When most people think of bubble tea they think of the boba or tapioca pearls on the bottom of the cup. But actually, bubble tea got its name because of the small bubbles that form on top after shaking the tea. In fact, In Taiwan (where bubble tea was invented) the most popular drink isn’t boba milk tea but actually regular iced green or oolong tea.
Green tea is often seen as a healthier option than coffee and can be very refreshing on hot summer days.
Green Tea Bubble Tea is simply shaken iced green tea. Most shops in Taiwan will start with hot green tea, add ice and then shake it in a shaker machine for about 6-8 seconds to create the bubbles on top.
While most milk tea is made by mixing fresh milk with black tea, many people are also mixing milk with green tea or matcha which can then be served either hot or cold. One of my favorites is a matcha bubble tea latte which combines matcha powder, fresh milk and tapioca pearls to make an unforgettable drink.
Bubble Milk Tea in the US is usually made by using a flavored powder. For example, to make taro bubble tea, most shops will use taro bubble tea powder. Surprisingly, some bubble tea shops mix this powder with water so there isn’t actually any tea in your bubble tea! We recommend mixing taro powder with hot green tea to really accentuate the flavor.
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Although bubble tea has been around since the 1980s it’s still gaining in popularity.
People used to have to go to Los Angeles or New York for great bubble tea, now it’s popping up in shopping malls all over the midwest and becoming as ubiquitous as Cinnabon or Jamba Juice.
As of November 2017, there are 1968 listings for bubble tea shops in the US and Google Trends reports continued growth in searches for bubble tea (the annual dips are during the winter months).
Bubble Tea is Trending in USA.
While making bubble tea at home can be a fun hobby, many people are capitalizing on the growing trend of bubble tea by opening their own bubble tea shop. Some of the professional equipment and machines that bubble tea shops are using are Cup Sealer Machines, Shaker Machines and Fructose Dispensers.
Japanese Green Tea readers can get a special discount of $75.00 on all bubble tea machines by using the code greentea at BubbleTeaology.com.
This article is written by Mike, CEO of BubbleTeaology.
Mike is originally from the US but has spent the past 6 years in Taiwan and 2 of those years working for one of the largest bubble tea shops in Taiwan. Now he is the owner of BubbleTeaology which supplies Boba Tea Machines and Wholesale Ingredients to drink shops around the world.