What is bubble tea

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What is bubble tea?

Bubble tea is a tea-based beverage that can be accompanied by chewy tapioca balls but customers can choose other toppings as well. Depending on the region and culture, grass jelly, popping balls, aloe vera, and red beans are all potential choices. 

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Bubble tea appeared first in Taiwan in the early 1980s. There were two major claims saying that they were the inventor of bubble tea.

It was first created by Han-Chieh Liu, who combined milk tea with black tapioca balls. The drink became popular with students, who would buy it from street vendors for breakfast or a snack. Another claim for the invention of bubble tea comes from the owner of Hanlin Tea Room of Tainan City in Taiwan, Tsong-He Tu was inspired to create bubble tea when he saw white tapioca balls for sale in the traditional market. His idea was to create something new that would be popular among customers who were bored of drinking plain old boring teas.  They even went to court to fight for who the inventor of bubble tea was. After ten years of litigation, the court finally ruled that bubble tea was a new type of beverage, and neither party could obtain a patent. 

Before the cafes started to trend in Taiwan, bubble tea stores were the place where students and workers had gatherings. In the late 1990s, some businesses imported the sealing machine which fixed the problem of tea splitting out of the cup. The takeaway model starts to prosper and expand to the world. 

Bubble tea has been a favourite drink in East and Southeast Asia since the 1990s. Its popularity was only getting stronger as it becomes more prevalent around the world today. 

The tapiocas pearls

Many may wonder why tapioca balls are so chewy and delicious. Tapioca is a starch made from the cassava root, a long tuberous plant to Brazil. Various forms of tapioca pearls include black, flavoured, popping and clear. Often referred to as boba, that is the reason in America or some places, bubble tea is also called boba tea.

What's special about Mooboo?

We have over 1000 combinations that customers could choose by themselves. And we aim to show our passion and desire to connect with local communities across the UK.

Fun fact

Bubble refers to the bubble foam
In general, people think that bubble refers to the toppings for the drink. In fact, it refers to the foamy bubbles that form at the top of the drink when shaken.

Even McDonald’s got in on the trend

All McDonald’s stores in Germany once sold bubble tea for a short period of time in 2012.

Bubble tea has become a signature flavour itself

Despite there being a lot of bubble tea flavours, the drink itself has inspired other desserts such as cakes and ice cream to also have “bubble tea flavour”.

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