Boba tea is totally vibin’! This satisfying drink adds a chewy extra to your favorite tea! Learn how to make your own boba tea and enjoy all its fun flavors in the comfort of your home!
Boba 101: The Ultimate Guide to Boba Tea
Find yourself craving a cold and refreshing drink that's both sweet and satisfying? We know you love cold brew tea, but if you want to really get into the vibe, try boba tea! This trendy bev has won over hearts with its delightful combo of chewy tapioca pearls, milk, and, of course, tea.
Boba tea (or bubble tea) has a rich history dating back to the 1980s (just another amazing thing brought to us by the best decade!). In this ultimate guide, we'll explore the charming origins of boba tea, popular flavors that you can try, and show you how to make your own delicious boba tea at home. From classic teas to fruity flavors and everything in between, get ready to discover the wonderful world of boba tea and become a f*cking boba connoisseur!
The History of Boba Tea
Boba tea originated in Taiwan in the 1980s and was invented by a tea house owner. He had the idea to add tapioca pearls to his iced tea to create a drink with a chewy texture – innovation at its finest, people! Of course, it was an instant hit, and the drink quickly became popular in Taiwan and other parts of Asia.
Boba tea made its way to the United States in the 1990s and quickly gained popularity – and now you can find it all over the world. Original boba tea was made with black tea and milk, but now there are limitless variations made with different types of tea, milk, and amazing flavors.
Popular Boba Tea Flavors
One of the best things about boba tea is the variety of amazing flavors available. From classic teas to fruity and floral flavors, there is a boba tea for everyone’s unique taste.
Classic teas (like Basic Black and Matcha) are often paired with milk and sugar or simple syrup to make a creamy satisfying boba tea.
For a less creamy, more refreshing drink try a fruit tea (like Peachy Keen).
Floral teas are a more recent trend with boba tea. They tend to be more delicate (like Fierce B*tch – oh the irony!).
How To Make Boba Tea
Boba Tea Ingredients
Tea: Choose your favorite type of tea, such as black, green, or oolong. We love starting with the OG Basic Black or a mindful Matcha. Try using cold brew tea for an extra refreshing treat.
(Optional)Milk: Choose your favorite milk – dairy or non-dairy.
(Optional) Sugar:You can use regular sugar, honey, or syrup to sweeten your boba tea. TIP: Our Brown Sugar Boba Pearls are pre-sweetened, so you’re already getting a sugar boost! Bonus TIP: If you’re making a cold drink and want to add sweetener, simple syrup works best for dissolving in cold tea.
Directions to Make Boba Tea
Making your boba tea at home is easier than you might think. Here's how:
1. Brew your tea
Brew your tea as you normally would. You can brew it hot or cold, but it needs to be cool before adding boba pearls. TIP: We love using cold brew tea with its refreshing flavor (and it’s already cold).
2. Quick cook the tapioca pearls
Just pop your instant boba pearls in your microwave for 25 seconds and they’re set to go! (Traditional boba pearls take about 20 minutes to prepare. When it’s just as delicious and super easy, we’re all about the instant boba!) TIP: Stir or massage the boba when you take it out of the microwave to help prevent clumps.
3. Add the pearls to your tea
Fill a glass or mason jar with ice and add the cooked tapioca pearls. Pour the cold tea over the ice and pearls. TIP: Use Tice for EXTRA flavor! Another TIP: Put a lid on your glass and shake before adding the tea – it will cool the pearls and give you a more even temperature.
4. (Optional) Add milk and sugar
Add your milk of choice and sweetener to taste. Stir well and enjoy!
Serve Your Boba Tea
Boba tea can be served in a variety of ways, depending on your preference. Here are some ideas:
In a mason jar with a lid and straw: Check out our Boba Tea Starter Kit for a super fun way to serve boba tea. The glass with lid & straw makes it so easy to take on the go!
In a tall glass with a long spoon: Great for mixing the drink and pearls together – like your favorite fruity cereal, or better yet – ice cream sundae!
In a clear plastic cup with a wide straw: This is what you see when you’re walking around the city – very cool, very trendy, very boba.
Store Your Tea
You can store the tea without the boba pearls in an airtight container according to its packaging. The brown sugar syrup for the sugar bath can be stored in an airtight container for up to a month. The cooked boba pearls must be consumed right away – not a problem because your drink is f*cking delicious.
Boba tea is a delicious drink that has captured the hearts of people everywhere. Whether you're a boba tea enthusiast or a newbie looking to try something fresh, there's a boba tea for you. So, grab a glass, add some pearls, and sip the f*ck up!