Yes, you heard that right – It’s cheese tea, and it’s about to be your favorite new drink. And don’t let the name scare you off. Cheese tea (or “fluffy” tea) is basically your favorite sweet tea, topped with a frothy layer of whipped cream cheese, whipping cream, and sea salt. The final effect, is as one of our kids put it, “like a just slightly salty milkshake.”
We had a chance to try our first cheese tea at Little Fluffy Head, a small tea shop in downtown Los Angeles founded by Jenny Zheng, a young and enthusiastic entrepreneur. “Cheese tea has been pretty popular for the last few years in Asia,” said Zheng. “After I tried it, I fell in love.”
Zheng said that the main challenge since opening six months ago is explaining to people what cheese tea really is – and overcoming people’s preconceptions. “People think there’s going to be something like a giant ball of cheese sitting on top of your drink – but there’s really a lot more going on than that.”
The Little Fluffy Head menu features specialty teas topped with a variety of creams, ranging from creme brûlée cream to a cheddar-based cream, and you can adjust the level of sweetness to your preference. All of the teas and toppings are carefully hand-crafted in small batches, and each tea is made to order.
Our choices? We went with the “Dirty Mess Milk Tea” (black milk tea with creme brûlée cream and crushed Oreo topping); the Camouflage Matcha (an iced matcha latte with creme brûlée cream swirled around the inside and mixed inside the latte); and finally, the seasonal Strawberry Cheese Tea (fresh strawberries blended with jasmine green tea and topped with cheese cream).
The Strawberry Cheese Tea will most likely be a universal favorite – it tastes like a sweet strawberry cheesecake. But don’t count out the Dirty Mess Milk Tea and its incredible creme brûlée cream, which was so delicious we kept working on it with a spoon even after all of the tea was gone so we wouldn’t miss a single lick of the delicious cream. Also, the Camouflage Matcha was fascinating – a sweet/not sweet drink that stays beautiful even as you sip your way down to the bottom of the drink.
So basically, there’s a little something for everyone in the world of cheese tea. If you’ve tried it, let us know how you like it… or if you’ve tried to make your own, let us know how it turned out!
Blogger disclosure: I was treated to a sampling of cheese tea at Little Fluffy Head. I did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.