Just when you thought you've seen all the possible milk tea drinks, Brown Café opens its first ever store in Manila on September 21 (Saturday) and introduces their unique offerings including their collagen-infused bubble. Yes, it's the same collagen which gives your skin health benefits! Who knew drinking milk tea would be good for your skin?!
Established just in 2017 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, they've quickly opened eight other branches across Thailand and recently opened a store in Cambodia. And now, in Manila. What sets them apart from other milk tea stores is they make their own bubble from scratch (yes, they actually have a special machine for it!). They have different bubble flavors — original, brown sugar, ube, lychee, strawberry, mango, rainbow low-calorie and peach — which are sugar-free. Their bubble has the same shape and size of the usual tapioca pearls but the texture is similar to nata de coco when you bite into it.
Despite using premium ingredients, Brown Café’s milk teas are more affordable — ranging from only P75 to P155 — than other milk tea brands in the market, promising they're accessible to all milk tea lovers. Excited to know more about the brand? Here's an exclusive sneak peek on what you can expect from Brown Café:
A must-try is their Royal Premium Milk Tea (P85) which is made with premium tea leaves steeped for hours to create that rich nutty aroma you're looking for with a splash of milk to balance the drink. It's also available in slush form if you want a different texture from the usual watery one. Other must-tries which are the stores best-sellers are the Brown Sugar Pearl with milk which uses organic brown sugar for the pearls. They also have a Shake Shake series (P130 to P140) which is served in a reusable cup, available in nuttela and strawberry.
Available exclusively in the Philippines is the Ube Latte which they prepare similar to the matcha tea ceremony, using a small bowl and bamboo whisk, carefully stirring the ube powder until a bit of froth appears. They then add fresh milk into the cup and pour the ube mixture. Make sure you order this with the ube bubble for that complete (ub)experience! This one's such a beautiful drink that's hard to pass up on.
What's a Thai brand without the classic Thai Tea (P85)? Brown Café uses authentic and premium Thai tea leaves imported from Thailand. However, if you feel like skipping on milk tea, they have the Rainbow Low Calorie Bubble Series (P125 to P155) which has fresh, fruity flavors that compliment the vibrant flavors and texture of the collagen bubbles. Their Peach Fruit Tea is also a can't-miss which goes perfectly well with the plain bubbles.
Customers have an option to order their drinks in their usual cup or in their reusable bottle where you can get a discount when you go back to the store and use it again. What a mindful way to reduce single-use plastic, right?
As a treat to their customers on their opening day, Brown Café is giving its first five customers a 1 year supply of the Royal Premium Milk Tea, 6th to 10th customers get 6 months supply, 11th to 15th get 3 months, and 16th to 20th get a month supply.