If you have not yet heard of the milk tea, it would not be unreasonable to ask you under what rock you have been hiding yourself in the past year. Milk tea, specifically the type known as bubble tea or boba tea, is the latest beverage to grip consumers’ tastes in the Philippines and it has gripped hard, judging by the strong performance thus far of the tea shops specializing in it.
Even smaller stores or stalls reportedly sell around 300 drinks in a single working day, which shows how profitable this milk tea business can be. Furthermore, major restaurant chains; including some of the most internationally recognizable fast food brands the world over – have put their stamp of approval on the product as well, adding milk tea products to their lines in different countries. It is clear there is demand for it, so it makes sense for enterprising people to try to come up with a supply.
If you are interested in becoming a milk tea supplier Philippines by opening your own store or stall, you shall need a few things first. Since we here at PHNI, are in the business of supplying other businesses, specifically those that provide bubble tea to end-consumers, then we think we are in a good position to share our experiences and knowledge about this topic.
The first thing you shall need would be the ingredients that go into the drinks themselves, of course. Since milk tea shops are expected to provide a diverse menu, having only one product offering would mean death for any shop in the specialty beverages industry, you can expect to have to seek out quite a lot of ingredients for your venture, and you shall need to devote significant time to seeking them out besides deciding which ones you must have and which ones you can do without.
Your standard bubble tea ingredients list includes tapioca pearls (dehydrated for easy storage, of course), flavorings like syrups and powders, tea leaves and powders, milk, creamers, sugar, artificial sweeteners (for diabetics), ice, and, of course, water. Other ingredients may be rendered necessary by your recipes or special products.
For example, a lot of tea shops create proprietary products and blends that depend on fresh fruit, additions of special spices such as nutmeg and cardamom, unusual tea leaves that come from exotic locations, blends of tea with coffee, and so on.
Besides the ingredients, you shall also need some basic bubble tea equipment like the sealing machine. This is used to seal bubble tea cups that have been filled. On that note, you shall need supplies for your sales, of course, like the plastic cups, specially sized straws, and other related objects.
Finally, you shall need some well-trained and reliable staff for your bubble tea store. The staff have to be taught how to operate the machines and how to make all the drinks properly, of course. If you do not know where to start with staff orientations, you can rely on companies like ours, here at Popular Household Names Inc., to take care of the practical training: you can establish your company rules later, once your employees have been taught all they need to know about the tea itself and how to be a proper tea shop barista.