You’re craving for something sweet. You enjoy experimenting with different textures and flavors. You drank soda your whole life, but you are ready to try something new and creative. For those who have already tried bubble tea, they know what wonders it can do from the moment you first drink it to the very last sip. With over 250 flavors and dozens of fruits and tapioca, finding the best combination will be tough. Let us be your one-stop-guide to help you find what type of bubble tea you enjoy.

What Is Bubble Tea?

Also known as boba tea or pearl milk tea, bubble tea is a casual tea-based drink created during the 1980s in Taichung, Taiwan. The term “bubble” is a word derived from the Mandarin Chinese word bōbà (波霸). This is slang for the large, textured tapioca balls almost always added to a bubble tea drink. This creates the fun of bubble tea; chewing and swallowing the small tapioca balls, also known as pearls or boba. Most, if not all, bubble milk tea drinks contain a tea base mixed with some variant of milk or fruit.

A bubble tea slush can be made by blending ice with mixed fruit or syrup; the consistency of this will be icy and cold. There are over 250 flavors, and this amounts to countless combinations when mixed with contents such as fruit slices, tapioca, and jelly. Other varieties are smoothies or  100% crushed-fruit juice with tapioca pearls. Many American bubble tea shop also sell “milk smoothies”, which are very similar to bubble tea, but do not contain tea. Some other cafés offer substitutes for sweeteners such as sugar syrup, honey, condensed milk, agave, and stevia.

The ability to alternate the contents of the boba tea opens up the market to many people who have allergies related to dairy products. Business owners see the growing trend of bubble tea and are using it as an add-on to increase revenue. It is suggested that there is over 125% increase in revenue on beverages and desserts because of people constantly craving for bubble milk tea.



Tapioca Pearls$$4.5-star

Premium Grade Black Tapioca Pearls (6.6 lb) [Bubble Tea]
Tapioca Pearls$$3.5-star

Greenmax Boba Milk Tea Powder, Black Tea, 24.5 Ounce
Bubble Tea Powder$3.5-star

JUMBO Boba Bubble Tea Kit Makes 30+ Drinks DIY by Buddha Bubbles Boba GREEN TEA LATTE, TARO & HONEYDEW
Bubble Tea Kit$$$3-star

Rainbow Tapioca Pearls Boba Bubble Tea 2.2 lb
Tapioca Pearls$$4-star

Boba Bubble Tea: The Ultimate Recipe Guide
Bubble Tea Book$$4-star

DeDe Instant Boba Tea Kit 9 Drink Packets, Straws & Boba Thai, Milk & Green Tea Latte
Bubble Tea Kit$$$5-star

172 pcs Boba Bubble Tea Straws - approx. 9" x 0.5"
Bubble Tea Straws$$4.5-star

Professional Manual Bubble Tea Boba Cup Sealer Sealing Machine
Bubble Tea Cup Sealer$3-star