Gallontea sets up shop in Makati despite the pandemic


With food joints closing left and right amid the pandemic, one milk tea company dared to set up shop.

It’s called Gallontea and they’ve been online since 2019, selling milk tea by the gallon—a cost-effective crowd pleaser. A one-gallon container can serve up to 10. Flavors include Classic Milk Tea (P550), Chocolate Milk Tea (P700), Okinawa Milk Tea (P750) and the bestseller Wintermelon Milk Tea (P750). If you are not particular about sweetness, since sugar level can be adjusted (only for the Classic Milk Tea variant), their product is worth a try. Sulit!

Add sinkers (P120 per tub): tapioca pearls, nata crystals and very good egg pudding (get two of this). Each gallon comes with free cups and straws. Ice is not included in the order.

Gallontea founder Chase Chianpian said that they were supposed to open last summer, but the pandemic was declared. Eventually, the Gallontea brick-and-mortar store was opened in Makati on July. 

“We have a small space designed for take out and deliveries, and we felt that we would still have a good shot of surviving since delivery has become more popular,” Chianpian said. 

Their biggest single order was eight gallons of milk tea for a Makati establishment. “Most of our orders are from offices in Makati and Taguig, that’s also why we put the branch in Poblacion.”

Gallontea delivers in select areas via Foodpanda and LalaFood (prices may vary). Stock up on supplies as Metro Manila is still under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

New menu items include seven Fruit Gallontea flavors (P400 each): Strawberry, Lychee, Blueberry, Grape, Green Apple, Lychee Apple and 3 Berries. 

The drinks are best paired with the Dimsum Platters, with choice of 20-piece steamed Pork Siomai (P250), 20-piece Japanese Siomai (P300), 20-piece Pork & Japanese Siomai (P280), 32-piece Pork Siomai (P380), 32-piece Japanese Siomai (P445) and 32-piece Pork & Japanese Siomai (P415).

Save more by ordering the Gallonteam Bundles, great for potlucks or family weekend. The Milk Tea Bundle (P1,250) includes your choice of milk tea, while the Fruit Tea Bundle (P950) includes any fruit tea; both come with two sinkers, 16-piece pork siomai and 16-piece Japanese siomai. 

Chianpian assures that Gallontea handles orders with precaution: “We always check our staff’s temperature. Wearing masks is a must and regular sanitation is practiced. No dine in. We service customers and riders from a small window at the door.”

Get a free three-ply Gallontea Sippy Face Mask until Aug. 18, with a purchase worth P1,000.

Gallontea is at GLI Bldg., Gabadlon cor J. Villena Streets, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City, open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Order through Foodpanda, LalaFood or Gallontea on Facebook and Instagram.