What is Boba Tea?

While people in Asia have been enjoying boba tea for decades, Americans and Europeans have only recently discovered this delectable drink. Slowly but surely, boba tea houses are swiftly becoming fashionable places for younger Westerners to hang out in almost every major city.

By now you may be asking: what is boba tea and why is it so popular? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. Below, we’ll go over everything you need to know about this tasty Taiwanese treat.

Where Was Boba Tea Invented?

As we mentioned above, boba tea was invented in the East Asian nation of Taiwan. Although there are many different stories about the origin of this bubbly beverage, most foodies claim boba tea was invented in at Chun Shui Tang Teahouse in Taichung in the 1980s. Apparently, one of the workers at this tea house was bored one day and decided to pour a few tapioca balls into her iced tea. She enjoyed her drink so much that she shared it with her co-workers. Soon “boba tea” was placed on the tea house menu…and the rest is history!

What Is Boba Tea Made Of?

All boba teas are made using a combination of milk, sugar, tea, and tapioca pearls. There are many different ingredients that can make up the tapioca pearls, but the most common ones are made out of a combination of sweet potatoes, cassava starch, and a pinch of sugar.

The tapioca pearls are easily seen on the bottom of a plastic container. Most people who try them for the first time say they are similar to gummy bears in terms of consistency.

One interesting thing about the tapioca balls is that they absorb whatever flavored tea you order. Usually, boba tea is served with a larger than average sized straw so you can easily eat these tapioca pearls while sipping on your cold tea.

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What Does “Boba” Mean?

“Boba” (Chinese: 波霸) literally means “bubble” in English.

Believe it or not, there’s still a bit of debate over what the “bubble” in bubble tea refers to. Some argue that the drink was named “boba” after the distinctive tapioca balls. Others claim that the “boba” refers to the foamy bubbles that appear on the top of the drink when it’s served.

Is Boba Tea Healthy?

You should keep in mind that boba tea is a dessert, so expect a higher-than-average sugar and calorie count. However, that doesn’t mean boba tea isn’t “bad,” especially when compared to other sugary drinks like soda. Plus, you will still get incredible health benefits depending on what tea you’ve chosen to drink. This is especially true if you chose an antioxidant-rich green tea flavor. You can also put fruit to your boba tea to add some extra nutrients and/or substitute dairy milk with healthier alternatives like coconut or almond milk.

Try Boba Tea At Seven Serenity

If you’re craving an authentic Taiwanese boba tea in Orem, Utah, then you have to stop by Seven Serenity’s Tea House ASAP. There’s nothing more refreshing after a hard day’s work than to sip on a sweet and creamy cup of boba tea. For more information on Seven Serenity’s boba tea, feel free to stop by or call us at (385) 203-0777.


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