Taiwanese bubble tea brand Milksha has opened its first Brisbane location in The City
When it comes to bubble tea, Brisbane sippers are spoiled for choice. Even with a bevy of options at their fingertips, the Brisbane City debut of Taiwan-born bubble-tea dispenser Milksha was still big news to many die-hard drinkers. With more than 200 stores across Taiwan and around the globe, it was only a matter of time before Milksha made its way to Queensland. Now locals can get their lips around Milksha’s earl grey tea lattes with honey pearls, Valrhona cocoa milk, ice blended orange green teas and much more.
On Albert Street, just near where the Cross River Rail terminal is taking shape, sits Milksha’s first Brisbane location. The Taiwan-born brand first landed in Australia in 2019 and has since gone on to open two Victorian sites before looking north to Brisbane. Those that aren’t particularly invested in the bubble-tea scene might not be aware of Milksha’s noteworthy aspects, but anyone that’s managed to visit one of its 200-odd locations globally will likely be able to tell you why this arrival is a big deal. Milksha prides itself on not only its array of inventive flavours, but also on the quality of its ingredients, its customer-orientated service model, environmentally sustainable practices and its commitment to supporting local suppliers. As boba lovers will attest, good bubble tea is judged on a few major criteria. First is the milk. Founded by third-generation dairy farmers, Milksha chooses to align with local suppliers to source its full-cream milk. Here, it’s using Maleny Dairies. Second, Milksha uses honey pearls that are free from preservatives and colouring, delivered from Taiwan and cooked in-store daily. Third is the tea leaf. Milksha sources loose-leaf tea from growing regions around the world, which is then steeped in finely filtered water to guarantee maximum flavour. Milksha is also endeavouring to reduce its environmental impact by using bamboo-fibre straws that are chemical and bioplastic free while still retaining structural integrity – no soggy cardboard straws here!
Though small, the dispensary packs a lot of character into its location, with vibrant neon signs illuminating a white-and-green colour scheme that has been accented by pastoral touches like timber furnishings and turf-like textures. There are a few seats inside for sipping, though speedy grab-and-go supply is what the concept does best. Milksha’s menu is divided into several easy-to-navigate sections, starting with premium fresh milk teas. Maleny Dairies milk is blended with the likes of genmaicha, Valrhona cocoa and taro to create a silky, full-bodied sip. Up next are the tea lattes, which infused with earl grey, jasmine, light-roasted oolong and barley teas. Milksha’s specialty drinks feature refreshing beverages like wintermelon lemon juice tea, mango green tea and ice blended orange green tea, while the those seeking a more indulgent option can opt for the froth-loaded cloudy cream teas. Additional toppings like honey peals, pudding, red bean, herbal jelly, coffee jelly and green-tea jelly allow guests to give their drink a personalised touch, while sugar and ice levels can also be adjusted to taste.
Milksha is now open to the public. Operating hours and other details can be found in the Stumble Guide.
Images three, four and five supplied by Milksha
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