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BEAUTIFUL ORGANIC TEA | ETHICALLY SOURCED
by Rebecca Domorev February 24, 2023 4 min read
Do you like a cold, refreshing milky drink for a treat, but iced coffee doesn't always agree with you?
Do you want to avoid single-use plastic cups and overly sweetened takeaway drinks?
You just might enjoy making bubble tea at home!
Bubble tea is a deliciously sweet milky tea-based drink served with chewy tapioca balls (otherwise known as boba), and ice.
It originated in Taiwan in the 1980s but interestingly, has only really taken off in the last 12 months.
There are many variations on the original bubble tea recipe, including fruity flavours such as lychee, mango, strawberry, or even taro, caramel, rose, and sesame.
The only limit is your imagination!
It now feels like there is a bubble tea shop on every street corner!
If you've tried bubble tea but found it has way too much sugar, or the single-use plastic cups make you die on the inside, or you just haven't been willing to fork out $5 a pop, it may be time for you to make bubble milk tea at home.
All you need is tea, milk, a sweetener, tapioca pearls, and ice.
Here are some simple tips on how to make bubble milk tea at home.
It's best to use a strong black tea, such as Tielka Breakfast. This tea is rich, creamy, certified organic, and it has won multiple awards since 2018. It's perfectly delicious for bubble tea!
You can use other types of tea, such as green tea, oolong tea, or white tea, however, the addition of milk and sugar tend to drown out the flavours of these more delicate tea varieties.
This always comes down to taste.
You can use any milk of choice in bubble tea - whatever milk you usually enjoy, is what will taste best for you in your bubble tea!
You can use whole milk, heavy cream, or non-dairy milk such as almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, oat milk, or rice milk. You can even use condensed milk!
There are two things to consider when adding a sweetener.
1. Your taste preference!
You may prefer the flavour of honey, brown sugar, or even maple syrup.
2. How it dissolves in water.
Brown sugar, granulated sugar, and honey only dissolve well in hot water. If you prefer honey or brown sugar, you will need to dissolve this in your tea when it is still hot.
If you prefer to add your sweetener after it is brewed, you may wish to make a simple syrup ahead of time.
To make a simple syrup, dissolve 1/2 cup of brown sugar in 1/2 cup hot water. Add simple syrup to tea according to taste. A brown sugar syrup is delicious in pearl milk tea!
Black tapioca pearls are best for bubble tea.
The most convenient to use are fast-cooking tapioca pearls that are specifically designed for bubble tea. They usually take around 6 minutes to prepare.
TIP: When your tapioca pearls are cooked, use a slotted spoon to take the pearls you need for your tea. Keep the rest in their cooking water and store it in the fridge in an airtight container. This will keep the pearls soft and chewy for next time. Chewy tapioca pearls are best for bubble milk tea!
You can buy black tapioca pearls from most supermarkets, Asian stores, or even on Amazon.
You've been waiting for this moment!
Here are instructions to make a nice cup of bubble tea. Enjoy!
Makes 4 servings
Originally published 27/01/2023, 11:35 am AEST
by Rebecca Domorev March 23, 2023 2 min read
Does self-care sometimes feel a little one-dimensional to you?
Do you feel like the fun has become a little lost over the years?
We've been told that self-care is essential for our happiness, but the quintessential face-mask-cucumber-eyes/insert-self-care-activity-here solution often isn’t enough to get us invested.
It's not that self-care doesn’t work. We just may have misplaced an important piece of the self-care puzzle.
by Rebecca Domorev March 17, 2023 2 min read
Do you like your tea to be deliciously fresh?
Are you tired of stale, tasteless tea?
You may be damaging your beautiful tea without even realising it.
These simple changes will ensure you get the best brew from your leaves.
by Rebecca Domorev March 03, 2023 3 min read
Are you tired of feeling left out while all your friends indulge in all sorts of delicious eating and drinking while you're fasting?
Do you watch the clock fastidiously until your next feed, wishing the hours away?
Well, we've got good news for you!
Those feed-less hours full of hunger pangs need not be so painful.
Once again, tea is here to save the day!
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