Quick scan at their menu and I realize that their drinks are a tad pricier compared to their peers with price ranging from IDR 30k-45k, but I had a good feeling they did it for a reason and for the quality that they’re trying to maintain, as for the drinks, most of them are tea based, but there are also the lattes (milk) and coffee drinks! The tea based drinks use premium organic tea, well they try to present premium ingredients for every drink here, literally what you expect from artisan beverages, even the selection of the finest matcha powder and more.
HOLY MOLY GUACAMOLE! I was a bit skeptical about this as I thought the milk and bubble combo will bloat me out, but since the recipe was smart and everything was measured smartly, the combo of everything was super tasty! I think I even like this better than the one that I had in Taiwan (Chen San Ding – well I like this one but somehow Ban Ban’s matched my palate better). The brown sugar bubble was sweet and caramelized but as you stir everything, they blend in just fine, and the bubble texture is just nicely chewy! FYI this is the only drink with light cream cheese topping, which is perfect knowing you already have full cream milk and bubble here, balance babe!
As for the Matcha Chizu (left), it’s also very good! From the first sip and quick peek at their open bar I knew they’re using high quality matcha powder here, none of that crappy cheap artificial shit and it did reflect on the taste! I like how the matcha is strong with a hint of bitter.
Kiwi Chizu (left), Berry Chizu (right)
The amount of kiwi used for this drink is undoubtably generous! This was very refreshing, genuinely fruity, as for the sweetness you can always adjust, but I’d like to go as low as 25%. One of MY FAVORITES has got to be the Berry Chizu which is also their best selling menu here! It’s the blend of strawberry, blueberry and raspberry with their organic tea and cream cheese topping, I prefer very little sugar for this one and more freshness, and seriously even after the cream cheese topping, it didn’t bloat me out, it was just fresh on a good balance.
Koffie Chizu and Choco Chizu
As expected, the coffee/chocolate and cream cheese combo makes a good duet, I don’t know how to explain it in details, but something about the cream cheese that’s perfectly balanced, both flavor and texture wise, creamy and oozin’ but not overly thick and greasy, so it really goes well with the fruit, tea, coffee and chocolate.
They also have mochi selections here (each priced at IDR 18k) and I must say they’re above decent, the rum raisin mochi is pretty tasty with spot on sweetness, I personally like this better than the black sesame mochi.