We’ve had artisan cold brew coffees, artisan sourdoughs, artisan bagels….. And now, there’s a surge in artisan bottled Hong Kong-style milk tea brands. Keep on reading for the most talked about up-and-coming artisan milk tea brands in town.
Founded by a group of milk tea lovers in 2019, Mt Waves is hand-brewed in Hong Kong and machine-bottled, without any additives and preservatives. Their milk tea comes in four flavors, and uses a blend of five to six types of tea leaves to create the perfect tea base.
“2019 Contest” is based on the recipe that the founder used in the 2019 annual milk tea Kam Cha Competition. He won second place, and the recipe features a strong flavor profile and thick, creamy texture. “Modern” is more aromatic and much lighter in texture. “Traditional”, which is their most popular flavor, is the classic CCT cuppa — strong, intense, and creamy, with a long-lasting aftertaste. Perfect for those with a sweet tooth, “Cha Jau” is milk tea with condensed milk instead of sugar.
How much: HK$42 per bottle, HK$140 for a set of four
From milk tea master Chan Tsz Ping, who won first place in Hong Kong’s annual milk tea competition in 2019, and his students, Sifu Good Tea only makes 500 bottles per week. The milk teas are hand-brewed with no additional preservatives, and each batch requires six processing steps. Sifu Good Tea has a balanced flavor profile that’s rich, creamy, fragrant all at the same time, perfect to pair with food from noodles to cakes and egg tarts.
How much: HK$25 per bottle
KamCha, which means golden tea in Cantonese, has been promoting milk tea culture and hosting Hong Kong’s annual milk tea competition since 2009. They recently came up with their own bottled milk tea after two years of research and development. Made with 100% ceylon tea leaves and pasteurized evaporated milk, KamCha’s milk tea boasts a balanced flavor profile and a lighter mouthfeel compared to traditional formulas, making it great for everyday drinking.
How much: HK$15 per bottle
Where to buy: KamCha (online)
Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Caring Tea is a takeaway tea shop that pairs Hong Kong-style milk tea with Taiwanese toppings like bubbles. Their “HK Stocking Milk Tea” is hand-brewed pot by pot at the shop, using actual stockings. The tea base uses a blend of four tea leaves from Sri Lanka, and has the fruitiness and fragrance without just the right amount of astringency. Each pot takes about 20 minutes to brew, and is sold by the cup with Taiwanese toppings or by the bottle for drinking at home!
How much: HK$25 per bottle
Where to buy: Shop 1B8 and 1B9, Yue Man Square, 33 Hip Wo Street, Kwun Tong (Closed on Mondays)
Created from a 30-year-old formula from cha chaan teng Kam Tai Pan by 2018 Hong Kong KamChha Competition winner, Yee Siu is a handcrafted milk tea that boasts the old-school style of milk tea that has a strong tea flavor, smooth creamy texture and a thick mouthfeel. The reformulation takes into account our changes in tastes, and uses much less sugar than before while making no compromises on flavor.