On one fateful night, I used to be channeling my inside lofi anime research lady on the primary flooring of Toni Morrison Corridor when a psychedelic rainbow signal close to the Crossings Café order kiosks caught my eye:
“Now Serving Bubble Tea Out there Close to You!”
I used to be intrigued. Like the typical Cornell boba rat, I take pleasure in an excellent bubble tea right here and there however seldom discover the time for a visit to U-Tea or Kung-Fu Tea. Now that it was out there within the comfort of my dorm constructing on campus, I needed to check how 4 flavors of the brand new bubble tea in Toni Morrison Corridor’s Crossings Café would dimension as much as the favored classics I order most steadily in Collegetown.
Taking a leap of religion, I made a decision to spend 16 BRBs to attempt the Thai, taro, Japanese inexperienced tea and strawberry boba flavors.
At first look, it’s practically unattainable to distinguish between a lot of the drinks. The barista who ready my order was gracious sufficient to put them in the identical order because the receipt, however in any other case, you actually wouldn’t have the ability to discern a Japanese inexperienced tea from a Thai milk tea. The Japanese inexperienced tea was extra golden than inexperienced, whereas the taro regarded grey greater than something.
On to my opinions on the flavors:
The primary sip hit me with that each one too acquainted starchy and saccharine wave of taro taste, just like what they use at U-Tea or Kung Fu — no complaints there. But, one thing was amiss. Did they use rice or soy milk this time as a substitute of complete? The extra I sipped, the earlier I noticed… there wasn’t any milk within the base. The taro taste was one of many extra concentrated milk teas I attempted, which isn’t saying a lot. My dearest buddies, it solely goes downhill from right here.
JAPANESE GREEN TEA: 3/10
A watery, murky mess. The refined, earthy notes of inexperienced tea have been missing and left to the buyer’s creativeness. The drink was overwhelmingly watery, however the place there have been hints of the inexperienced tea powder, the bitterness was overpowering. This drink would have been considerably higher with the addition of a candy and thicker base reminiscent of oat or evaporated milk to convey out the softer taste notes.
A very good Thai milk tea is good and complicated, bringing out a mix of herbs distinctive to Assam black tea reminiscent of pandan leaf, cardamom and cinnamon. But, it’s laborious for me to explain the style of this drink as a result of I discovered it troublesome to style… something.
I’m biased as a result of Thai milk tea is my favourite drink, and to bastardize it on this manner brings tears to my eyes, however it tasted as if somebody had whispered the phrases “Thai Milk Tea” into the drink as a substitute of infusing the beverage with the precise taste.
Whereas marketed as a milk tea on the order kiosks, the Strawberry Milk Tea resembled a Starbucks fruit tea refresher, which I wasn’t complaining about. Though it was a refreshing distinction from the flavorless concoctions I had sampled for the final ten minutes, the drink was pure sugar. It was extraordinarily concentrated, fruity and, in my skilled opinion, an excellent mixer for different particular drinks you might have at dwelling (wink wink).
But, all through the mediocrity of the ingesting expertise, there was one frequent denominator that exponentially worsened the whole taste-test. Completely nothing might have ready me for the tapioca. In comparison with how tapioca is conventionally soaked in syrup, honey or brown sugar, the bubbles tasted as in the event that they have been merely boiled in water and stirred into the drink. The whole lack of sweetness along with the chewiness of the pearls made for a downright nightmarish textural expertise.
Total, I didn’t enter this evaluation with the best expectations for Crossings Café. I’m very loyal to my girlies in Collegetown and I wouldn’t commerce the standard of a Soiled Milk Brown Sugar for something concocted within the bowels of North Campus. Quite, I got here into this taste-test anticipating that the Crossings’ boba might a minimum of function a determined lady’s substitute — that when I’ve fully slept by my morning alarms and missed the necessary class I’ve already gathered three absences for, in my slumberful confusion, I might briefly quench my desolate thirst with a chilly and comforting traditional Thai milk tea awaiting downstairs. Alas, what a horrible idiot I used to be!
In my skilled opinion, the 2 easy acts of utilizing an genuine milk base and soaking the boiled tapioca for a minimum of thirty minutes in a sugar syrup would make a universe of distinction for the standard of the drink. Sadly, I can not say with any quantity of honesty that these drinks of their present state are well worth the Huge Purple Bucks, and I don’t know if I can ever financially get better from this. Don’t be fooled by the handy attract of the Crossings Café bubble tea — you’re higher off making the journey to C-City.
Stacey Roy is a sophomore within the Faculty of Industrial and Labor Relations. She could be reached at [email protected].