What is bubble tea and what does it taste like?

What exactly is bubble tea? Find out bubble tea history, how does it taste and how to make to make your own bubble tea at home.

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The Brits are gushing over Bubble tea nowadays, however, this classic beverage has been served cold (or hot) in Asian countries such as Taiwan and China since the 80s. Also known as pearl milk tea or boba tea, or simply boba, bubble tea originated in Taiwan in the 1980s and quickly gained popularity worldwide. Our very beloved bubble tea can be enjoyed in various flavours, combinations, and creative variations.

What are the bubbles in bubble tea

The defining feature of bubble tea is the inclusion of toppings, the most common being tapioca pearls (or boba). These tapioca pearls not only give a unique taste to bubble tea but also make it an extraordinary looking beverage. The bubble tea gets its name from the tapioca pearls and the frothy texture it gets from vigorous blending.

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How is Bubble tea prepared? (step by step process)

Bubble tea is formed by combining a few key components: tea, milk or fruit flavours, sweetener, and tapioca pearls as the main topping. The process involves-

  1. Brewing a strong batch of tea, usually black or green tea, using hot water. The tea is then allowed to cool or chilled.
  1. Adding sweetener, typically in the form of simple syrup or flavoured syrups, which can be adjusted based on personal preference.
  1. Depending on the desired flavour, milk (or vegan milk) or fruit flavours (such as fruit syrups or fresh fruit purees) are added to the tea to provide bubble tea its creamy or fruity base.
  1. The defining feature of bubble tea is the inclusion of toppings, the most common being tapioca pearls (or boba). Other popular toppings include fruit jellies, aloe vera cubes, popping boba (juice-filled spheres that burst in the mouth), or even mini mochi.
  2. Finally, once well mixed, the bubble tea is typically served in a plastic or glass cup, often with an oversized straw to allow the tapioca pearls to be consumed along with the drink.
Video showing how to make bubble tea at home.

What does bubble tea taste like?

While the taste mostly depends on the toppings you choose, bubble tea often tastes refreshingly delicious with a constant chewy consistency of the pearls appearing in every sip you take. These pearls have a neutral taste which allows them to absorb the flavour of the tea or milk they are paired with to give you that amazing taste.

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