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Did you know that bubble tea originated in Taiwan in the 1980s? Bubble tea comes generally in two types: milk tea and fruit-flavored tea. While I have not had a bubble tea that I enjoyed, I surfed over to Lollicup’s website to see what they offered, and stumbled upon something that interested me.

“Lollicup has launched two delightful new flavors of milk teas and slush – Caramel and Hazelnut Milk Tea and Caramel and Hazelnut Milk Tea Slush. These fresh and tasty flavors, before only offered in Asia, are now available at participating Lollicup Coffee and Tea locations nationwide.

The Caramel Milk Tea infuses Lollicup’s signature iced milk tea with creamy caramel into a smooth concoction, which is then topped with an exquisite layer of frothy milk foam and swirls of caramel sauce. If one prefers a blended drink, this is also offered as slush by simply blending the same ingredients with ice.

Hazelnut Milk Tea merges Lollicup’s signature iced milk tea and scrumptious hazelnut flavor into a velvety drink, which is then covered with a creamy layer of milk foam and accented with chocolate powder. This is also available in slush form.”

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Photo courtesy of Lollicup’s website.

Breakfast and after morning yoga tea:

pomegranate wu wei herbal iced tea from Kookoo Cafe (7 Station Street, Brookline)

DELICIOUS! I am hooked. Not only does this tea have an excellent flavor, but also it feels good to drink it. This tea is made with freshly squeezed pomegranate juice, hibiscus, lemon grass, lavender, cloves, stevia, and other ingredients that I cannot remember. The staff at Kookoo throw in a fresh mint leaf and a slice of lemon, which adds to the drinking experience. Before drinking this, I was not sure I liked pomegranate juice, but I am a convert. Stopping at Kookoo for a cup of this iced tea will be a weekly ritual for me this summer, for sure.