In a city of contrasts, where age-old classics and traditional flavours meet modern sensibilities, tea connoisseurs and bubble tea lovers alike can gear up for a whirlwind of thrills as the much-anticipated CHICHA San Chen (吃茶三千) is set to officially open on 14 May 2019. Located at 313@Somerset, the tea boutique delves into the delicate nuances of Taiwanese tea, tantalizing your taste buds with a fresh brew that comes to life in a modern interpretation; artisanal flavours and toppings deftly blended in a concoction of your own.
Originated from Taichung, CHICHA San Chen prides itself on using only high-quality ingredients and tea leaves harvested from the local farms, to emulate the authentic bubble tea experience akin to having it in Taiwan. Melding Taiwanese tea culture with technological innovation, each order is individually prepared on the spot using a patented, second-generation Teapresso machine Lion II to roast and brew the tea leaves – all within two minutes. Led by a team of trained staff, the tea base is consistent in its quality, yet unique in its aromatic and flavour profile, as the water temperature, time and tea-to-water ratio is set accordingly to the different tea varieties.
There are a total of six tea varieties available at CHICHA San Chen, from classic favourites Green tea and Black tea, to Cassia Black tea, High Mountain Pouchong tea, Osmanthus Oolong tea and Dong Ding Oolong tea, which was awarded three golden stars – the top accolade for superior taste and quality – by the prestigious International Taste and Quality Institute (iTQi).
Once customers have selected their tea base, they can choose from an array of flavours to layer the fresh brew with a tropical note, a hint of honey, or an extra creamy kick. Each CHICHA San Chen creation is then topped with a choice of coconut jelly or the perfectly chewy, caramel-flavoured bubbles which are 1.5 times bigger than usual; the bubbles are cooked and served in batches every three hours. Those looking for a warm indulgence can also opt for a hot version of the drinks, and customers will be able to select their sugar and ice levels. The price starts from $3.50 per cup.
The first-of-its-kind in Singapore with a tea appreciation counter for customers to taste Taiwan’s Lishan Qingxin Oolong tea in five different roast levels, CHICHA San Chen also retails a selection of tea varieties available in loose leaf tea cannisters and tea bags to enjoy in the comfort of your home, as well as tea gift sets for that special one.
Come 14 May 2019, customers can look forward to delight in the refreshing taste and natural goodness of Taiwanese tea.
CHICHA San Chen (吃茶三千)
313 Orchard Road, #03-41
313@Somerset, Singapore 238895
Opening hours: 10am-10pm