Originally bubble tea (also known as pearl milk tea, boba tea, boba milk tea and bubble milk tea and in Chinese it is 珍珠奶茶) was a term given to drinks that consisted of tea, milk and chewy tapioca pearls which are shaken together to form a bubbly foam on top of the drink.
These days, bubble tea is given to a wide variety of fruity and milk infused teas that are produced in this way.
The origins of Bubble Tea come from Taiwan in the 1980s and have become increasingly popular across the world. The ‘drink that you chew’ has become a phenomenon in the UK and our home city Bristol. Drinking through an oversized straw to slurp up your tea and chew tapioca or pop the popping bubbles is a sensation and an experience that everyone should try.