In the mood for edible flowers? Tea shop Sakura Hanami offers petal-infused drinks

<I>Photo: Sakura Hanami</I>
Photo: Sakura Hanami

How do you feel about flowers in your beverage? Not sure? Well, now’s a great time to find out.

Japanese-inspired tea shop Sakura Hanami is selling hot and cold teas infused with the petals of edible flowers in all of its four locations around the metro, including its newest one in Banawe, Quezon City, which opened this month.

Owners and friends Joyce Esteban, Sharmay Cu, and Ella Choi have all previously worked in the food business, and each has a love for tea. Esteban told Coconuts Manila in a phone interview that they fell in love with the cherry blossoms of Japan, a place where they frequently traveled.

“So we thought, why not open a tea shop inspired by cherry blossoms?” she said. “It has to be pink, it has to evoke cherry blossoms.”

The idea was translated not only into their tea-infused drinks, but also into the full-on floral assault of the shop’s decor. The team took their time to develop everything, spending four months on careful research and development.

Floral assault. Photo: Sakura Hanami

The result: blue pea, cherry blossom, and sunflower petals steeped in traditional hot tea beverages ranging from PHP175 (US$3.50) to PHP195 (US$3.80) per teapot, and cold milk tea blends using the same edible flowers for PHP95 (US$1.80) to PHP195 (US$3.80), depending on the flavor and size.

Sakura Hanami also offers tea blends with Yakult (a type of yogurt drink) for up to PHP135 (US$2.60), and a bubble mousse tea variant — a dessert-inspired beverage spiked with black sugar pearls — for up to PHP175 (US$3.50).
Traditional cherry blossom hot tea Photo: Sakura Hanami
Sakura’s first branch opened in hip foodie neighborhood of Maginhawa in Quezon City back in March, and has since served an exclusive tea and beverage menu.

Its new Banawe store will carry a new line of food items including caramel cake and green melon and sugar caramel donuts that will debut on Dec. 23.”These are made from scratch, too. It took us a while to conceptualize our food items because we don’t want to buy them from another shop, we wanted everything to be original,” Esteban said.

Blue pea tea. Photo: Sakura Hanami

Find it:
Sakura Hanami is at 168 Maginhawa St., Diliman, Quezon City, plus three other branches in Manila, see their Facebook below for locations.
Open 10am – 12am daily
Phone: (+632) 7 719 2132
Facebook: @sakurahnamiph | IG: @sakurahanamiph

 

Read more about places to eat and drink in the metro here.

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