Back in the 80s, Taiwanese folk would look forward to buying a cup of refreshing tea after a long, hard day of work or play. Tea stands were set up all over the city and would compete for business with the best selling tea. One concession owner became particularly popular when she started adding different fruit flavours to her tea. Soon, other concessions heard about the unique and popular tea, so they started to add flavouring to their teas.
In 1983 Liu Han-Chieh introduced Taiwan to adding juicy Tapioca 'pearls' into the cold fruit infused teas, which sat at the bottom of clear cups - thus creating Bubble Tea! However, the name "Bubble Tea" doesn't actually refer to the Tapioca Pearls at the bottom, but instead to the tasty bubbly-foam at the top of the tea which is created when shaken. "Bubble Tea" is also known as "Boba" Tea.
Tapioca pearls are black, but can sometimes be found to be white or transparent. Depending on the ingredients of the pearl, the colour varies. The black pearl includes sweet potato, cassava root and brown sugar, which add the black colour. The consistency of tapioca pearls are like gummy bears. They are the size of a marble.
Bubble tea is also known as boba drink, pearl tea drink, boba ice tea, boba, boba nai cha, zhen zhou nai cha, pearl milk tea, pearl ice tea, black pearl tea, tapioca ball drink, BBT, PT, pearl shake, QQ (which means chewy in Chinese) and possibly many others.
Bubbleology is a tea based beverage with fruit flavour infusions, with all natural Tapioca pearls which are consumed along with the beverage - tasty!
Yes! We use tea as the base which is freshly brewed every 2 hours, we then combine this with the flavour base!
Contrary to popular belief, it is not because of the Tapioca or Popping Boba! It is because of the tiny thousands of Bubbles that appear at the top of the drink due to the vigorous shaking!
Derived from the Cassava plant, we use 100% natural Tapioca, which is freshly cooked! It comes free in every drink! However, it is optional! You can ask for a full scoop, a half scoop, or none at all!
Although it is a standard inclusion, it is up to you how you want your drink! You can instead have it with tasty and healthy Aloe Vera or with Popping Boba – it is really up to you!
That's up to you! You can ask for half sugar, or no extra sugar at all. If you are diabetic, then please inform our staff who will advise you on an appropriate drink.
We use Nestle Non-Dairy Creamer which is manufactured in the UK, so that we can offer some of our milk teas to lactose intolerant customers.
Bubbleology as a policy do not serve any Tapioca, Popping Boba or Jellies with drinks to children under 6 years of age, as they could be more difficult to chew. We suggest that you order a Bubbleology drink without these, as they are equally delicious!
Indeed it is! All components are 100% vegetarian!
Taro is a tropical root vegetable found in south-east Asia, Africa and the Americas. It is considered a staple food in some parts of the world, made popular for its light purple colouration and sweet nutty flavour.
The shell is made from Seaweed extract, with delicious fruit burst flavours inside!
Go for the Jasberry Special - it is 100% pure Acai Juice blended with freshly brewed Jasmine Tea and a serving of delicious Tapioca!
Absolutely! All of our milk and fruit teas are coloured naturally.
You sure can!