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Bubble Tea Shop, With Focus on Natural Sweeteners, to Open Mid-July


June 28, 2016 By Michael Florio

A new bubble tea shop that will focus on all-natural sweeteners is opening on 30th Avenue next month.

The shop, called The Teapsy, will be located at 33-17 30th Ave. and is expected to open on July 16, according to owner Bryan Huang.

Huang said Teapsy will stand out from its competitors since he will not use sugary creamers but instead natural ingredients, such as coconut or almond milk.

“Bubble tea can be a sugary drink that is not that healthy,” he said. “We are changing that. All our ingredients will be natural.”

The shop will brew fresh tea throughout the day and use real sugar and milk. The teas will be imported from countries such as Thailand, China, England and the Philippines.

“All of our sugar is homemade,” Huang said. “It is a much healthier option.”

The shop will offer “tres leches” tea, which will be made by combining milk of three varieties, Huang said. He will also serve smoothies.

The shop will also offer what’s known as “Shades of Grey,” cocktail-inspired layered teas. One such tea is comprised of lemonade, a mojito-flavored mixture and orange juice.

Huang incorporated this to the menu to add to the bar feel that he hopes to emulate in the shop. The shop will feature stools, with seating for nine people. However, additional customers can stand, similar to at a bar.

The name, The Teapsy, is a play on the word tipsy, Huang said.

“We want to remind you of your favorite bar experiences,” he said.

The shop will not serve any alcohol. Huang also said he will not incorporate outdoor seating.

This is Huang’s first business. While he has lived in Forest Hills and currently lives in Woodside, he is a big fan of Astoria, particularly 30th Avenue.

“I love the diversity of the neighborhood,” he said. “There is a younger generation here and a lot of people are coming from Manhattan.”

“I have always loved the atmosphere of 30th Ave,” he added. “I like the different stores and the foot traffic it offers.”

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