Generally, I rotate a cup of coffee with chai tea during my day. Sometimes I'll switch it out with green tea.
If I'm traveling in any direction to the south, I have to incorporate some really good sweet tea because not every place knows how to make sweet tea. It's true. Once I was at a fast food venue and ordered sweet tea and what I received in return was what I would call sweet water. I go to the same venue in South Carolina and bam, real sweet tea.
Bubble tea should fall under a special treat category.
Bubble tea has several other names such as boba tea or tapioca milk tea or bubble milk tea. In the early 1980s, this type of tea came out of Taiwan. Usually, it's tea with boba or pearls (basically tapioca balls). There are a lot of types and flavors.
You can get bubble tea, with or without milk. The choice of teas might be black, green or oolong. You might have options for the milk. There are several milk options even in the stores--regular milk, condensed milk, soy milk, etc.
Usually, bubble tea is served cold. It's a growing market. There are even some large bubble tea chains out there now. Take a look below.
- Bubble Tea Supply was founded in 2001 in Hawaii
- Chatime was founded in 2005 in Taiwan and is one of the oldest brands of bubble tea. This company expanded to Australia in 2009.
- CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice was founded in Taiwan opening its first store in 1997. It has over 3,500 stores worldwide now.
- LollicupUSA founded in 2000 serves teas, coffee, juice, and milk drinks.
Over the next four years, the global bubble tea market is expected to grow by almost $1 billion. (Source.)
Locally, you can find a Chatime at 10150-A W 119th Street in Overland Park, KS 66213. Click here to see the tea menu options.
Fatbee is another bubble tea, or boba tea, as described on their website. Fatbee has several locations including Summit Fair Shopping Center in Lee's Summit, Missouri, Union Station in downtown Kansas City, and opening soon will be another Kansas City location on Chouteau Trafficway.
The options with variants with bubble tea include the sugar level, types of teas and milk forms, and toppings. Of course, adding milk and sugar to teas has been practiced for years, i.e., cream and brown sugar in Chai is delightful.
The distinguishing feature of bubble tea are the small pearls or boba, i.e. the tapioca pearls. (Source.)
Is this a healthy drink?
Since this tea has a lot of calories and sugar, you can go with less sugar, non-dairy, and reduced toppings. This is why I call it a special treat drink.
You wouldn't go to a fast food place and order a large vanilla milkshake every day, would you? Even I don't go to Starbucks every day to order a Chai Tea Latte because of the high calories. I could drink it every day, but know I shouldn't. Likewise, we all know not to get the ice cream drink at Sonic every day, right?
According to widely popular health expert, Dr. Andrew Weil, "If you or your kids like boba tea, I suggest consuming it rarely given its high sugar and fat content."
Like with any other high-caloric beverage, moderation is the healthier option.
Thanks for reading!