Mega-chain Chatime started off in the bubble tea motherland — aka Taiwan — back in 2005, and, since then, has expanded to over 2000 outposts worldwide. And 120 of those are in Australia. Sydney specifically boasts 30 stores citywide, with more than 10 locations in the CBD alone. It serves up all of your usual suspects, including brown sugar pearls, matcha and oolong milk teas, plus heaps of fruity, no sugar and soy options — and they're all done well. For true fans, there's also a Chatime app and free 'loyal-tea club', which gets you perks like freebies on your birthday, points for every dollar spent, queue skipping and other members only benefits.
In a win for the environment, the chain is also aiming to eliminate all single-use plastics — including straws, cups, lids, cup seals and bags — by the end of 2020
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