Boba Bubble Tea
You’re craving for something sweet. You enjoy experimenting with different textures and flavors. You drank soda your whole life, but you are ready to try something new. For those who have already tried bubble tea, they know what wonders it can do from the moment you first drink it to the very last sip. With over 250 flavors and dozens of fruits and tapioca, finding the best combination will be tough. Let us be your one-stop-guide to help you find what type of bubble tea you enjoy.
What Is Bubble Tea?
Bubble tea is a tea-based drink invented in Taiwan during the 1980s. The term “bubble” is a word derived from the Mandarin Chinese word bōbà (波霸). This is slang for the large, chewy tapioca balls commonly added to a bubble tea drink. This creates the fun of bubble tea; chewing and swallowing the small tapioca balls, also known as pearls or boba.
Most, if not all, bubble milk tea drinks contain a tea base mixed with fruit or some type of milk. Ice-blended versions are usually mixed with fruit or syrup, resulting in a slushy consistency; this is known as a bubble tea slush. There are over 250 flavors, and this amounts to countless combinations when mixed with contents such as fruit slices, tapioca, and jelly. Other varieties are 100% crushed-fruit juice or smoothies with tapioca pearls. Many American bubble tea shop also sell “milk smoothies”, which are very similar to bubble tea, but do not contain tea. Some other cafés offer sweetener substitutes such as sugar syrup, honey, condensed milk, agave, and stevia. The ability to alternate the contents of the boba tea opens up the market to many people who have allergies related to dairy products.
Business owners see the growing trend of bubble tea and are using it as an add-on to increase revenue. It is suggested that there is over 125% increase in revenue on beverages and desserts because of people constantly craving for bubble milk tea.