Take your pick: Tea Zone® offers many teas for many tastes

Tea is definitely not “one taste fits all.” There are many kinds, and everyone may prefer something different. That’s why Tea Zone® offers several different types of tea that can be used to create customized beverages that will win over customers’ taste buds.

Teas have been around for centuries, and are now a beverage of choice for many, whether served hot or iced. It is said to be the most widely consumed beverage in the world, according to the Tea Association of the U.S.A. Inc.

All Tea Zone teas are harvested from tea fields in Taiwan. Here are some of the teas, Tea Zone offers:

 

Black Tea

For something strong and bold, black tea might be the right tea for you. Black tea leaves are much stronger than other teas. Tea Zone also offers “Vintage Blend” Black Tea Leaves, which is a mixture of black tea leaves, cassia seeds, vanilla powder and flavoring.

These are some of the flavors that match well with black tea:

  • Strawberry
  • Peach
  • Mango and more

 

Green Tea

For something a little bit lighter, green tea is a great option. Green tea is milder than black tea and is also lighter in color. Drinking green tea also has many health benefits. Tea Zone also offers Premium Jasmine Green Tea Leaves.

These are some of the flavors that match well with green tea:

  • Peach
  • Strawberry
  • Grapefruit and more

 

Milk Tea

Delicious milk tea and golden milk tea leaves are exactly what you need for classic bubble teas. This tea creates a silky smooth texture that is perfect with boba or mini boba added in.

These are some of the flavors that match well with milk tea:

  • Almond
  • Strawberry
  • Taro

 

Additionally, for even more variety, Tea Zone offers Thai Tea Leaves and Oolong Tea Leaves. For more information about these tea leaves, contact your sales representative.

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What is boba?

On the timeline of popular food items, Boba is newer than chicken wings but older than the Cronut.

Its origin is said to have come from a woman named Lin Hsiu Hui, who was the product development manager of the Chun Shui Teahouse in Taichung, Taiwan in the 1980s, according to CNN.

She brought her tapioca pudding with her to a staff meeting, and poured it into her iced tea. It has been a craze in Taiwan ever since, and has spread around the world.

Boba is a squishy and delicious way of adding some texture to a drink. It can be added to slushes, milk teas, iced coffee and even hot coffee.

Boba, also known as tapioca pearls, are small balls of tapioca made from the starch of the cassava root.

The pearls come in two size: regular, which are 1/4 inch in diameter, and mini, which are 1/8 in diameter. They do not naturally have any flavor, but can be infused with flavoring to make them sweet.

Lollicup is known for marinating its boba in a concoction of longan honey, brown sugar and hot water. This gives the boba a lightly sweetened taste and a dark brown color. Green tea infused boba is also quite popular.

Be sure to try some in a drink if you haven’t already!

Lollicup USA employees get a how-to on boba and tea making

Boba is poured into a colander after it is marinated.

Boba is poured into a colander after it is marinated.

One of the many perks of purchasing from Lollicup, are the training sessions. Lollicup offers customers training in its central kitchen at its Chino HQ.

Lollicup’s certified trainers demonstrate how to make tasty Lollicup beverage items, as well as train customers to use ingredients from its vendors like Cappuccine, Big Train and more.

A perk of being a Lollicup USA employee: getting to participate in training.

Last week, the central kitchen offered two Boba 101 training sessions for employees who wanted to sign up. This class is often known as “Boba School.”

Wednesday’s class, which was instructed by central kitchen barista Jonelle Berberabe, was packed with 9 employees from various departments—all excited to learn how to make some Lollicup favorites.

Lollicup employees observe as a fellow Boba 101 student makes a beverage.

Lollicup employees observe as a fellow Boba 101 student makes a beverage.

The kitchen was warm. Fires burned underneath many large pots and pans. Some filled with food being prepared for lunchtime, some still containing foods from breakfast. Sizzles and crackles accompanied sounds of stirring and sifting.

For Boba 101 students, aroma was the most prominent sense as Tea Zone black tea, green tea, and milk tea were passed around for everyone to smell.

The official course began with cooking boba and brewing the three teas. Hot water is boiled and poured into each tea bucket. Once the tea leaves are drained, the teas are refrigerated.

Following the cooking portion of the class, boba school students got to taste basic green tea, black tea and milk tea. Then they got a lot more creative.

Sesame Almond Milk Tea, Raspberry Milk Tea and many others were created per Jonelle and the students’ request. The scent of Tea Zone’s almond powder was powerful enough to create an instant craving—at least for those who like almonds.

After specialty teas were made, slushes were next on the list. Honeydew, peach, raspberry, and kiwi were just a few flavors created and taste tested.

By the end of it, boba students seemed pleased with what they learned, despite their sugar high.