Guiltless Gastos: Should You Get Extra Pearls In Your Milk Tea?

We ordered Pearl Milk Tea drinks from five different brands and counted for you.
PHOTO: Mark Jesalva

Picture this: It's 3:00 p.m., hindi ka pa tapos sa trabaho mo, hindi mo rin alam kung kailan ka makakauwi, and you try to think of something to make the day less stressful. For many of us (yung mga gustong umamin), the solution is usually milk tea, lol. 

If you're lucky, there's one near your office, so you take a much needed stroll to the closest branch. But if you're too busy to leave, you look for someone na willing din magpa-deliver, even if it means paying a fee to get it. It's just one of those guiltless gastos that you *never* regret. 

We decided to find out how many pearls are in a regular pearl milk tea and how many there are when you ask for *~extra*~. Yes, we COUNTED pearls.

Here at Cosmo, we also love milk tea, and when we're having an *extra* shitty day, we also need *extra* pearls to deal with it. But how sulit is it? We decided to find out how many pearls are in a regular pearl milk tea and how many there are when you ask for ~*extra*~. Yes, we COUNTED pearls. 

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Disclaimer: We know there's no exact math involved when it comes to tapioca pearls in milk tea drinks. We really just wanted to satisfy our curiosity (and spend an afternoon with a lot of milk tea, lol)!

Gong Cha

Milk Tea with Pearl Jelly (P85)

Milk Tea with Pearl Jelly + extra pearls (P85 + P16)

Mark Jesalva
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Pearl count:

  • Milk Tea with Pearl Jelly - 112
  • Milk Tea with Pearl Jelly + extra pearls -191

Chatime (delivered)

Pearl Milk Tea (P95)

Pearl Milk Tea + double pearl (P95 + P20)

Mark Jesalva

Pearl count: 

  • Pearl Milk Tea - 168
  • Pearl Milk Tea + double pearl - 175

Editor's Note: For transparency, we'd like to share that when we checked the receipt, we noticed that the charge for these drinks was the same even though one order indicates that it's supposed to be "double pearl." It might be the reason why the pearl count is so close. 

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Serenitea

Traditional Milk Tea (P95)

Traditional Milk Tea with extra pearls (P95 + P20)

Mark Jesalva

Pearl count:

  • Traditional Milk Tea - 184
  • Traditional Milk Tea with extra pearls - 348

Macao (delivered) 

Original Milk Tea with pearls (P90 + P20)

Original Milk Tea with double the pearls (P90 + P20)

Mark Jesalva
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Pearl count:

  • Original Milk Tea with pearls - 74
  • Original Milk Tea with double the pearls - 143

Coco (delivered)

Pearl Milk Tea (P90)

Pearl Milk Tea + extra pearls (P90 + P20)

Mark Jesalva

Pearl count: 

  • Pearl Milk Tea - 204
  • Pearl Milk Tea + extra pearls - 359

Editor's Note: Upon checking the receipt, we realized that the prices of the drinks were the same even though we indicated that one of the drinks should be "extra pearls." The price we indicated under Coco for a regular Pearl Milk Tea is when you don't get additional toppings. 

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