I Highly Recommend ☆☆☆☆☆
Taipei Tea Shop offering: Milk Tea / Fresh Tea / Fruit & Herb Tea / Tea with Fruit / Matcha Tea / Juice / Icee / Chocolate Milk / Toppings: Chewy Pearls, Basil Seed, Grass Jelly, Coconut Jelly, Pudding, Aloe Vera, Passion Fruit, & Red Bean
Last Reviewed: 29 October 2014
When I first came to Taiwan, I got addicted to pearl milk tea. I enjoyed the pearl milk tea at almost every tea shop because I was so new to the beverage that I hadn't developed a critiquing ability for it yet. After about a year, I got tired of milk tea because I realized it was basically sugar milk when you order it normally, with full sugar. Maybe this was fine for me before because it was new, but I got tired of sweet milk with chewy tapioca balls. I decided to cut the sugar down to 25% or 50% so I could actually taste some tea, but all I ended up with was the taste of milk water. Therefore, I stopped drinking milk tea for a long period.
One day, I decided to get a milk tea again for old time sake. Presotea just happened to be the first tea shop that crossed my path. I didn't recall if I had ever had their milk tea before, so I thought it would be nice to try something new. I ordered a jasmine green milk tea with 25% sugar and melted ice (same thing as cold with no ice). I was very surprised by the powerful tea taste. Later, I found out why. Presotea is different than all other tea shops. They say that they use high quality tea, but that isn't what makes the difference. They don't brew their tea and leave it in large buckets all day like the other shops. Presotea brews your tea right after you order your drink, using an espresso-like machine developed for tea extraction. If you don't believe me, watch them after you order your drink. Notice the tea extraction machine behind the counter and no large buckets containing tea in sight. Because of their specialized method, the tea flavor in their drinks is powerful. At other tea shops you can barely taste the tea, or not at all. If you can't taste the tea, you're not drinking a milk tea; rather, you're drinking watered down milk, or if you order your milk tea with 75% or full sugar, you're drinking milk sugar.
I'm serious when I say that I now only get milk tea from Presotea. If there isn't a Presotea around, I don't drink milk tea. However, I will drink juice tea or other beverages besides milk tea at other tea shops.
Items I tried that aren't in the picture section:
Earl Grey Milk Tea + Basil Seeds (NT$40): When I want to add something that isn't filling in my Earl Grey milk tea, basil seeds work nicely. It makes the drink a little more exciting.
Jasmine Green Milk Tea + Pearls (NT$40): Chewy pearls with a nice, powerful jasmine green tea mixture.
Special Pearl Milk Tea (NT$40): Don't be confused by the word special, it's their normal pearl milk tea. However, it's special because you can actually taste the black tea in it due to their tea extraction process, unlike other tea shops.
Pineapple Pouchong Tea (NT$35): Pouchong tea (包種茶) has a taste between Oolong and green tea and only a slightly lower percentage of antioxidant benefits than said tea. Pouchong tea is produced mainly in Pinglin District in New Taipei City, Taiwan, and Fujian, China. Its name in Chinese, literally "the wrapped kind", refers to a practice of wrapping the leaves in paper during the drying process that has largely been abandoned due to more modern tea processing methods. The sweet pineapple chunks go very well with this tea, making it one of my favorite fruit tea drinks.
Crystal Winter Melon Tea: A horrible sugary mess. The only drink that I have ever disliked at Presotea. It literally tasted like I was drinking sugar. This drink was completely abominable!
Kumquat & Lemon Juice (NT$40): A pretty good version of the popular Taiwanese drink that people consume when they're sick or seeking something refreshing.
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No. 100, Sec. 2, Wuchang St., Wanhua Dist., Taipei City 108
Phone: (02) 2375-3399
English & Chinese Menu
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Presotea explains how they're different than other tea shops, and why they're the best.
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