What are the origins of Bubble Tea?

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.

What are Tapioca Pearls?

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.

What other names does Bubble tea go by?

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.

What is Bubbleology

Bubbleology is a tea based beverage with fruit flavour infusions, with all natural Tapioca pearls which are consumed along with the beverage - tasty!

So you're telling me it's tea then!?

Yes! We use tea as the base which is freshly brewed every 2 hours, we then combine this with the flavour base!

Why is it called Bubble Tea

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!

Tell me more about tapioca

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!

Does the drink always come with tapioca?

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!

How much sugar is there in a bubbleology?

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.

What type of milk do you use in the milk-teas?

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.

I would like to buy a bubble tea for my child, can i?

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!

I hear bubbleology is vegetarian?

Indeed it is! All components are 100% vegetarian!

Tell me more about taro!

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.

So what's popping boba made from?

The shell is made from Seaweed extract, with delicious fruit burst flavours inside!

I need a good detox to soothe my hangover, any recommendations?!

Go for the Jasberry Special - it is 100% pure Acai Juice blended with freshly brewed Jasmine Tea and a serving of delicious Tapioca!

I also hear you only use natural colours for your milk and fruit teas?

Absolutely! All of our milk and fruit teas are coloured naturally.

Can I mix and match my flavours?

You sure can!

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