Bubble Tea, Explained
What the heck is bubble tea, anyway?
This fun and colorful drink starts with a tea base (sometimes with milk, sometimes without) that’s served on ice or blended into a smoothie. It’s then jazzed up with toppings.
What’s the deal with those toppings?
The most common toppings are black tapioca pearls. They are flavorless but offer a springy, chewy texture. You can also get flavored jellies (like tiny Jell-O Jigglers) and popping boba that explode with juice when you bite them. At SocieTea, you can also get salted cream and cream cheese toppings, which are velvety and can seem strange at first sip, but are utterly addictive.
The name says “and much more.” What else do they offer?
Since SocieTea has opened, we’ve seen a variety of little treats pop up here and there in addition to the roll cakes mentioned in the name. There are fruit teas, of course, but dessert options have included things like little cups of tiramisu and panna cotta.