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Liu Han Chieh

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Without Liu Han-Chieh, we would not have Bubble Tea as we know it. Liu Han-Chieh is responsible for the founding of the Taiwanese Teahouse responsible for the proliferation of Bubble Tea. The Taiwanese Teahouse was launched in the early 1980’s after Liu Han-Chieh visited Japan. While in Japan, Han-Chieh saw coffee served cold. With the idea of coffee served cold, Liu thought cold tea could also be a popular business venture.

Returning to Taiwan, Chun Shui Tang was launch in the city Taichung. Traditional tea was served cold, and the business expanded into a chain. It was in 1988 that Chun Shui Tang became a huge success. This success can be attributed to the discovery of Bubble Tea. Liu Han-Chieh’s Product Development Manager discovered bubble Tea. Lin Hsiu Hui was enjoying a traditional Taiwanese dessert, Fen Yuan, when she decided to mix some of the tapioca balls of the dessert into her Assam Ice Tea. Since this happy accident, Bubble Tea has become rampantly popular in Taiwan and globally.

Shop owner, Liu Han-Chieh, has been approached many times about expanding majorly and internationally, but he has decided on a different path. Chun Shui Tang’s vision is to promote Taiwanese culture—the teashop is cultural destination. There are over thirty teahouses in Taiwain, and it takes about six months to be fully trained as teahouse worker. The difference between the bubble tea we know, and the bubble tea of Liu Han-Chieh’s tea houses is high quality ingredients. Only the best Taiwanese milk, tea, and tapioca balls are used in production. These items must be used when fresh, too—otherwise they will be discarded. The teahouse releases at least five new tea varieties annually.

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Chun Shui Tang (Founder)

Lessons Learned

Without exploration true innovation can be difficult. I have found in my career that travel can produce the best kinds of entrepreneurial innovations. For example, traveling to Japan in the 1980’s, I discovered the concept of iced coffee. This idea of iced coffee motivated me to introduce iced Taiwanese tea. This was something new to Taiwan, and without travel, who knows when this innovation would have been brought to Taiwan. Additionally, these kinds of discoveries can open new doors. In my case, the introduction of iced Taiwanese tea paved the way for even more unique creations—like Bubble Tea. Explore the world and see what kind of interesting ideas and technology are out there. The ideas of the world can inspire the best entrepreneurial ideas from within.

Inspiring Quotes

Our main goals at Chun Shui Tang are to promote Taiwanese tea and tea culture and to develop innovative products.

Lin Hsiu Hui

Everyone at the meeting loved the drink and it quickly outsold all of our other iced teas within a couple of months -- even after 20 years on the menu, bubble tea makes up 80-90 percent of our sales and Taiwanese are proud of this home-grown drink.

Lin Hsiu Hui

Liu Han Chieh's Quotes

We approach our teas like wine experts; all of our drinks can be paired with snacks and meals we serve. Even babies like our milk teas.

Liu Han Chieh

Influential Books

Confucius - The Analects of Confucius

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Lin Hsiu Hui

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