Where to get your first taste of butter tea in Austin

I’ve been trying to hit my neighborhood farmers market more regularly, and in the past few weeks, I’ve found a handful of new companies that I wanted to make sure you knew about.

First, Austin’s first butter tea company.

Butter coffee has been a big food trend in the past year or two, but butter tea is its predecessor. A local entrepreneur is now selling butter tea at the SFC Farmers’ Market Sunset Valley. Contributed by Sip Tea House

Raechel Kelley started the butter tea business as Sip Tea House a few months ago, but she’s rebranding this month as Siply. The new website with an online store isn’t finished yet, but she’s still selling several different kinds of butter tea from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley market.

What is butter tea? According to Kelley, it’s the predecessor to butter coffee, the mega-hit drink in the paleo (and other) communities that you can find locally at places like Cuppa Austin or Picnik, which is now selling bottled butter coffee.

Like butter coffee, butter tea is made with grass-fed ghee that is packed with omega-3 fatty acids but without the lactose and casein, and as Kelley’s business has grown, she’s started making the drink with lots of different kinds of teas. I tried one made with black tea a few weeks ago, and it was even more zen-inducing than the butter coffees I’ve tasted, with that same lovely satisfaction in the belly. (Ghee will do that to an empty stomach.)

Some of the teas that are available through Siply. Contributed by Siply.

This month, Kelley is releasing her first packaged product so that you can make the butter tea at home any time you want.

The DIY butter tea kit contains organic, fair trade loose leaf teas and a jar of tea butter, made with local grass-fed ghee, cold-pressed organic coconut oil, local honey and a dash of pink salt. You can choose from teas such as assam, ceylon, rooibos, Scottish caramel pu’er, red matcha and jasmine matcha.

Once Kelley’s DIY tea/tea butter setup is ready, she’ll phase out the ready-made drinks and offer samples so you can try it.

Kelley uses grass-fed butter to make ghee, and then she adds several other ingredients to amp up the tea’s nutritional value. Contributed by Siply.

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