Thanks to Patrick of @feedmyphone for organizing an #FeedMyPhoneInstameet, many food bloggers and instagramers were able to try out the brand new line of teas from Chatime! Chatime turns 5 years old this coming September 8, 2016 and with that, their new line of all-natural teas are made with Butterfly Pea Flower and Hibiscus Flower.
There are 16 locations of this popular tea franchise in the Greater Toronto Area and this InstaMeet was held at the Downtown Markham location at 169 Enterprise Boulevard (where there are many other eateries like Me Va Me, Kiu Japanese Restaurant, and Lucullus Bakery, among others).
There were three time slots where foodies were invited to participate in this InstaMeet. I was part of the 9 p.m. group. It was really nice to see familiar foodies again as well as meet some new ones! The foodie community is really growing by leaps and bounds.
Patrick handed us each an information flyer about Chatime’s new line of all-natural teas and the staff gave some background information to us about Chatime’s fifth anniversary.
We also received really cute, custom-made name tags (that looked like a mini bubble tea) to wear. Thanks, Jenny from Cards by JD!
We got a chance to photograph the ChatimeBites that would be available. There were some baked goods from Daan Go (Baker Siu), Bake Code, Menu Food Truck, and Roselle Desserts.
Then, half of the group went out into the tent area where there would be a live demonstration of the new teas made from Butterfly Pea Flower and Hibiscus Flower. We learned about how these teas are “full of antioxidants with health benefits to memory, circulation, and eyesight. The natural properties of the Butterfly Pea tea, when combined with the unique flavours give way to its enchanting colours and there is a magical transformation when mixed together”. It was definitely very unique and photo-worthy!
It also gave a story-like quality because each tea represented the different colours of each part of the day: sunrise, afternoon, sunset, and night.
I liked how you didn’t have to put additional sugar into the teas as they were actually naturally sweetened. It was best served with some ice (chilled). I also found it fascinating that there were actually no artificial colours added into the teas to provide their bright and unique colours. It was definitely all natural!
We got a chance to try each of the four teas from the Twilight by Chatime line. There was a Grapefruit Blush, Coconut Daydream, Hibiscus Sunset, and Starry Lemon. There were some really nice designed lights surrounding each flavour too for some nice photographs.
“Featuring aromatic coconut flavour infused with the Butterfly tea and made into a tea latte with fresh milk, this drink transforms before your eyes from blue and white into the light blue of a bright sunshine afternoon.”
“The Hibiscus Sunset features refreshing passion fruit and lychee flavours infused with the Hibiscus Flower Tea. The invigorating and complex flavours are visually reflected in the red and orange hues combining into an orange glow of sunset.”
“The grapefruit blush, full of blue and red hues, is reminiscent of the first break of dawn. The combination of tangy grapefruit with the Butterfly Pea Flower Tea transforms this drink into a beautiful pink sunrise.”
“This enchanting array of blue and purple is visually evocative of the starry night sky. The lemon flavour combines with the Butterfly Pea Tea’s antioxidants to create an enchanting display of beautiful changing colours.”
I really enjoyed the Coconut Daydream the most! It featured aromatic coconut flavours infused with the Butterfly tea and made into a tea latte with fresh milk. It transformed from blue to white which was based on the light blue of a bright sunny day in the afternoon.
I loved it because it was so milky and creamy. It definitely didn’t taste like tea at all and it was something unique that I hadn’t tried from Chatime before.
Once we were done our photoshoots with the new teas, we returned back to the main area and treated ourselves to some of the ChatimeBites.
I absolutely loved the Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken from Menu Food Truck as well as the Lap Cheung (Chinese sausage) flavoured macarons from Daan Go. The macaron really didn’t taste like lap cheung but was still sweet and dense like typical macarons are.
I enjoyed the Twice-Baked Rare Cheesetart from Bake Code again (previously blogged here) as well as some of the other biscuits from Roselle Desserts.
It was a great evening, short yet to the point. I got to reconnect with the foodie community again and try out the new teas from Chatime as well as try their ChatimeBites. Thanks again Patrick for inviting me!
The new line of teas will be available at all Chatimes starting September 8, 2016 — which is their actual birth date.
FTC Disclaimer: Although @feedmyphone invited me to a complimentary tasting to showcase Chatime, the opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of the companies.