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What does bubble tea mean?
Where does bubble tea come from?
In Taiwan, bubble tea is natively called pearl milk tea in Chinese, with the tapioca balls likened to pearls. In English, these balls are called bubbles, sometimes rendered as boba in Chinese and with boba sometimes used in the U.S. for the entire beverage.
The drink spread in Taiwan and East Asia in the 1990s and made the jump to the US in the 2000s, first spreading in cities with Taiwanese populations like San Francisco and New York, thanks especially to entrepreneurs like Boba Guys.
While bubble tea is traditionally made with black or white tapioca balls, other popular types include clear, flavored, popping, and mini boba. The tea can be served hot or, more commonly, iced and made from various teas, including, black, green, white, and herbal blends. Essential to the drink is its wide straw for slurping every last little boba.
How is bubble tea used in real life?
Bubble tea is a popular drink all around the world and comes in a wide variety of flavors. Major cities all around the world boast shops selling bubble tea. There’s a bubble tea emoji, and even National Bubble Tea Day, an informal holiday marked on April 30th. Keep in mind that bubble tea pearls can be choking hazards for children.
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Example sentences from the Web for bubble tea
For the uninitiated, the “bubbles” in bubble tea are made from a starchy substance called tapioca, which is derived from the roots of the cassava plant.
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