Maybe you regularly consume bubble tea and green tea, but have you ever tried drinking them together? In this post, you'll learn all about the magic of green tea bubble tea, including how to make it at home for yourself!
Bubble tea was invented in Taiwan by Liu Han Chie, the owner of Chun Shui Tang teahouse.
Although many tea companies claim to take credit for the invention of bubble tea, due credit goes to beverage visionary Liu. He was the first to decide to put pearls in sweet tea and invent a whole new trendy beverage. It soon became popular in Asia and later spread throughout the world, where it became beloved by the masses.
Bubble tea is also known as pearl milk tea, bubble milk tea, and Boba tea—its most popular name. It’s a milk or tea-based drink and comes with various flavored toppings and chewy tapioca pearls. These pearls are also called boba, which is Taiwanese slang for pearls.
The boba or tapioca pearls are marble-sized balls made from tapioca, a starch extracted from cassava root. It’s gluten-free and made into flour before being shaped into pearls. Boba is flavorless and added to tea prepared by a special process—cooked in boiling water and soaked in sweet syrup. The pearls keep soaking until they are chewy.
Then, these are put in the base, filling the cup with different flavors and kinds of drinks.
When most people think of bubble tea, they think of the boba or tapioca pearls on the bottom of the cup. But in truth, 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. Instead, it’s actually regular iced green or oolong tea.
Bubble tea has many varieties with a wide range of flavors. But the most popular varieties around the world are black pearl milk tea and green pearl milk tea.
The most common types of bubble tea are:
Although most milk teas are made by mixing fresh milk with black tea, many people mix milk with green tea or sweets, which can be served hot or cold.
Green tea is often considered a healthier option than coffee and can be very refreshing on hot summer days. Green Tea Bubble Tea is shaken iced green tea.
Most shops in Taiwan will start with hot green tea, adding ice, and then shaking it in a shaker machine for about six to eight seconds to create the bubbles on top.
One of my personal favorites is a matcha bubble tea latte. This option combines matcha powder, fresh milk, and tapioca pearls to make an unforgettable drink.
Bubble Milk Tea in the US is usually made 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 any tea in your bubble tea! We recommend mixing taro powder with hot green tea to accentuate the flavor.
(Have you ever wondered if drinking green tea with milk is bad for you? Take this True or False quiz right here)
Although bubble tea has been around since the 1980s, it’s still gaining popularity. Now, bubble tea is trending in the USA!
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 were 1,968 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).
Now, in 2021, there are even more!
Bubble Tea is Trending in USA.
The bubble tea taste and its benefits depend on the ingredients you put in it because the pearls are flavorless but sweetened with syrup. Depending on the ingredients, the flavor can range from sweet to nutty and earthy. The most popular is green tea due to the health benefits it offers, along with great taste.
(Learn more about the health benefits of green tea in this post)
Picking the right ingredients is key, as you do not want to poison yourself with excess sugar. The bubble tea you buy from shops is high in calories and potentially unhealthy if you consume too much of it.
However, if you make bubble tea at home with green tea and a controlled sugar level, it’s a healthier option that refreshes you on a summer day.
Green tea, as you know, is the most popular flavor for bubble tea, and it is rightfully so due to its effects on human body health. It strengthens the immune system with the help of antioxidants like catechins present in tea leaves. If you combine it with fruit flavors, you get an extra boost of Vitamin C, which is great for the immune system and skin.
(Learn all about catechins and the science of green tea in this post)
The green, black, and white teas contain sugar and caffeine, a great energy boost. However, high sugar is always risky, so you should opt for a healthier version of this drink with less sugar. The green tea bubble tea also enhances your metabolism and keeps you refreshed and feeling good all day… no sugar crash!
Not to mention, the antioxidants and inflammatory compounds present in green tea strengthen the blood vessel walls and can help in the prevention of plaque forming in arteries. So, it’s important to choose a healthier version that can help promote and maintain your healthiest self.
Bubble tea is highly sweet due to the excess amount of sugar that contributes to health issues. For example, excessive sugar and high-calorie intake result in weight gain for most people. A cup of bubble tea, including fruit syrup, sweetened condensed milk, and boba, contains at least 350 calories. This many calories with one cup and consuming it regularly isn’t beneficial for your health.
The tapioca balls are a source of carbohydrates, which then combine with sugar. So, naturally, such beverages are likely to cause diabetes if they're not consumed in moderation! That’s why this tea is not suitable for people who already have diabetes or are prone to this disease.
While making bubble tea at home can be a fun hobby, many people are capitalizing on the growing bubble tea trend by opening their own bubble tea shop. Some of the professional equipment and machines that bubble tea shops use are Cup Sealer Machines, Shaker Machines and Fructose Dispensers.
This article was written by Mike, CEO of BubbleTeaology.
This article about green tea bubble tea was first published in 2017, but it was updated in 2021 just for you.
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.
*Disclosure: I only recommend products I would use myself and all opinions expressed here are my own. This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission.
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