In recent years, the global fascination with bubble tea, also known as boba tea, has reached unprecedented heights. Originating from Taiwan in the 1980s, this delightful concoction has swiftly transcended borders, captivating taste buds across continents. It is now a beloved international beverage phenomenon!

The Birth of Bubble Tea

The history of bubble tea can be traced back to Taichung, Taiwan, in the early 1980s. It all began when a tea shop owner, Liu Han-Chieh, sought to diversify his offerings by adding fruit flavors to his traditional teas. Inspired by the texture of Japanese agar jelly desserts, he introduced tapioca pearls, or "bubbles," into his drinks, creating a delightful chewy sensation. Little did he know that this simple innovation would spark a revolution in the world of beverages.

Initially known as "pearl milk tea," the drink quickly gained popularity among locals, captivating their palates with its unique combination of flavors and textures. Its appeal spread like wildfire throughout Taiwan, and soon, bubble tea shops began popping up on street corners, bustling with eager customers excited to savor this newfound delight.

The Spread of Bubble Tea

In the following decades, the popularity of bubble tea transcended Taiwan's borders, gradually making its way to neighboring Asian countries and beyond. As Taiwanese immigrants introduced the drink to new communities around the world, its reputation continued to grow, fueled by its irresistible combination of tea, milk, and chewy tapioca pearls.

The Evolution of Bubble Tea

Over the years, bubble tea has undergone numerous transformations, evolving to suit the diverse tastes and preferences of consumers worldwide. Today, bubble tea comes in an array of flavors, ranging from traditional milk teas to exotic fruit blends, catering to every palate imaginable.
Moreover, the introduction of innovative toppings and add-ons has further expanded the possibilities of bubble tea. From fruit jellies and pudding to popping boba and ice cream, the options are virtually endless, allowing consumers to customize their drinks to their heart's content.

Bubble Tea in the Digital Age

In the age of social media and viral trends, bubble tea has emerged as a cultural phenomenon, with enthusiasts documenting their colorful bobas and sharing their #bubbletealove online. Influencers and celebrities alike have contributed to its widespread popularity, further cementing its status as a global culinary sensation.
Additionally, the rise of bubble tea franchises and specialty shops has made it more accessible than ever before, with dedicated establishments around the world. Whether you're in Taipei or Tokyo, New York or London, chances are you'll find a bubble tea shop just around the corner, ready to satisfy your cravings for this beloved beverage.

Here is our take on the more traditional Bubble Tea. This brown sugar milk tea features one of Teabloom’s decadent black tea, Wild Cinnamon Chai. Your choice of any black tea will work with this recipe ofcouse! We hope you enjoy the sweet, creamy flavours, and the chewy textures of the bubbles in this famous drink!

Brown Sugar Bubble Tea

A refreshing and indulgent beverage that offers a delightful play of sweet, creamy, and black tea flavors, complemented by the chewy texture of tapioca pearls.
Course Drinks


  • 1 Teabloom's Wild Cinnamon Chai tea bag
  • Tapioca pearls
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk


  • Take 1/2 cup of tapioca pearls and boil in water for 30 minutes. Continue stirring every 10 minutes to prevent them from sticking to one another.
  • In a teapot, boil 2 cups of whole milk ( or milk of your choice). Take 1 Teabloom's Wild Cinnamon chai tea tea bag and steep in the milk for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  • In a pan, under low to medium heat, take 1/2 cup of brown sugar, pour 1 tsp. water and let it all melt. Add more water until you get a liquid consistency.
  • Strain the tapioca pearls and pour them in the pan with the brown sugar syrup.
  • Assemble the bubble tea, in your chosen cup. First spread the tapioca pearls around wall of the cup. Add ice, and pour the milk tea mixture. Stir and enjoy! You can use a big bubble tea straw or a spoon to indulge in the delicious brown sugar tapioca pearls.


Keyword black tea, bubble tea, milk tea