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  • What is the boba for bubble tea?

    April 08, 2024 1 min read

    In bubble tea, the term "boba" refers to the various additions that can be included in the drink to enhance its taste and texture. The two main types of boba commonly used in bubble tea are tapioca pearls and popping boba.

    Tapioca pearls are the traditional type of boba. They are made from tapioca starch derived from the cassava plant. These pearls are cooked until they become soft and chewy. They typically have a dark colour, resembling small black balls, although they can also be found in other colours. Tapioca pearls add a chewy texture to bubble tea and are usually placed at the bottom of the cup before pouring in the tea. They can be enjoyed by sucking them up through a wide straw.

    Popping boba, on the other hand, is a newer addition to bubble tea. It is also known as fruit boba or juice balls. Popping boba consists of small, jelly-like balls filled with flavoured juice or syrup. When you bite into them, they burst in your mouth, releasing a burst of flavour. Popping boba is usually translucent and comes in different colours corresponding to different flavours. It adds a burst of fruity taste and a unique texture to bubble tea. Popping boba can be added on top of the tea or mixed into the drink.

    The choice between tapioca pearls and popping boba depends on personal preference. Tapioca pearls provide a chewy texture, while popping boba offers a burst of fruity flavour. Some people even enjoy combining both types in one drink to experience a variety of textures and tastes.