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Happy Me Bubble Tea and Mixology, Greenside

Happy Me Bubble Tea and Mixology, Greenside

Every now and then, you come across a meal or a drink that is so memorable, that you find your tastebuds craving it for days after you first tried it. This was definitely the case for me after I visited the Happy Me store in Greenside earlier this month, while attending an event with fellow GirlGuides.

If you’re a tea lover or a coffee connoiseur, your tastebuds are in for a treat.

What is “bubble tea”?

Although a fairly new concept in South Africa, Bubble Tea has been popping up all around the globe over the last couple of years. A friend of mine told me that bubble tea, also known as “pearl tea” or “milk tea”, originated in Taiwan. A quick check on Wikipedia confirmed this, and proceeds to explain:

Most bubble teas come with small chewy tapioca balls (粉圓, fěnyuán), commonly called “pearls” (珍珠, zhēnzhū) or “boba” (波霸, bōbà)

Happy Me provides a range of milk teas, fusion teas, bubble teas and coffees, all carefully blended with only the finest ingredients and well-researched techniques.

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Two teas and a coffee

With such a variety of interesting mixes to sample, I couldn’t quite make up my mind. Since I’ve cut down on coffee (yes, I know.. “How do you survive?” etc etc..), but haven’t cut it out completely, and since I had not had any for that particular day, I decided to scope out the coffee options first. Phumeza and I both selected the Chocolate and Raspberry Latte as our first sampler.

It’s all in the serving.

  1. Receive drink.
  2. Shake.
  3. Burst.
  4. Sip.
  5. Enjoy!

And enjoy, I most certainly did. A mixture of flavours came through, as I tasted chocolate, raspberry and coffee, followed by nibbles of chocolate biscuits. The taste in itself is an interactive experience, as we found ourselves discussing the flavours, textures and tastes of each drink.

Another absolute favourite, which I think was agreed to be the most delicious drink, was the “Jasmine Green Tea and Strawberry Yoghurt Iced Smoothie”. The description completely differs from the look and the taste that you would expect. Imagine a Yogi-Sip, only fresher, with a hint of tea and the texture of crushed ice. Even this can’t accurately describe the taste – you will have to sample one for yourself!

Speaking of sampling, the owner Jan kept the mixology flowing, and ensured that we were supplied with endless samples of his drinks. Jan is incredibly passionate about the art of tea and mixology, and the information he shared about his travels and research around the topic was very interesting.

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(Slightly blurry) Pomegranate Tea with Strawberry Popping Pearls

With the store being situated in Greenside, I’m unfortunately too far away to become a regular lunchtime customer. If you are in the area though, check out their handy Tuk Tuk delivery service.

If like me you’re situated further towards the Northern or Eastern outskirts, you’ll be pleased to know that a new store will be opening in Eastgate on the 15th of December, with 2 more stores planned for launch in 2014.

Let’s hope they find a permanent home in Pretoria soon!

Cynthia's, Maroelana

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