Sweet dreams are made of tea at Gotcha in Northland where Kristen loves serving up bubbly concoctions to friendly shoppers.
Kristen says that everyone at Gotcha shares the same vision and is dedicated to the mission: “I enjoy going to my job every day. I love everything – the planning, communicating with customers, the creative aspects and my co-workers.”
Bubble tea is a drink that is as over-the-top as it is popular. The creamy sweet, flavoured beverage has chewy black tapioca pearls bobbing at the bottom of a tall cup. Customers are given a big straw with which to slurp them up. The idea originated in Taiwan in the mid-80s.
Gotcha is the real bubble tea deal. Their tea flavour is unique and unmistakable. Customers can jazz up just about any of the drinks with extras or go straight for best-selling combinations like the boba-filled black sugar fresh milk tea. The more curious, fancy and intriguing mixtures include toffee milk tea and kumquat plum green tea.
The bubble tea phenomenon has certainly caused a stir. And while Kristen may be the new brew on the block at Gotcha, she loves looking after her customers: “The local community is very friendly and polite. Customers come in and share funny stories that brighten my day and make me happy.”
She says that after the pandemic, it was amazing how people came out and supported local businesses. “The pandemic has brought us much closer. Everyone is sharing good times together.”
Northland is certainly her cup of tea: “You can find almost anything at Northland. It has everything you need. You can eat a hearty breakfast at The Pancake Parlour, catch a movie at the nearby cinema, work your way up the floors for some amazing clothing and gift shopping, and then have a cuppa at the end of the day.”