I’ve been working hard overseas to make money and build enough capital so I can invest in businesses back home.
One of the businesses I started on recently was about milk tea (bubble tea) since it’s one of the more popular leisure drinks around in the country. In my place, it’s just booming while it’s been in Manila for a while and the craze has lowered a bit.
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Anyway, are you an entrepreneur trying to open a new milk tea or bubble tea business in the Philippines? Chances are, you have already laid out plans for where to operate your business and what to serve. If so, the next order of the day is to find the milk tea equipments supplier in the Philippines that you need for your new venture.
These can typically be found from suppliers that specialize in providing the full suite of products necessary for milk tea shops, but you may also choose to find each item separately and from different suppliers if you think that would be better for you.
In general, however, it would be far more efficient to get the following from just one milk tea supplier (in the Philippines, as getting it locally is important) – especially as that means you can more or less rest assured that the quality of the products stays the same across items you are purchasing.
The first things you shall need in terms of milk tea equipments would be the actual gear necessary for making the drinks. That means starting from your basic measuring cup, of course. Every milk tea business should have several measuring cups of different sizes, to make mixing beverages more convenient when several orders for the same drink come in (in which case the staff can simply use a bigger measuring cup, scaling up portions in keeping with the basic recipe). The same applies to shakers: there should be more than one size of plastic shaker available in the kitchen, to make production of beverages more efficient.
Plastic containers with airtight lids and clear sides should be used for toppings and shakers: the clear sides are intended to make it easier for staff to find ingredients they need without having to open every container nearby. There are the scoops for the ingredients too, of course: ice scoops, tapioca and jelly scoops, special rubber spoons for the coffee, and strainers for the actual tea brewing.
The tea shall actually require separate containers too once it has been brewed, since it is generally more efficient for the staff of a milk tea bar to brew large amounts of it from the start, then just get portions from that throughout the day. The tea, however, has to be kept safe and at a stable temperature, which is where the commercial equivalents of thermoses, the industrial size insulated containers with faucets, come in. These are used to store tea for later use in milk tea bars, and they are often sold in 10 liter sizes.
There are other minutiae to cover here, of course. For instance, there should be metal stirrers for mixing the drinks that are not shaken. Thermometers as well as timers are expected to be present in any kitchen. But aside from these other small instruments that are more or less par for the course in any food establishment, there are also the big machines.
Aside from a fridge for keeping cool ice and other supplies, a milk tea shop needs a sealing machine for quick sealing of plastic cups, bags, and other containers, as well as a fructose dispenser that can drastically shorten the time needed for portioning out precise amounts of fructose into drinks.
That’s pretty much it. The rest of the equipment are optional but are used for improving efficiency and serving time. Some are for better “showmanship” which appeals to a lot of people when they see their drinks being given so much love while being made. Now it’s time for you to find the ingredients.
I hope that helps a bit. It’s a pretty easy business to get into, and with enough passion, you can make it succeed.