Tea lounge of the week: Latea

Photo Credit: Latealounge.com/home

PSA about the blog: First things first I want to apologize for not getting this out yesterday. I have come down with a stomach bug and have been on the soup and gatorade diet and haven’t been able to try the delicious bubble tea and seasoned fries that I describe below. I will hopefully make it there tomorrow to try these items, give some recommendations, and interview some bubble tea specialists.

So be on the look out for a better, updated version of this post. Now let’s get to it!

This week were going to stray from our exploration of coffee shops and check out a tea lounge in Greater Lafayette.  I have to admit that I didn’t know anything about bubble tea before I went to Latea. The most important thing I learned was that I have been missing out.

Latea is located at 358 East State Street in West Lafayette

Latea was started here at Purdue in 2014. The Lafayette Journal & Courier interviewed the owner of La Tea when it first opened and discovered, “Owner Jack Hsiao knows his bubble tea. His grandmother sold boba in carts in his hometown of Taichung.”

Jack Hsiao also told the Lafayette Journal & Courier, “Every flavor was created by me. Nothing is premade — because that’s something I’m very opposed to.”

The menu consists of cold milk teas and iced tea. They have a large variety of flavors to choose from, such as salted caramel, lavender, rose  They also have smoothies, desserts, and fries.

Another one of their specialties is their seasoned fries. You can choose between regular fries or sweet potato fries and season them with plum,parmesian basil, curry, dry ketchup, honey mustard, wasabi, peanut, lemon pepper, or salt and pepper.

Check back tomorrow for my recommendations, a bubble tea specialist’s recommendations, and what customers are saying about bubble tea.


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