It only took five months for another Taiwan-based bubble tea house franchise to follow CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice’s footsteps but Chatime is here! Launching simultaneously, two new locations will now service Edmonton’s bubble tea-lovers. I can already tell you that the Jasper Avenue location is gathering crowds.
Located in the Baker Centre on Jasper Avenue and 104th Street, the downtown Chatime helps spread the bubble tea radius further east towards Tea Fusion in Edmonton City Centre. (For reference, competitors CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice and Purple Bubble Tea on 109th Street, and Dream Team House in Oliver Square anchor west of downtown.) The Whyte Avenue location is right in the heart of Strathcona, only two spots down from Nudoru Japanese Noodle and Tapas. Chatime is rapidly expanding with over 1000 locations in 26 different countries and as of August last year, has numerous locations in Vancouver and metropolitan area, 12 locations in Ontario alone, and 1 location in Calgary. Add Edmonton to that growing list!
The menu is similar to most big global franchise teahouses: a selection of milk teas, fruit teas, fresh teas, and a variety of specialty drinks like “Chatime Jelly”, which include a combination of pearls and coconut jelly, and “Mousse/Latte”. Most drinks come in two sizes: regular and large; and none, with the exception of the “Chatime Jelly” come with any toppings. The addition of pearls, grass jelly, or pudding will cost you and extra $0.50, and premium toppings like coconut jelly, red be a, aloe vera, and coffee jelly will cost you $0.75. I’ve never had cream mousse before but that’s an extra $1.00 I’m willing to pay for next time to try! Sugar content can be adjusted (0%, 30% 50%, 80%, regular, or 120%), as is ice when ordering a cold drink (0%, 80%, regular, 120%).
When in doubt, order any of the Chatime Recommendations! So far, I’ve tried the Taro Milk Tea (30% sugar, 80% ice) with Pearls and the Peach Green Tea (80% sugar, 80% ice) with Pearls. On my first visit, the Taro Milk Tea was visibly gritty and the texture was just not up to snuff. I’m hoping they will fix that and that’s not a standard quality. My Peach Green Tea was made perfectly and something I’m more likely to order at any given bubble tea place. For myself, 80% sugar was just a touch sweet and I’ll have to try 50% sugar next time. Joe ordered the Passion Fruit Green Tea (30% sugar, 80% ice) with Pearls both trips, happy with his first order. The pearls were fresh on both occasions and I was impressed with how much you get, in proportion to the drink.
Chatime is using Vicinity as their rewards points (additional $1.00 to become a member). Worth the cost if you’ll be frequenting either locations. Grand opening is slated for tomorrow and between November 11 and November 13, there’s a buy one get one free deal (buy any drink get one Chatime Milk Tea or Roasted Milk Tea for free) and between November 14 and November 16, upgrade your beverage (excluding hot and coffee series) to a large size for free. Offer was posted at the Jasper Avenue Chatime location although both addresses are available, so I assume that both locations will honour the deal!
— cindy (letsomnom) (@cindurh) November 11, 2016
Check it out and let me know what you think! At the time of posting: hours are Sunday to Thursday, noon until 10pm; Friday and Saturday, noon until 11pm.
10405 Jasper Avenue
10538 82 Avenue