Bubble tea contains boatloads of hidden sugar, and if that horrifies you enough to cut down on your consumption, weâ€™ve got an alternative. Hailed as Singaporeâ€™s first kombucha tea bar, Teabrick runs like your usual bubble tea store, offering teas that come with toppings and sugar level adjustments, but its brews are touted to actually be good for you.
If youâ€™re unfamiliar with kombucha, itâ€™s essentially fermented tea chock full of probiotic goodies that boost your gut health. And here, in a tiny, vibrantly-hued space right smack Raffles Place, CBD workers have already been getting in line since the storeâ€™s opening for their post-lunch dose of tea drinks.
For $4.80, you can get kombucha inÂ options like bitter orange, lemongrass, hibiscus, and matcha. The flavors are subtle but tend towards the saccharine side, so if you donâ€™t have much of a sweet tooth, go for the less sweet or unsweetened versions.
Teabrick ferments its own lemonade for $4.80 as well, in â€œfermenadeâ€ variations such as sparkling, honey, blue pea, matcha, lemongrass, and hibiscus. If youâ€™d like to find out more about each drink, the friendly faces behind the counter will be more than happy to explain and recommend.
Slushies ($6.40) also feature on the menu, so you can fill up on cups of purple yam, honey avocado, and matcha milk. For a perk-me-up, drip coffee goes at $2.80, or you can try the brandâ€™s coffee â€œfermenadeâ€ ($4.80). Those who canâ€™t ignore their tea cravings can sip on brews ($3.40) like pu-erh, Earl Grey, and hibiscus, or add milk or the now-trending cheese cream ($3.80) to your chosen drink.
As with any proper bubble tea place, toppings are available as well, though tapioca pearls arenâ€™t anywhere to be found. Instead, theyâ€™re replaced by healthier substitutes ($0.80 each) such as red bean rice, kanten jelly, Earl Grey jelly, chia seeds, goji berries, snow fungus, and aloe vera, so itâ€™s all in theme with your less-guilty beverage of choice.
Teabrick is at #01-04 Royal Group Building, 3 Phillip St.
8776-5563. Mon-Fri 10:30am-7:30pm.
MRT: Raffles Place
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