Inside Milksha's first-ever North American location in Vancouver (PHOTOS)

Oct 18 2019, 2:32 pm

Popular Taiwanese bubble milk tea chain Milksha is gearing up to open its first North American location in Vancouver, and they’ve just revealed the opening date to Daily Hive.

Milksha has over 250 locations in Taiwan, along with other locations in Melbourne, Japan, Hong Kong, and Macau too.

This Vancouver outpost will be the first one on this continent, which is exciting stuff for fans of the brand who could only get a taste of its signature milk teas on trips abroad.

The new sweet spot is located at 1258 Robson Street, which is the former location of Poke Time Robson.

Milksha Vancouver

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Founded in 2004 in Tainan Jiali, Taiwan, Milksha is known for its specialty drinks made with high-quality ingredients, like fresh teas, juices, honey-soaked white pearls, and its delicious Dajia Taro, which is brought in from Taiwan and then steamed and mashed by hand in-store.

Milksha Vancouver

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Unlike some other tea chains that have rapidly expanded in Vancouver, Milksha plans to take it slow and ensure the quality and drinks are up to par.

Milksha does not use dry pearls in its drinks. The brand has invested in a fast freeze technology which maintains the texture and taste consistency of each pearl.

Pearls are transported by plane from Taiwan, where the brand’s staff cooks fresh pearls daily (it takes 90 minutes per bowl to cook).

The pearls used in Milksha’s beverages do not contain any preservatives, additives, or additional colouring.

Milksha Vancouver

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New tea is made every four hours at Milksha. The staff do not use tea bags, but rather soak tea leaves in boiling water, extract the taste of tea, and then manually filter them until the last drop.

In addition to the tea, pearls, and taro, Milksha uses extremely high-quality matcha powder from century-old Japanese brand Izumo Tousuien, along with premium Valrhona cocoa from France.

Milksha Vancouver

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The staff has been carefully trained, the ingredients have been thoughtfully chosen, and the space in Vancouver is almost ready for opening.

For its soft opening Milksha will be offering FREE drinks to the first 50 people in line, after that, the next 100 people will get a buy-one-get-one-free deal.

This soft opening will last for two days – October 26 and 27 – and patrons can choose from five best-selling drinks including Orange Green Tea, Izumi Matcha Fresh Milk, Bubble Black Tea Latte, Valrhona Cocoa Fresh Milk, and Taro Fresh Milk.

After the soft open, customers will be able to customize the sugar percentage, ice level, and heat level of their drink too.

Be sure to mark your calendars and be among the first to try this uber-popular brand from abroad right here in Vancouver.

Milksha Vancouver

Address: 1258 Robson Street, Vancouver

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