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Introduction: What is Bubble Tea?

Dive into the Bubbly World of Bubble Tea

Bubble tea, boba tea, or milk tea—regardless of the name, this delicious drink has captured the hearts and taste buds worldwide, especially right here in Canada. If you've ever been curious about those chewy balls at the bottom or the jumbo straws, you're in for a treat. This beginner's guide spills the tea on everything you need to know about bubble tea without getting too fancy.

What Exactly is Bubble Tea?

Originating from Taiwan, bubble tea is more than just an ordinary drink. It's a sweet and refreshing blend of tea with milk or non-dairy alternatives, syrups, and the iconic tapioca pearls. 

Much like how maple syrup is to Canada, bubble tea has been the signature sip in countries like China and Taiwan since early 80s.

Understanding Bubble Tea Ingredients:

  • Tea: The base of most bubble tea drinks. Typically made from black, green, oolong, or jasmine tea leaves, it gives the drink its primary flavor.

  • Syrup: Sweetens the tea. Common types include strawberry, coconut, honeydew, or watermelon.

  • Milk (Optional): Adds a creamy texture and rich flavor. Common options are whole milk, non-dairy milk, or creamer.

  • Ice: You know what it's used for, haha. It makes the drink cold and refreshing.

  • Tapioca Pearls: Chewy black or translucent balls made from tapioca starch, they're known for their iconic "bubble" appearance at the bottom of the cup.

  • Popping Boba: Similar to tapioca pearls but filled with flavored juices that burst in your mouth. They come in various flavors.

  • Jelly: Often made from coconut or fruit, these gelatinous, flavored strips add a unique texture and flavor to the drink.

How Do You Make Brown Sugar Milk Tea?

  1. Cook a small batch of tapioca pearls.

  2. Mix the brown sugar syrup with the warm tapioca pearls

  3. Put into a cup, a scoop of brown sugar coated tapioca pearls

  4. Pour brown sugar syrup gently around the sides of the cup.

  5. Toss in some ice cubes for a refreshing touch.

  6. Pour in fresh milk or vegan milk to your desired level.

  7. Stir well to combine all the flavors.

  8. Enjoy your delicious homemade Brown Sugar Milk Tea!

The best part about bubble tea is its customizability. With a plethora of teas, flavors, and toppings available, don't hesitate to experiment and find the perfect blend that delights your taste buds!

How to Drink Bubble Tea? 

The fun thing about bubble tea is that everyone has their own way of drinking it! Some people save the little balls for the end and eat them after finishing the drink. Others eat these balls first and then sip the tea. And some folks like to sip the tea and munch on the balls at the same time. There's no one right way to enjoy it, which makes it a fun and unique drink for everyone!

Seaweed and Paper Straws in the Wake of Canada's Plastic Ban

Now that you've got the basics of bubble tea down pat, lets delve deeper into its sipping accessories. Yes, we're talking about straws! In recent years, there has been a growing concern about the environmental impact of plastic straws, prompting Canada and many other countries to take decisive steps to reduce plastic waste. As a result, bubble tea shops and suppliers like us in Canada have joined the movement towards sustainability by offering more eco-friendly alternatives, with seaweed straws and paper straws leading the way.

Seaweed Straws: An Eco-Conscious Choice

  • Environmentally Friendly: Seaweed straws are made from natural seaweed, aligning perfectly with Canada's commitment to reducing plastic waste.

  • Durability: Seaweed straws are surprisingly sturdy and reliable which makes them ideal for bubble tea

  • Safe and Non-Toxic: Seaweed is a food-grade material, so you can use them without any worries.

Paper Straws: The Nostalgic Option:

These straws are made from paper and coated with a thin layer of wax to resist moisture.

  • Biodegradable: Like seaweed, paper straws naturally decompose and support Canada's sustainability objectives.

  • Vintage Charm: Paper straws bring a retro vibe to your bubble tea experience.

  • Short-Term Use: Perfect straws for a single drink.

A Greener Choice for Canada:

With Canada's plastic ban in full effect, choosing between seaweed and paper straws is not just a matter of personal preference; it's a step towards a more sustainable future for the country. Many bubble tea shops and suppliers in Canada have started using these alternatives. So, the next time you want to order, choose between seaweed or paper straws while you enjoy sipping your drinks to support keeping the environment safe for everyone.

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