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Bubble Tea – A Springtime Treat

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May 21, 2014

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Spring weather is upon us, and so we find ourselves whistling and smiling at all hours of the glorious day, breathing in the fresh air and fantasizing about bubble tea.  Do you also do this? Each season triggers its own happy associations: spring, for us, is blossoms and bubble tea, summer is swimming pools and iced tea, fall is leaves and spiced chai lattes, and winter is cozy sweaters and a hot cup of green tea.

But back to bubble tea. For the uninitiated, bubble tea is a cold sweetened tea drink with chewy black tapioca pearls that you suck through a wide straw and eat. It is a fantastic combination of food and drink – the perfect treat for springtime.

Bubble tea came about through a happy accident. As the story goes, it originated in Taiwan in the 1980s when a teahouse manager named Ms. Lin Hsiu Hui decided – on a whim, during a staff meeting – to pour tapioca balls from her dessert into her Assam iced tea. She loved the results, and so did her staff. The craze caught on in a big way, and now people from all over the world delight in this whimsical tea drink when the weather turns warm.


How to Make Bubble Tea – A Quick Tutorial

You can make your own bubble tea at home, and we highly recommend it. Not only will you impress your guests with your global-minded culinary sophistication, but you will also create a fun memory they will treasure for years to come. The other benefit to making your own bubble tea is that you have complete control over the ingredients – you can skip fillers and extra calories and focus on finding the right balance of tea, milk, sweetener, and tapioca balls.

We asked some of our bubble tea enthusiasts here at The Republic of Tea to serve up some recipes, and they did not disappoint. A few notes on our bubble tea recipes: you can find boba pearls at your local Asian market or order them online.  As far as the tea flavor is concerned, we recommend using Assam Breakfast Tea or Three Gardens Breakfast Tea in the Black Bubble Milk Tea recipe, and matcha powder in the Matcha Slushie Bubble Tea recipe. But really, anything goes – feel free to experiment with your favorite flavors to discover your bubble tea personality! The rest of the process is familiar, from brewing the tea to combining it with milk and sweetener. Easy!

Try either (or both) of these bubble tea recipes on the next dazzling spring day, and you will find yourself smiling from ear to ear as you delight in the one-of-a-kind refreshing, chewy, and wonderful experience that is bubble tea. Thanks for a great idea, Ms. Lin Hsiu Hui!