About our founder
Chris is a Colorado native, but ethnically, she is Cantonese with significant Vietnamese cultural influence. As a child, Chris and her family frequently visited Hong Kong. Her Vietnamese born parents deeply valued their Chinese heritage and wanted to impart upon Chris the significance of retaining their culture. It was during these trips that Chris was introduced to Hong Kong-style Milk Teas. At a young age, she developed a love for this sweet, creamy delight. With each visit, her appreciation for the rich and bold brews of tea grew. Her adoration for milk teas eventually drew Chris to study abroad in Hong Kong. While abroad, Chris frequently visited Taiwan, where she was exposed to a different style of milk tea, the Taiwanese Bubble Tea.
Hong Kong Milk Teas are typically served hot while Taiwanese Bubble Teas are served cold. Premium tea is the core concept of bubble tea. Toppings, such as boba are added to create an additional dimension of flavor and texture. The mixed tea is shaken and poured over boba or any other topping of your choice.
After drinking milk teas almost daily for a year, Chris felt a sense of detachment upon returning home to the US. Chris began brewing tea at home and mixing various fruits, milks, and toppings together. This self-experimentation eventually led to the beginning of Tea Street.