Healthy Bubbles

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Friday, April 25, 2014

BECOMING a favorite drink among tea-drinking Asians around the world, bubble tea, also known as pearl milk tea, burst into the local beverage scene just when Cebuanos were craving not only for sweet and delicious thirst-quenchers but also for healthy drink options. Black and green teas used in these beverages are brimming with nutrients and powerful anti-oxidants proven to stave off life threatening diseases.

The term “bubble tea” derived its name from the black pearls added into the drink. The pearls are made from tapioca starch that look like “bubbles.” The drink is distinctively of two types: the fruit-flavored teas and the milk teas. Other varieties are made of crushed fruit smoothies combined with tapioca pearls and ice cream, and are shaken for a slushy consistency. A wide selection of these thirst-quenchers can be found at Bon Appetea, a charming tea house located at Palma building in Apitong St., Lahug and one more outlet at Don Jose Avila St. in Capitol.

“At Bon Appetea, we offer a variety of options which are delightfully surprising,” Robert Kevine Tan, 24-year-old manager of the tea house, disclosed. “First of all, we want people to know that we use very healthy ingredients starting with the tea leaves themselves which are the Assam tea, jasmine tea, and the Ceylon tea. We also use non-dairy creamers, not milk, for our milk teas for those who are lactose intolerant.”


The Ceylon tea, is a black tea known for its rich aroma and citrus taste, and contains theaflavins and theorubigins, which help fight cell-damaging free radicals and reduce the size of tumors. Drinking black tea can also boost the immune system to help prevent common illnesses and increase the alpha wave activity of the brain, allowing a person to be more alert. Assam tea, named after the region where they thrive, is known to decrease the risk of heart attacks and improves blood circulation. Gargling water from Assam tea leaves strengthens teeth and fights cavities.

And, of course, the more popular jasmine tea is derived from Chinese green tea leaves and is a relaxing drink as it reduces stress. Green tea can also lower bad cholesterol levels, strengthen the immune system, and minimize the aging process.

“So one can see that black and green teas, which are the major components of our milk teas, make our drinks undeniably very desirable healthy drinks. Adding bubbles and the salt and cheese foam just make them more appealing,” Kevine Tan added. “And, of course, a great drink deserves one delicious waffle. We also have great-tasting waffles like the Belgian chocolate, the banana-peanut butter, or the blueberry and strawberry flavors.”

Bon Appetea has a nice and preppy ambiance, with modern art décor and illumined with soft lighting, creating a cozy atmosphere where people can chat comfortably and chill with friends. It provides an interesting dais with fluffy cushions for those who opt to squat, just like what the Chinese and Japanese do when they drink their teas.

The price factor is also very minimal. But who cares about spending P60 to P70 for something that makes one feel good and alive?

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 26, 2014.


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