Taro Milkeshake

 
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On a slow, snowy day, our homie Spidey Girl developed a concoction to our absolute delight: Taro Milkshake. And it is as delicious as you would expect. This creamy cup of velvety goodness has a rich taro taste, a light purple color, and taro-ey smell. If you want to give this drink a shot yourself, order the following:

  • Normal taro serving

  • 225ml ice cream

  • regular amount of ice

  • Pair it with coffee jelly, boba, or both

If you like it, give Spidey Girl a thumbs up when you see her.

 

The Koi Tea Horchata

 
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Who knew horchata and boba go together like peanut butter and jelly (well, besides us)? Its rich, creamy, and cinnamon-y flavors combined with our signature boba makes my mouth water. Upon opening the store, we knew there would be obstacles introducing horchata with boba to the our diverse community as there are at least 9 wide variety of horchata styles, and this does not even touch the variation based on country and city. As people are particular with their horchata, we had to ensure ours was very distinctive to a particular technique as they widely vary. Here’s a stupidly brief rundown of horchata:

  • Horchata de Anjonjolí - grounded sesame seeds

  • Horchata de Arroz - a rice based one with at least 3 modifications

  • Horchata de Chabacano - apricot based, or sometimes with peaches or nectarines if apricots are not in season

  • Horchata de Chufa - based on ground and sweetened tiger nuts

  • Horchata Lojana - a completely different style that is simply an herbal drink fused with 18 different herbs

  • Horchata de Melón - ground melon seeds or cantaloupe depending on the county origin

  • Horchata de Moras - berry based

  • Horchata de Morro - contains gourd seeds rather than rice

  • Semilla de Jicaro - consists of grounded jicaro seeds with rice mixed with a range of different spices, nuts and seeds

As far as what is considered Koi Tea Horchata, it would be one of the Arroz variation with a hint of Moras style. We focus more on a creamier texture (Arroz) than ones you may find at certain taquerias or Tex-Mex with a whisper of a gritty texture (borrowed from Horchata de Morro). In all honesty, ours is probably a mix of Tex-Mex and American-ish horchata. As good base of our customers who purchase horchata hail from El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, and Puerto Rico, we aimed to make an encompassing horchata balancing the range of taste buds.

Would you want to try the other styles with boba?

 

Stuff We Rolled Out - November 2018 Edition

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Wow, another month has passed since we last posted. And guess what? We been opened for 6 months! Only 6 more months until our birthday.

Now the celebration is outta the way, here’s what we been cooking up in our spot:

  • Hot Drinks! We finally got our hot drinks up and running. Practically all of our milk based drinks can be turned hot.

  • Speaking of hot drinks, we got our own hot chocolate called Coco de Koi. Containing cocoa, cinnamon, and milk, this little bundle of joy will soothe the cold away.

  • On the ice cream front, we got Old Fashion and Garrisonville Road.

    • Old Fashion is basically strawberries and bananas with chocolate on top.

    • Garrisonville Road was inspired by rocky road ice cream and named after one of the main pavements in Stafford and our location. Filled with brownie mix, marshmallow, and topped with more marshmallow.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the things we will be rolling out soon-ish:

  • Another new menu design coming up.

  • Opportunities to join our boba gang.


Is there something you really want to see happen at our store? Comment below and we’ll add it to our product roadmap.

 

Stuff We Rolled Out - October 2018 Edition

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It’s been quite a ride since we first opened our doors, and did we learn a butt ton of stuff. After gathering feedback from you all, we have rolled out a few updates to enhance your experience at our cozy home:

  • We got a new milk option! For our customers who can’t digest dairy, we have organic coconut milk available in addition to our regular almond milk.

  • Like our drinks and want a discount? Then join us for Happy Hour Monday through Wednesday from 2pm to 5pm for a 10% discount.

  • A new drink has emerged and its name is Stay Breezy. This green tea based drink is mixed with strawberry and kiwi, and goes great with any of the popping boba.

  • Our new cups came in. If you scan the QR code, you’ll get a cute little surprise. We’ll change it up occasionally to whatever mood we may be in.

  • For our ice cream addicts, let’s introduce our three new flavors: Nana’s Apple Pie, Peach Cobbler, and Hermana’s Delight.

    • Nana’s Apple Pie is a homey remix of the classic apple pie in a sweet ice cream form containing cinnamon flavored apples, graham crackers, and more cinnamon!

