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What are the Bubbles in Bubble Tea?

Explore the fascinating world of boba in bubble tea with Tea & Tea. Delve into the origins, varieties, and art of crafting this beloved beverage in Portland and Beaverton.

Ah, bubble tea! This delightful beverage has become a global phenomenon, capturing hearts with its unique blend of flavors and textures. Here at Tea & Tea, nestled in the charming neighborhoods of Portland and Beaverton, we’ve crafted our own little world of bubble tea. We’re not just about serving drinks; we’re about sharing stories and creating memories. And one story we love to share is about the star of the show – the boba in bubble tea!

The Origin of the Boba

Bubble tea, affectionately known as boba, has its roots in Taiwan in the early 1980s. It’s a fascinating tale of culinary innovation, where a simple addition transformed a regular tea into an international sensation. The original bubble tea consisted of Taiwanese black tea, tapioca pearls, condensed milk, and syrup or honey.

tapioca pearls and bubble milk tea

Tapioca Pearls: The Classic Boba

The “Bubbles” in bubble tea are most commonly tapioca pearls. These pearls are made from the starch of the cassava root, a tropical shrub known for its starchy roots. The starch is rolled into little balls, which are then boiled to achieve that signature chewy texture. The pearls are typically sweetened with syrup or caramel, giving them that alluring, glossy look and a delightful sweetness that complements the tea.

tapioca pearls being cooked

The Variety of Bobas

While tapioca pearls are the classic choice, the world of bubble tea boba doesn’t end there. There are numerous other options for those looking to explore:

  • Popping Boba: These are fruit juice-filled spheres that burst in your mouth, offering a fun and fruity twist to your drink.
  • Jelly Toppings: From coconut jelly to aloe vera and grass jelly, these add a different texture and flavor profile to the tea.
  • Fruit Pieces: Some bubble teas include chunks of fruit, making the beverage even more refreshing.

The Tea Base

At Tea & Tea, we believe that great bubble tea starts with high-quality tea. Our menu features a variety of bases, including black, green, oolong, and even chai tea. Each type of tea offers a unique flavor profile that can be paired with different toppings and sweeteners to create a drink that’s uniquely yours.

The Art of Bubble Tea

Creating the perfect bubble tea is an art. It starts with brewing the tea, adding the right amount of milk and sweeteners, and then the bubbles. The key is to achieve a balance of flavors and textures that delight the senses. Our Tiger Boba and TNT are testaments to this delicate balance, offering a symphony of flavors that dance on your palate.

bob tea varieties

Community and Culture

At Tea & Tea, bubble tea is more than just a drink; it’s a catalyst for community and conversation. It’s a drink that brings people together, fostering a sense of togetherness. We’ve seen friendships formed and stories shared over cups of bubble tea in our cozy shops.

Health and Enjoyment

While bubble tea is a treat, it’s also important to enjoy it mindfully. Traditional bubble tea can be high in sugar and calories, primarily due to the sweetened pearls and milk. At Tea & Tea, we offer the option to customize the sweetness and milk options, including using plant-based kinds of milk or reducing the sugar level, allowing you to enjoy your bubble tea just the way you like it.

The Future of Bubble Tea

The world of bubble tea is ever-evolving, with new flavors and innovations appearing regularly. At Tea & Tea, we’re always exploring new recipes and ideas, staying at the forefront of the bubble tea scene. We’re excited to see where this delicious journey will take us and our beloved community.

Final Sips

So, there you have it – the world of boba in bubble tea is diverse, delicious, and full of surprises. Whether you’re a bubble tea aficionado or new to this delightful drink, we invite you to Tea & Tea to explore our range of bubble teas. Come for the bobas, stay for the warmth and community. We can’t wait to share our love for bubble tea with you!