A new venture which has brought a worldwide phenomenon to Ipswich was officially opened last night (Thursday 30th August), by Ipswich Olympian and Team GB hockey star Harry Martin.The Bubble Lounge, located in The Walk, Ipswich Town Centre sells Bubble Tea, which is a new takeaway drink craze currently taking the US and Europe by storm. It has been set up by local woman Karin Gillich who has created 5 new jobs in the process.
The official opening was performed in front of a gathered group of local business people, family and friends, all of whom had the opportunity to find out more about Bubble Tea; its origins, how it’s made and the many different varieties.
At the opening Karin said: “The Olympics has inspired so many people and we were over the moon when Harry agreed to come and perform our official opening. We’re so proud of our Olympians and as a local Ipswich boy we’re delighted to have him here.”
She continued: “The Bubble Lounge brings something different to Ipswich Town Centre and we hope the people of Ipswich will embrace it and be willing to come in and try Bubble Tea. We have a great team of staff here, all of whom are as excited about Bubble Tea as I am. We will all be working hard to make sure The Bubble Lounge is an Ipswich success story and plays its part in brightening up the High Street!”
Bubble Tea is a Taiwanese tea drink in origin. It contains a tea base mixed with fruity or milky flavours to create an amazingly refreshing drink, which can also be served warm. Bubble teas contain small chewy tapioca balls commonly called pearls and are served in a plastic glass sealed with cellophane. The cellophane is then pierced with an oversized straw large enough to allow the pearls to pass through. Additionally fun toppings can be added to the drink, such as burst in the mouth fruit juice pobbles, which add a fantastic twist to the drinks.
It rose to international recognition in the early part of the new millennium. It then migrated to the United States, Europe, and the rest of Asia.
McDonalds have also recently picked up on the craze, introducing Bubble Tea into its menus in Germany for the first time in mid-June. It is claimed that there are more Bubble Tea shops than some well know high street coffee shops in Canada.
The Bubble Lounge is also selling fat free frozen yoghurt, with a wide selection of toppings such as fresh fruit and cookies. Karin added: “We are also going to introduce hot drinks and homemade cakes onto our menu very soon so hopefully people will pop in and try all of our new offerings!”