    • Turning another traditional dessert into ice cream, Peach Cobbler brings the old fashion flavors with the simple ingredients of peach and graham crackers, then finished off with a small drizzle of peach syrup.

    • Hermana’s Delight was named after the facial expression our homie, Hellen Martinez Lemus, made once this frozen delight touched her lips. She was in complete bliss. Additionally, she’s basically family, hence the name Hermana’s Delight. It’s mixed with Chips Ahoy, Hershey’s chocolate syrup, and topped with Nestle’s chocolate chips.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the things we will be rolling out soon-ish:

  • Dessert remixes for specific holidays

  • Hot versions of some drinks


Is there something you really want to see happen at our store? Comment below and we’ll add it to our product roadmap.

 

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

 

Remixing one of our signature drink, the frozen strawberry lemonade shall quench any thirst you may have. Here's how to order:

  • 2 scoops of strawberry jam
  • 1.5 lemon juice
  • 500 ml ice
  • 100 ml water
  • Boba

Since this is a frozen drink, make sure you finish the boba off or else they get hard. Well, assuming you don't want hard boba (no judgement shall be passed).

 

Tres Leches Drank

 

One of our customers love our tres leches so much, he asked if we could do it in a drink. He tried both milkshake and regular drink; he couldn't figure out which one he loved more. Here's how to order both:

  • Regular Drink
    • 1 oz condensed milk
    • 1 oz evaporated milk
    • 600 ml whole milk
  • Milkshake
    • 1 oz condensed milk
    • 1 oz evaporated milk
    • 500 ml ice cream
    • 100 ml ice

Whether it's a regular drink or milkshake, it has all the milkiness you crave!

 

Fruity Pebbles Tea

 
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I bet Fred Flintstone didn't think about making his signature cereal into a boba tea. If you want something with a slightly fruity flavor and can't commit to one, then maybe this is up your alley. Here's how to order:

  • Milk
  • Small samples of each fruity flavored popping boba/bursting boba/poppers; whichever name you're familiar. 

If you want a bit more flavor in the drink, ask for ONE (1) of the popping boba syrups to be poured at 1/2 oz. If you try doing any more than one flavor, it will come out flavorless as none of them will stick out.

Be careful, Barney may try swiping your drink!

 

Crash Bandicoot's Wumpa Juice

 
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If you're a 90's kid and grew up with a game controller in your hand, then Crash Bandicoot should ring a bell. If not, there's plenty of new games in modern times to help. Crash's favorite fruit is called wumpa or wumpa fruit. According to the trivia section of Bandipedia The Crash Bandicoot Wiki, it is said,

They have a strong resemblance to apples or peaches, and their colors have a strong resemblance to apples or mangoes. 

Based on this, our mixologists tested a combination of fruits to replicate, and concluded peaches and mangoes would be the best combo. Here's how to order:

  • 600 ml green tea
  • 1 oz mango syrup
  • 1 oz peach syrup
  • 1 serving of peach popping boba
  • 1 serving of mango popping boba

If you're in the mood for a bit of 90's nostagalia, then this is the drink for you. 

 

Horchata Fresas

 

Based on the Klass package, this drink has a mild taste of strawberries mixed with our horchata, and of course has boba because hello. I got funny looks when I told a barista to make it, then explained the Klass package. After making it, they quickly changed their minds. Quote, "It tastes like strawberry milk." Not a bad comparison since there's a good amount of milk in there mixed with strawberry syrup. Here's how to order:

  • Regular horchata
  • 1 oz strawberry syrup
  • Boba

And that's it. Pretty refreshing if you want to mix things up a bit. 

 

Dirty Grandpa

 

This one has a special story, so bare with me. The drink was originally crafted by Cheyenne Houghton and was written on our recipe book. When a coworker tried to read her handwriting, he read it as "dirty uncle", or something along those lines. After unsuccessfully deciphering the text, he started calling it the dirty grandpa, and that's how the name stuck. Here's how to order:

  • 600ml ice cream
  • 4 Oreo's
  • Boba

If you don't want boba, it would be 700ml of ice cream. But who wouldn't want it with boba? Disclaimer: the boba will get harder the longer it sits inside the milkshake. We recommend drinking it quickly before that happens at the risk of a brain freeze.