lower than Matcha WAKABA.
Simple Bubble Tea Recipe.
2 cups of green tea
2 tbsp honey
1 cup of coconut milk
4 oz/100ml of tapioca pearls.
1 cup of orange juice
All ingredients should be refrigerator-cold before final mixing. For example, after making the tea, add the honey, stir and then allow it to cool then refrigerate until cold.
Cook the tapioca according to the instructions on the packet. The cooking method varies a lot so please try and use the instructions on the packet or this site has some instructions for common brands – Hungryhuy. If the packet advises starting the process off in boiling water please do that, starting in cold will likely cause a big lump of goo.
Make the tea, tea bags are fine. We make it with Hojicha but most teas will work, Matcha, Sencha – even black tea!
Prepare the mango by blending the flesh of the fruit with coconut milk and orange juice. Almost any fruit will work and just needs to be liquidized.
After preparing and refrigerating, simply mix all the cold ingredients in a tall glass and serve with a straw wide enough to allow the pearls to be sucked up!
Let us know if you try it and let us know how it turned out. Ours didn't turn out looking as nice as the one shown below but it tasted good!
That is all for this month, we hope it is good tea-drinking weather where you are.