Tea- Our love for this beverage has reasons more than one. Apart from having an amazing flavour, tea has other benefits as well. Tea contains antioxidants that help us to lead a healthy life. It indeed has some amazing health benefits like it controls blood sugar level, helps in reducing weight, prevents hair loss, promotes healthy skin, reduces the chances of heart attacks and so on. However, it all depends upon the level of oxidation, a series of chemical reactions that result in the browning of tea leaves.The less oxidized the teas are, the better impact the tea will have. In other words, you should always pick a higher quality green or white tea to enjoy all the benefits and get faster results.
Tea is probably the most popular drink on the planet after water. “Tea packs more of a punch than water” says Carrie Ruxton, PhD, a dietitian and tea expert in the United Kingdom. “In addition to providing hydration, it’s rich in health-promoting substances.” Scientists are with us, my tea-drinking friends, and have already confirmed: that one cup of tea may contain up to five times more antioxidants than any fruit or vegetable. These disease-fighting compounds may help prevent certain cancers, keep your heart healthy, burn fat and ward off weight gain, sharpen your mind, and help your body beat the effects of aging and stress. Now grab a cuppa and read further!
Tea is delicious and good for your health. “It’s also calorie-free if you don’t add milk or a sweetener like sugar or honey,” says Diane L. McKay, PhD, an assistant professor of nutrition at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston. Today We are presenting the exclusive interview of Adnan Sarkar.
Adnan Sarkar discovered the taste of bubble tea on one of his trips to South East Asia. The slight aberration to the experience of drinking tea got the better of him and he realised that it was a drink Mumbai would love to experiment with.
But then, bubble tea had already made its debut in India by the time Adnan thought of bringing it to the city in 2015. The chains that served it till then hadn’t received a very upbeat response from Indians who had typical taste buds when it came to tea.
Nevertheless, the young entrepreneur knew the exact pulse of the tea drinking habits of Indians. He realised that the beverage could find takers in India only if it was tailor made to suit Indian palates. If the tea stuck only to providing tapioca boba – which is the chief ingredient of the original bubble tea – it could not garner much fan following because tapioca boba is slightly bland for the Indian taste. Adnan ensured that the first outlet of Dr Bubbles Chai Specialist opened its doors to the public only after a lot of meticulous research and he himself assumed multiple roles during the process. From designing the Dr. Bubbles logo to custom building the machinery to get the drinks just right, Adnan was a part of everything. To cater to Indian taste buds, Adnan gave a makeover of sorts to the original bubble tea by adding fruit jelly and fruit-flavoured poppers to the milk and fruit teas.
Lets See what Adnan Sarkar has to speak about his venture and he is revolutionising our most favourite drink TEA in a unique manner.
1. What is the Name of Your Venture? Any specific reason for this name?
Dr.Bubbles-Chai Specialist. Initially when we were doing our trial most of the people said that this do it yourself style of making feels like a doctor is doing experiments so we named accordingly…and also all our product lines have some kind or other health benefits to them.
2. Who is your target Audience/Clients?
Our Target audiences are people from age 15-35 people to tend to chill outdoors go for shopping etc and want light and healthy refreshment along the way
3. Where is your venture based (city, state, country) & what are your geographical target areas?
We have started this concept in Mumbai. So far we have 2 located at Bandra Hill Road and Carter Road and 1 at Phoenix Market City, Kurla. Now, to cater to the market demand, we have launched 7 additional stores in Mumbai (Vile Parle, Kemps Corner, Ghatkopar, Seawoods, Vashi, and 2 outlets at Thane). Apart from Mumbai we have 3 stores located in Surat (Vesu, Varacha and Katargram) and 1 each in Amravati, Nasik and Indore through franchisee route.
Geographically we don’t have any limitations and are expanding pan India and soon globally.
4. What problems does your venture resolve? What are your products or services?
Our product line solve or fills the gap of healthy refreshments only things available in the market are very rich in calories or caffeine or sugar…..we provide options like dairy free milkshakes, probiotic yogurt shakes, iced green teas but all super tasty and funky with surprises for popping bubbles or jellies
5. Share the idea or story behind the venture. How did it come to an existence? What motivated you to start your own venture?
I have been 15yrs in the hospitality industry. As I travel a lot and seen bubble tea booming all across the world. But when I did my research I saw that many brand have failed big time in doing it here, so we studies the market and changed it according to Indian tastes then when we started getting positive feedback we launched our stores.
6. Who are your biggest competitors and how do you differentiate yourself from them?
All beverage and desert brands are; we stand out as we give various product lines and are not just limited to one product.so customers get lot of options. Another USP we have are, our toppings, so we top all our drinks with popping bubbles, jellies or choc chips which gives a surprise in every sip.
7. How did you hire your first team members? What skills do you want in your employees/team?
As I was from the hospitality line I used a lot of my bar staff as they were well versed with making cocktails
8. What are your goals over the next 1, 3, 6 and 12 months?
We have many stores coming up in Mumbai and other parts of India.
9. What expansion plans are you looking for the next 2 years, next 5 years?
We have right now about 30 signed up franchises in the next year we plan to touch 100 and soon global
10. Where do you want to see yourself in next 10 years?
To have a very strong Pan India and Global presence
11. Have you risen any funding? Or have any plans for the funding?
Yes to raise money we have gone to the franchising route
12. What were the problems you faced during the starting days and how did you resolve them?
There’s always the problem of getting people to accept a new product. So there was a lot of communication involved directly over the counter and push a lot on social Medias.
13. What was the most challenging part of your journey till now? How did you overcome those challenges?
Every day is a new challenge, I never quantify.
14. Are you married, single or in a relationship?
Married and blessed with two kids.
15. What are your hobbies? What do you do in your non-work time?
I’m a family person and love to spend time with them
16. What’s your favorite food & holiday destination?
I’m a total foodie, nowadays holidays are all based on kids
17. Whom do you consider your idol or biggest motivator?
My dad emotionally wise, and Mr Raza Bieg, Solash CEO
18. What do you feel is the major difference between entrepreneurs and those who work for someone else?
Entrepreneur’s work is never done…there is the drive to go higher and higher
19.If you had the chance to start your career over again, what would you do differently?
Again grass is always greener on the other side.
20. How has being an entrepreneur affected your family & Social life?
You have to have a plan for everything and nothing gets affected
21. Anything, you would like to say to our readers or upcoming entrepreneurs?
Survivability should be the most important criteria….as all ideas are good some get accepted fast some take time…so prepare for it
22. Tell us something about your education & family background.
BMS (Bachelor in Management Studies)
And I land up as a chaiwala 😉
23. What is your USP which makes it unique & different from other start-ups in similar domains?
I did not go all in, did not take high risk locations and gave the concept enough attention and time to get accepted
24. Do you consider yourself successful and by what means do you measure success?
No there’s a lot more to do…
Getting respect in people’s eyes quantifies success
25.Please share complete name, address, phone number, email id & website of Your Business & Contact Person
Founder Name: Mr. Adnan Sarkar, Founder, Dr. Bubbles – Chai Specialist
Address: Opp. Globus Cinema, Hill Road, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050
Tel.: 022 2643 1234
Email: [email protected]