Even before Gong Cha, there was KOI at Iluma. It is yet another bubble tea franchise hailing from Taiwan and it is interesting how the word KOI turned anti-clockwise is 豆 in Chinese, which means bean, which likely refers to their famous coffee beans.
Anyway, the queue at the Iluma outlet is always very long and I never got the chance to try out its drinks. There is also an Ang Mo Kio central outlet but that too was full of people when I was there some time back.
Finally today, by chance I saw an outlet near the Bishan bus interchange and managed to buy the Koi Cafe drink for a trial. This was my 4th or 5th coffee of the year but sadly, I have to say I wasn't thrilled by the taste at 50% sugar content. I also wanted a plum black tea but was told that the typhoon in Taiwan affected the shipment of plums here, so I was left disappointed.
However, two things are for sure. The large cup from KOI is slightly bigger than that of Gong Cha and it is definitely much more pricey too.