Milk tea is everywhere. What was once a fad, similar to how froyo used to be, this type of drink is now a staple for your day to day. Make a drinking game out of spotting anyone who has a milk tea drink in their hand, and you wouldn’t last long. If the MRT only allowed drinks inside the cars, I’m sure it’ll be the battle of the best milk tea personified. A walk inside any mall will make you realize there’s sure to be a minimum of three milk tea places. It’s as clear as the plastic cups they’re in: milk tea is here to stay.
And just when you thought milk tea here has run out of new takes — there can only be so many versions of wintermelon, people — here comes a brand that changes the game. Right off the heels of its success in Thailand, Brown Cafe opened its doors recently to milk tea-loving Manila. They have over 30 drinks to choose from, and 10 bubbles (what they call their boba) selections with low-calorie options, including one that hasn’t been available in the Philippines until now: collagen-infused bubbles. Yes, that collagen. Plus almost all their drinks are in the P75 P155 margin, making it the more affordable milk tea choice.
It’s always tricky to order things in new places, but per usual, we got you. The Young STAR team got to try Brown Cafe and we’re giving you the lowdown of our faves. Spoiler alert: you’re gonna want to get more than one.
Of course we had to try thai tea, it’s a milk tea brand from Thailand after all, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s pretty darn close to the real thing, with the right amount of sweetness complementing the strong tea base. As with all of their drinks, you can opt to add bubbles but we highly suggest enjoying this on its own.