Drink Tea Like a Boss

Digest On the Menu

March 1, 2015

Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo

Those in search of premium beverages crafted with the utmost quality and taste in mind now have the opportunity to “drink tea like a boss” at one of Hawaii’s newest thirst-quenching destinations.

Tea Boss opened its doors four months ago, and offers a host of bubble teas, signature drinks, milk teas, fruit juices and slushes all within a clean, convenient locale on Kapiolani Boulevard. Patrons are presented with a cool, inviting reprieve from the hustle and bustle, and can even charge their mobile devices via wireless stations built into the eatery’s counters.

Owners Charlie Chang and Alex Hu sought out to craft a diverse drink menu with Asian influences and top-quality ingredients, most of which are imported directly from Taiwan. The establishment constantly updates its seasonal menu with input from customers — an emphasis is put on creating beverages and flavor combinations in accord with local tastes.

“So far, customers really enjoy our drinks, and we want to offer the best products possible,” Chang says. “Our boba (tapioca balls) are flavorful and chewy, and we’re constantly introducing items so customers can try new varieties and see what they like.”

Tea Boss’ Signature Tapioca Milk Tea ($3.99) serves as the top-seller thus far, as the sweet, creamy concoction is perfect on a hot, humid Hawaiian day. Customers also rave about Tea Boss’ collection of “stache” drinks, including Strawberry Stache Jasmine Green Tea ($4.50), which features a creamy finish, known for leaving behind a foam mustache.

Honey Melon Milk Tea ($4.25) and Pineapple Mango Green Tea ($3.99) represent just a few of the fruit-infused beverages available on the Tea Boss menu. Chang explains that customers also may custom-order beverages with their favorite tea or juice, along with assorted flavored boba and jellies.

Tea Boss offers daily happy hour specials from 7 to 10 p.m. daily, including select buy-one-get-one-free deals on specialty drinks that rotate daily. Those in a hurry are encouraged to phone-in their order, and delivery service also is available between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for orders of eight drinks or more with a $30 minimum purchase to locations in a three-mile radius of Tea Boss. In addition, the establishment can accommodate catering and party orders, including requests for 30 (or more) drinks, but a minimum of three days’ notice is requested.

Dining Out readers are encouraged to take advantage of a can’t-miss Hot Deal for Tea Boss, available now through Tuesday, March 3 at HotDealsHawaii.com. The special offer is good for two $10 vouchers for just $12, and can be redeemed through Sept.4, 2015. As a reminder: patrons may redeem their vouchers during the daily happy hour period, but the deal applies to regularly-priced items and not the buy-one-get-one-free specials; one voucher per party may be redeemed per daily visit; no cash or credit back for any unused portion of the voucher; and the deal may not be combined with other specials, discounts or coupons.

Chang also invites customers to delve into a variety of sweet treats available at Tea Boss, including delectable macaroons ($2.35 each, $2.50 apiece for limited-edition, heart-shaped creations). Diners may choose from a host of flavors such as green tea, strawberry guava, salted caramel, lychee rose, red velvet and passion fruit. These are just some of the sweet treats served daily at Tea Boss.

Tea Boss

1617 Kapiolani Blvd., Ste. 102 Honolulu
955-BOSS (2677)
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight
Sunday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96814

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