You can get bubble tea made with oat milk at this new BBT shop in Vancouver

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Brown sugar pearls and oat milk happen to be two of the biggest trends in Vancouver right now when it comes to beverages, and the two worlds collide at a new bubble tea shop in Kitsilano.

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Happy Sunday! I felt pretty good today caz I got to sleep in one extra hour thanks to Daylight savings? Can I say my recent favourite type of bubble tea choices is Baroness’s Oat milk series? This alternative is refreshing yet retained the authenticity of a classic bubble tea! I tried their Brown Sugar Oat Milk with pearls and fresh Taro Oat Milk with pearls and they did not disappoint! I really enjoyed the taste of the oat milk, which tasted similar to dairy milk, but with an “oaty” aftertaste, it was also thicker in texture and tasted sweeter than regular diary milk, imo it really worked out well as a bubble tea drink. The fresh taro was very soft and tasty, it blended pretty well with the sweet brown sugar taste, overall it was a delicious combination ? For the sweetness of brown sugar I would recommend half or 30% sugar if you want your drink not overly sweet. The pearls were very chewy, for myself, I prefer softer pearls because I spent too much time chewing ?.

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Taipei’s Baroness launched earlier this fall at 2790 W Broadway, in the space previously occupied by T Mix (another bubble tea brand). Baroness began in Taiwan and has locations across Asia, however this Vancouver outpost marks the brand’s first foray outside of Asia.

Baroness specializes in brown sugar pearls – this is itself a sub-set of bubble tea that emerged a couple of years ago in Taiwan and is out in full force on this side of the Pacific, with several of the many bubble tea shops operating in Metro Vancouver focusing on this preparation.

Brown sugar pearls are the result of cooking tapioca pearls in brown sugar, resulting in a rich, deep caramelized sugar flavour at the base of the beverage, which is then topped with milk. To go the extra mile, Baroness also puts a shot of brown sugar syrup in the drink with the pearls.

Baroness explains their philosophy on their (translated) website: “In order to present the baroness of the brown sugar, we blend the culture of brown sugar and bartending as our core axis to create vision. A double feast with taste.”

Doubling up, indeed, on what Vancouverites love is the fact that Baroness carries locally-made Earth’s Own brand oat milk for those who prefer to cut the dairy from their BBT experience.

In addition to their signature brown sugar pearls, Baroness offers milk teas, black teas, fruit and herbal teas, winter melon teas, and specialty teas – the latter including things like a Purple Yam drink and a Chestnut Milk drink. They also have seasonal offerings, like their Brown Sugar Ginger Oatmeal drink.

Baroness is located at 2790 W Broadway in Vancouver. They are open Sunday through Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. 

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom