With over 2,000 locations worldwide, CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice is one of the largest bubble tea franchises in the world. Founded in 1997 in Taiwan, Coco claims to serve 100 cups of bubble tea every second – now that’s a lot of bubble tea! Coco Fresh Tea & Juice made their debut into the Vancouver market earlier this year with the opening of a store at 3275 Kingsway. Following that, they opened a second location in Downtown Vancouver. I have visited the Downtown location several times now (see post here) and in general I think their bubble tea is pretty good. On the way home from Metrotown today, I decided to pick up some drinks at their Kingsway shop.
Coco Fresh Tea & Juice Menu
CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice serves authentic Taiwanese bubble tea, milk tea, latte, smoothies and juice. They have two sizes available: regular and large. Drinks are mostly priced between $4 – $5. You can also customize sweetness and level. To ensure the freshest drinks for customers, Coco ensures that tea is brewed and kept for up to 3 hours. Tapioca is made and stored up to 4 hours. All ingredients and equipment are shipped directly from Taiwan. This location is cash or interac only.
According to this news release, the three recommended signature drinks at Coco are:
- 3 Guys (milk tea with tapioca, pudding, grass jelly)
- Bubble GaGa (passion fruit tea with coconut)
- Sago Taro Milk Tea (taro milk tea served with sago bubble)
While the Downtown Vancouver location is small and better for take-out, the Kingsway location is more spacious and accommodating for eating in. They have a variety of dining tables and a counter by the window.
What I Tried
I’m a regular of the 3 Guys with a classic milk tea plus three different toppings, but this time around I noticed that they have 2 Ladies ($4.10). I got a regular sized 2 Ladies which has just two toppings (pearl and pudding) in milk tea. The second drink I got was one of their recommended drinks: a sago taro milk tea with pearl in regular size ($5.10).
The drinks from Coco Fresh Tea & Juice Kingsway today seemed to have a stronger tea flavour than ones I had from the Downtown location. The tapioca pearls were also particularly good: smooth and slightly soft on the outside, but chewy through to the middle with a slightly increasing level of firmness. The sago was also very tasty: jelly-like, chewy and refreshing.
Overall Impression of Coco Fresh tea & Juice Kingsway
Although both shops pretty much follow the same protocol, I thought the ones made here at Kingsway tasted better than their Downtown counterpart. I’d definitely be revisting them again in the future. Rating: 4/5