Everything you need to know about Bubble Tea

Bubble Tea, Milk Tea, or 'Boba' has been an up-and-coming trend for the past year, spreading across the UK over the past couple of years. The first bubble tea shop in the UK was opened 10 years ago in London but in recent years these quirky bubble tea shops have popped up in many cities across the UK. 

Though its' origin is a little hazy, bubble teas are thought to have first derived from Taiwan and Hong Kong, spreading across Asian countries and big cities throughout over the world and eventually landing right here in the UK.

So what is Bubble Tea? 

Bubble Tea or Boba Tea is a sweet black tea infused with milk and a chosen flavouring with chewy tapioca pearls sprinkled in for good measure. These teas now come in a variety of milky flavours from coconut to caramel. 

What are Boba Pearls? 

Tapioca pearls (boba pearls) are made by using Tapioca starch derived from the Cassava Plant which is a rooted vegetable that is almost all starch. The starch powder from this plant is mixed in with water and boiled to create its chewy consistency and is usually mixed with sugar syrup. Black Tapioca balls don't offer too much in terms of flavour, but more to offer texture to the tea.  

There are alternatives to the traditional boba pearls made with tapioca starch, boba pearls can come in a variety of fruity flavours from strawberry to mango and passionfruit. 

How is Bubble Tea served?

Bubble Tea is served cold, sweet, and usually in a clear smoothie style cup with a large-bore (boba straw) straw big enough to allow the boba pearls to fit. 

If you're looking to sell bubble teas and need advice on catering supplies for this product, feel free to contact our friendly customer services team who will be happy to help and advise. 

You can reach them at 0115 9444434 or