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What is Bubble Tea? A Journey from Taiwan to Portland

The Origins of Bubble Tea

Bubble tea, a unique and delightful beverage, has made its way into the hearts of people worldwide. Originally known as pearl milk tea, boba milk tea, or simply boba, this tea-based drink first emerged in Taiwan in the early 1980s. Its invention marked a new chapter in tea consumption, transforming the traditional tea experience with an innovative twist.

A Delightful Composition

At its core, bubble tea combines the robust flavors of tea with the playful texture of tapioca pearls, also known as boba. The pearls, made from the starch of the cassava plant, offer a chewy contrast to the liquid they’re submerged in. Bubble tea can come in many forms, from milk teas with various flavorings like taro, mango, or honeydew, to fruit teas bursting with the freshness of mango, lychee, or strawberry.

A Global Sensation

Since its inception in Taiwan, bubble tea has traveled across oceans, captivating taste buds in the United States, particularly in California, where it first gained popularity among Asian immigrants in the 1990s. Its appeal soon spread, evolving into a global phenomenon.

The Modern Day Bubble Tea

Today, the world of bubble tea is incredibly diverse. Innovations have introduced a variety of toppings beyond the classic tapioca pearls, such as grass jelly, popping boba, and aloe vera. Bubble tea shops often allow customization in terms of sugar and ice levels, tailoring each drink to personal preferences.

Tea & Tea: A Local Haven for Bubble Tea Enthusiasts

In the charming cities of Portland and Beaverton, Tea & Tea stands out as a beacon for bubble tea lovers. A family-owned establishment deeply rooted in the community, Tea & Tea offers a hospitable environment where guests can savor an array of bubble tea delights.

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Signature Specialties at Tea & Tea

Among its extensive range of drinks, Tea & Tea’s specialties like the Tiger Boba and TNT have garnered significant acclaim. The Tiger Boba features intricate layers of flavor, while the TNT offers a tropical blend of mango, strawberry, and peach.

Invitation to Indulge

We extend a warm invitation to all bubble tea aficionados and newcomers alike to visit Tea & Tea in Portland and Beaverton. Whether you’re a seasoned bubble tea enthusiast or curious to try this unique beverage for the first time, there’s something for everyone at Tea & Tea. 

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Come and experience the delightful combination of tradition and innovation in every sip. Join us at Tea & Tea, and let us add a flavorful touch to your day with our exceptional bubble tea! 🧋🎉