Do You Boba?

May 26, 2016 | Tampa Magazine | Food

Boba first burst onto the U.S. scene in the early 2000s, and many people wrote it off as a fad — but time has proven that this sweet treat is here to stay. What started as a tea trend has evolved into a full-fledged beverage movement involving shakes, coffee, slushes and more.

What’s Inside
Smoothie, shake, coffee or tea shaken with milk, ice and sugar with large tapioca pearls called boba
(Gluten- and dairy-free drink options available)

Boba What?
Boba (a.k.a. tapioca pearls) are made of tapioca, the starch extracted from cassava root

Essential Tool
Extra-wide straw

Roots
Boba tea first originated in the suburbs of Taiwan in the late 1980s as a popular after-school snack

Pseudonyms 
Bubble Tea, Boba Tea, Boba drink, Boba

Where to Boba:

Got Tea?
2202 W. Waters Ave.

The Boba House
2764 University Sq. Dr.

BOBACUP
2732 E. Fowler Ave.

Naga Tea
10950 N. 56th St.

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