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KOI Café was originated from Taiwan in 1994 which opened afew of their branches in Singapore. Chinatown, Marine Parade & Toa Payoh Central are one of the few.

They have a wide range of Bubble tea like Blended, Flavored Tea, Milk Tea & Chewing Tea. Mini Pearls or Jelly for Bubble Tea. They also serve both hot & cold Coffee. Cold drinks are ranged from Small to Large. Hot Coffee have 8oz and 12oz version. Prices range from $1.40 to $5 for bubble tea and $2.80 to $6.70 for coffee.

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  1. foodphd
     30 Mar 2011 at 10:07 am

    With the new entrants like Koi Café, 贡茶 and the long standing Each-A-Cup, the bubble tea industry in Singapore has once again been revived. Well, we have never been fans of bubble tea. Somehow, we just don’t seem to appreciate the fuss and long queues over it. Hence, we have never thought of trying Koi Café before.

    But that doesn’t mean we haven’t try Koi Café before. In fact, because of friends, we had the chance to try 2 different flavours – Macchiato Green Tea (50% sugar level) and Cacao Barry (100% sugar level).

    The Macchiato Green Tea differed from conventional milk tea; there wasn’t a need to shake the cup to ensure a homogeneous mixture of milk tea. On the contrary, we must never shake the Macchiato Green Tea as it is meant to be a layered drink. It was made up of around 1/3 layer of fresh milk and 2/3 layer of green tea. There weren’t any pearls and we weren’t given straws. Rather, we were given a small plastic knife to make a hole for us to drink from. Pretty interesting. But we weren’t exactly blown away or deeply impressed by our Macchiato Green Tea. It tasted mediocre.The first mouth was largely fresh milk, as you drank further, you get to slurp in more green tea. And towards the end, it was just green tea. Overall, it felt like the typical ice cream float, but in this case, with vanilla ice cream topped over green tea. Ok, we are no connoisseurs of bubble tea/milk tea. We just felt that the best thing about Koi Café is that we can determine the sugar level, so 50% was just nice for us.

    The Cacao Barry was bought as a treat from a friend. Given a choice, we would probably not choose 100% sugar level. The Cacao Barry was meant to be dark chocolate, so adding too much sugar would seemingly destroy the essence of drinking dark chocolate. And true enough, Cacao Barry (with 100% sugar level) was too sweet and it tasted like Ice Milo. However, in this version, we get to taste the pearls. And Koi’s pearls are indeed pretty good. It was on the softer side, slightly chewy and not overly huge. It had a subtle sweetness and was pretty commendable.

    We have never had milk tea cravings and ultimately, we would never queue for it either. Milk/bubble teas are still not our cup of tea.

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    1. pohlingchoo
       22 Jul 2009 at 2:28 pm

      Although their drinks is compatible however their staffs have ettiquette problem. Understand they are not singaporeans. I have purchased from Marine Parade brance twice and I find the staffs do not speak much. Especially when you ask more, they feel irritated. Once they even criticise Singaporeans are idots or stupid when other customers are still in queue. Aren't they not afraid of offending their customers. I think inorder to rate them they need to change their attitude towards customer. There are still rooms to improve.

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      1. intsymoo
         08 Jan 2009 at 2:59 pm

        there are two types of bubbles here, big and small. i've tried both and they presented quite different taste. the small ones all gush into your mouth everytime you suck on your straw, and it's quite overwhelming the first time i tried. haha. it's qt nice actually. cos u'd feel all satisfied being stuffed with pearls in your mouth. lol

        but if u're like me, who likes to chew on pearls, maybe u'll still like the good ol' big pearls. so good to bite on!

        tea wise the flavour taste pretty authentic, the original that is. very aromatic tea taste. the variant flavours are qt normal. i tried the choco and it's just like cocoa powder? but they're nt stingy in the flavour tho so it's really rich.

        a little more costly than the normal ones like sweet talk, but for that few cents more you can taste more authentic and aromatic tea, so try it someday!

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