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.

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