What’s a Boba Brew? It’s our version of Bubble Teas. There is a wide variety of Bubble Teas on the market today. And a LOT of variety in the way they are made. There’s also a lot of varying versions of how they came about. We could compile pages upon pages of information about Bubble Tea but we’ll just give a brief synopsis here.
Bubble tea originated in Taiwan in the 1980’s. One tea concession owner started adding flavors to the teas. These were shaken to mix the flavors well. The shaking produces bubbles which in turn led to it being dubbed “bubble tea”.
And then came the Tapioca Pearls. Tapioca pearls are made from starch from the cassava root. Also known as “boba”. The starch is extracted and made into translucent spheres called pearls. There are varying sizes of the pearls, as well as varying colors from clear to black (some are artificially colored). The black pearls we use get their color from brown sugar and are a little sweeter. They have a chewy texture in the center with a jelly-like exterior when cooked properly. The pearls really do not have any flavor of their own and any sweetness they may impart is due to sugar that may be added or a sugary syrup they are held in after cooking.
There are several stories about how tapioca pearls were introduced in this popular beverage. To sum up all the stories.....someone decided to add these chewy little pearls to tea as a fun and new topping for the flavored milk teas. These pearl milk teas were served cold over ice and quickly became a popular beverage.
In today’s market it is common for tea and coffee shops to offer a version of “bubble” teas. And there are mobile Bubble Tea Shops that specialize in these types of beverages. Many of these businesses have begun to use powdered mixes to create their bubbly drinks. These mixes are available in a variety of tea, coffee and fruit flavors. And most contain some form of a powdered non-dairy creamer. Having the various flavors in powdered form provide a quick, easy, economical way to offer a larger variety to customers.
But what makes ours different? Our process takes an extra minute or two but yields a brew that is as fresh and natural as possible. We only use fresh ingredients and flavor syrups with natural flavors. We do not use powdered non-dairy creamers or instant teas in our brews. All of our teas are brewed fresh for each cup. We use our own line of loose leaf teas. So we may have different flavors than seen with other companies. The coffee we use is cold brewed by a local roaster providing a lower acidic and smoother coffee. And the milk we use are real milks (whole, skim, half and half or heavy cream), not powdered. Milk alternatives that we use are almond, coconut or soy milk. No powdered non-dairy creamers used here. We also select flavor syrups that are made with natural flavors and sugar. No high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners are used.
We call ours Boba Brews because we offer more than just tea with boba. And it’s fun to say. 😊 Boba is just another name for Bubble Tea. So come on and Tickle your tastebuds with one of our fun & delicious treats!!