Tea 18

We’ve passed by Tea 18 a few times and finally had time to give it a try after dinner. It’s next to a Xin Fu Tang and Coco’s.

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Sign outside.

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Hours. Open every day!

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Both visits we’ve dropped in on a Saturday (around 6:15pm). It wasn’t busy but there’s people coming in and out. They have the strangest swinging chairs as seats; if you’re accident prone, be careful.

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The menu is split into handmade fresh boba, exclusive collection, fruit tea, foam tea, Taiwan pure, summer slush, Taiwan classic flavour, Taiwan high mountain tea and coffee.

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They also have some posters up for other drinks and snacks.

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They make their own flavoured pearls (a la OneZo style).

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They also had some desserts on display but I’ve never seen anyone buy/try them.

Trip #1
Brown sugar bubble with matcha milk ($5.89 medium)
DSC06698We added the combo ($3.50) to try a bubble waffle. Waffle was excellent; fresh, crispy and fluffy inside.

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The brown sugar pearls had a good texture and were clearly freshly made. Liked their pearls significantly more than XFT.

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We went with 50% sugar and 30% ice. Pearls were sweet but balanced well with the rest of the drink.

Trip #2
Handmade matcha bubble fresh milk tea ($5.79 large)
DSC06784We added the combo again ($3.50). Waffle was good again.

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We weren’t impressed with the matcha pearls; taste is very subtle and nowhere near as good as their brown sugar pearls. I got hints of their tea flavour but it wasn’t strong enough. Flavour was watered down.

Brown sugar bubble with matcha milk ($5.89 medium)
DSC06782J ended up getting the same one we ordered first visit but added matcha and caramel pearls ($0.50 extra each).

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Trip #3
Herb jelly fresh milk tea ($5.99 large)
UntitledThe grass jelly was decent but tea flavour was lacking.

Taiwan no. 18 ruby black tea ($3.99 large)
UntitledThis was bad. Really weak tea flavour. Essentially, the drink tasted like water with a hint of tea.

Cash or debit only. Get the bubble waffle.

Tea 18
https://www.tea18burnaby.com/
6285 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC
(604) 423-2953

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