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Cheese Tea— Everything You Need to Know

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As you scroll you stop to look at this very aesthetically pleasing tea drink from your favorite boba cafe. This tea drink you find so mesmerizing is known as cheese tea or cheese milk foam tea. But you begin to ask yourself is this cheese tea thing even good? What does this cheese tea drink even taste like? Is it super salty like normal cheese? What kind of cheese is even used? 

After all those questions pop into your head you make a quick Google search and that’s how you ended up here, cheese tea at Talk Boba. If you don’t already know Talk Boba is the most engaging boba community on the internet. We write boba recipes, talk about all things boba, the tea used in boba and even have interviews with people that enjoy bubble tea and its culture very much! 

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We’re not here to drink boba and talk about Lion King though, we’re here to help you discover everything you need to know about cheese tea. 

What is Cheese Tea? 

It’s very simple actually! Cheese tea is an Asian inspired tea beverage pioneered from East Asia that has a robust tea base that is topped with sweet or salty cheese milk foam. It is generally served cold. Other names for this type of tea include cheese foam, cheese mousse, salty mousse and cheese cap tea. 

Cheese tea has a few ingredients that make up for it’s magical taste and texture. Obviously the drink has tea but the cheese foam specifically only includes cream cheese, milk and whipping cream, that’s it! 

Depending on the store that makes cheese tea drinks they might have their own secret recipe. Sometimes the milk foam of the cheese tea drinks will be salty and other times the milk foam will be sweet! Either way, they’re both just as delicious. 

You’ll typically find cheese tea made with traditional black tea, green tea, matcha tea, oolong tea earl grey tea and a few other tea bases. It really works with almost any traditional dark to medium grade tea, see all kinds of different tea bases here. 

Where Did Cheese Tea Come From? 

Cheese tea was made popular overseas in China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and a few other East and South East Asian countries. 

Just like traditional bubble tea or boba, cheese tea has been a staple in the Asian food and beverage scene for years, even Japan has began to adopt it. It was only until recently that the United States and other parts of the world started to adopt the idea of cheese tea. You can say the other parts of the world including the US have been slow at adopting delicious drink ideas from the Asian culture, but that’s where Talk Boba is here to help! 

Where Can I Find Cheese Tea? 

Gong Cha 

High quality premium bubble tea found in many states in the United States. With over 10 locations across busy urban cities like New York and Los Angeles you’ll be able to find cheese tea fairly easy from Gong Cha. Their milk foam series includes green tea, black tea, earl grey tea, oolong tea, dirty brown sugar pearl milk tea (our favorite milk foam tea) and winter melon. 

Hey Tea

A huge tea chain serving up some of the most premium and high quality tea blends in China and Asia. Hey Tea offers their original cheese tea that has its cheese imported from New Zealand. You know you have some great products when you take the extra step to import from one of the best dairy countries. 

Happy Lemon

Founded in 2006, Happy Lemon is one of the boba places in the industry that took the world by storm. With locations in over 100 cities, you’ll find a Happy Lemon tea house within minutes more often than not. Popularized by it’s “rock salted cheese” tea, Happy Lemon also serves up some other great bubble teas and smoothies.

Milk Sha 

A very popular bubble tea cafe located in Singapore. They serve their bubble tea with the highest quality and freshest ingredients they can find around. This makes their cheese tea absolutely delicious! They have multiple tea bases for their specialized cheese tea similar to Gong Cha. If you’re in Singapore, visit here with your boba squad! 

Koi 

Boasting the idea that they’re the “only hand masters at artisan tea” and we believe them! Their brand and aesthetic are so beautiful it’s hard not to recognize their amazing work, and bubble tea of course. Located heavily around Asia and one location in New York you’ll find some great tasting cheese milk foam. If you ever get a chance try Koi. 

Get Hooked on Cheese Tea Today

Now that you know everything you need to know about cheese tea are you ready to give it a try? We highly recommend finding one of the places we mentioned above in order to give this tea a try. Whether its sweet milk foam or salty milk foam you’ll be in for an experience, a lovely one. If you love silky smoothe textures of lattes you’ll definitely love cheese tea with its balance in deep flavors from the tea base to the sweet and milky flavors of everything else. 

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