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!
The calorie content of your tea depends on you! An average, regular 500 ml Bubbleology® tea is 220 calories (excluding extra toppings). If you want to add a full scoop of tapioca, it’s 90 extra calories and it’s only 60 extra calories to add a scoop of your favourite bobas or jellies. You can also now get a skinny version of all of our drinks (except specials). An average light 500 ml Bubbleology® fruit tea or coffee is 65 calories and an average light milk tea is 125 — reducing calories by over 50% on average across all types of drink.
We use creamer in our standard milk teas and coffees and soya milk in our light versions. In addition to being naturally low in saturated fat, sugar and calories, by using soya milk means we can offer some of our milk drinks to lactose intolerant customers – but please do ask your Bubbleologist for allergens information and refer to the nutrition chart, as your drink may still contain milk derivatives.
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!