CHATIME Good Tea, Good Time Opens in Davao at SM Lanang Premier

It’s CHATIME Davao! And the milk tea craze goes on for milk tea lovers in Davao…

Photo credits to DAVAOFOODTRIPS.com

Chatime Philippines opens in Davao City at SM Lanang Premier

Christmas Day as in December 25, 2012 became memorable to the growing milk tea lovers in Davao City which waited for Chatime Philippines to open it’s branch at SM Lanang Premier. I wanted to try this milk tea brand after joining in the milk tea craze among friends in Davao then last year or so. Milk tea these days aim to be considered as an affordable alternative to pricey coffee shops. I first heard of it thru a friend before our last trip to Manila last October 2012. Then when I got the chance to see a small stall which is the Chatime Landmark Bridgeway, Makati store branch, I was having second thoughts buying since there were too many options and we were in fact in a hurry to go some place else.

Now that Chatime has opened in Davao. It is operated by Fruitea Phils. Inc.It gives us another choice of milk tea to patronize. I need not go to Manila anymore to try it for the first time. The Chatime store in SM Lanang is located at the Atrium right beside The French Baker which also owns it. It is strategically located in such a way that most people coming down from the escalator easily sees Chatime on their way down from the second floor.

Chatime means sunrise in Chinese. From what I have gathered, Mr. Johnlu Koa of The French Baker Inc. obtained the Chatime master franchise for the Philippines. Mr. Johnlu could have been the man we saw during the first week of their opening who was overseeing things at The French Baker and also at Chatime that time. Photos I have seen online looks like him. *wink*

Their best-selling drink is still the signature Chatime Pearl Milk Tea since it opened in April 2, 2011 in the Philippines. It is also the first Chatime drink we got to try being listed as number 1 in their list of best-sellers followed by Chocolate Mousse which will eventually become my fave Chatime drink. Extra mousse, less ice please! *wink* I told myself and hubby that every next time we get to buy from Chatime, we will try a different/new drink. But I see myself getting stuck with the mousse drink since I really like HL’s RSC.

Here is the Chatime drinks menu…

Chatime Philippines opens in Davao City at SM Lanang Premier



Chatime Philippines opens in Davao City at SM Lanang Premier

Drinks size choices are Large and Regular sizes as shown by Ms. Jen of Chatime SM Lanang branch.

They have Ice Options and Sugar Options. You can adjust the level of sugar in your drinks.

Chatime Philippines opens in Davao City at SM Lanang Premier

Chatime uses RFID (radio frequency identification) buzzers like the one we first get to try at Sencha Davao more than a year ago and with CBTL recently.

Chatime uses RFID (radio frequency identification) buzzers at Chatime SM Lanang Premier Davao

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They give out this buzzers to customers after ordering then it would light up and vibrate to prompt the customer when the ordered drink is ready at the pick-up counter. The purpose of the use of these buzzers is to relieves most of the “counter stress” that they call which people or customers who easily get impatient waiting may experience. Customers can go around and chat with their family, friends or officemates perhaps while waiting for their drinks.

This is their pick-up counter where customers claim their drinks once the buzzer lights up and vibrates.

Chatime Philippines opens in Davao City at SM Lanang Premier

Chatime Philippines opens in Davao City at SM Lanang Premier

This is the best selling Chatime drink – Pearl Milk Tea. We went for the large size P90. The taste reminds me of that popular local milk tea I first tasted which costs almost half the price. *wink* Anyway, it is always your choice on which brand to spend your money on.

Chatime Philippines opens in Davao City at SM Lanang Premier Pearl Milk Tea bestseller

Photo credits to DAVAOFOODTRIPS.com

Notice how many the pearls they put into the drink here on the photo below. I hope they maintain that and it won’t lessen as the days/months go by. Quality and quantity that’s worth the money should be maintained at all times.

Chatime Philippines opens in Davao City at SM Lanang Premier Pearl Milk Tea bestseller

“Drink within 2 hours for best taste.” I noticed these words printed on the cup.

Chatime Philippines opens in Davao City at SM Lanang Premier

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I have yet to see what I read before about their  ‘Chatime Bites’ where they will be serving fresh baked items, sandwiches and pastries in their Chatime stores since they also have the support of French Baker.

More info from the Chatime FB page:

CHATIME uses freshly brewed tea infused with different natural flavors to make the best bubble tea drink in town!
Mission: Our goal is to create an eastern version of the coffee shop to attract the fast-paced and health-conscious youth. With the support of our partners and consultants in Taiwan, we will keep inventing local flavored drinks that go well with the aroma of tea, in order to establish a tea drinking culture worldwide.
Company Overview: Since its founding in 2005, ChaTime has become one of the biggest international bubble tea brands today, as well as being the only publicly listed beverage provider in the Taiwan stock exchange. As of March 2011, we have over 600 stores worldwide in Taiwan, Malaysia, China, USA, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, Canada, Bangladesh, Dubai, England, and the Philippines!

Official Chatime Philippines Twitter account – @ChatimePH

Current Affiliated Chatime Stores:

Chatime Pioneer Center, Pasig
Chatime Robinson’s Galleria Supermarket
Chatime Landmark Bridgeway, Makati
Chatime One Archers Place, Taft
Chatime SM Mall of Asia, Manila
Chatime SM North Edsa
Chatime Unimart, Greenhills
Chatime Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao
Chatime Commercenter Building, Bonifacio Global City
Chatime Eton Centris Walk, Quezon Ave. cor. Edsa
Chatime Alabang Town Center
Chatime Landmark Makati Foodcourt

Chatime Philippines opens in Davao City at SM Lanang Premier

Chatime Philippines opens in Davao City at SM Lanang Premier

Here is a glimpse of how they prepare your Chatime drinks. I have observed them preparing drinks while we wait for our ordered drinks to be ready at the pick up counter.

Photo credits to DAVAOFOODTRIPS.com

While working the front-liners would greet you “Welcome to Chatime!” Then these baristas (yes they are called barista as seen on their name plate) would echo back “Welcome to Chatime.” But in a somehow low monotonous tone of voice that often give me goose bumps. Not kidding. *wink*

Photo credits to DAVAOFOODTRIPS.com

So what’s your favorite Chatime drink? Share and comment below if you like and we may get to try them on our next visit at Chatime SM Lanang branch.

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