Mission's new Brew Cha gives another boost to the bubble tea boom

Photo: Daniel S./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on April 09, 2019.

The latest bubble tea café to land on the crowded San Francisco boba scene has made its debut — just a block from the popular Boba Guys. The new arrival to the Mission, called Brew Cha, is located at 3420 18th St. (between San Carlos and Mission streets).

According to its website, Brew Cha aims to distinguish itself from the competition by brewing each serving of tea to order.

On the menu, boba buffs will find classic milk teas in flavors like jasmine, Earl Grey and genmaicha; fruit teas with no milk and real fruit pieces inside; and specialities such as the purple-swirled taro latte, matcha latte and black sugar latte.

Customers can adjust ice and sweetness level to taste, and there's no extra charge for black or white tapioca pearls, although other toppings cost extra. (See the full menu here.) Those who avoid dairy can also ask for a variety of milk substitutes, including oat milk.

With a five-star rating out of 21 reviews on Yelp so far, Brew Cha is on its way to developing a local fan base.

"Excellent customer service," said Cherylynn N., who also praised the good quality tea. "I loved the white boba! It was warm, soft, and extra squishy! I usually don't order boba, but they suggested the white boba, so I'm glad I tried it."

And Daniel S. wrote of the ube taro latte, "The drink was pretty bomb. I believe their ube is homemade and I loved the bits of taro in my drink. There was a lot of ice left over, so i'll probably adjust my ice to 50 percent next time."

Swing on by to take a peek for yourself: Brew Cha is open from 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday–Thursday and 10 a.m.–10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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