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Unravelling the Delightful Differences: Tapioca vs Boba and Traditional Milk

Updated: Aug 22, 2023

Tea vs Fruit Bubble Tea

In the world of bubble tea, two intriguing terms often spark curiosity and conversations: tapioca and boba. Additionally, the enchanting contrast between traditional milk bubble tea and its fruity counterpart creates a delightful spectrum of flavours and textures. Let's dive into the joyful differences that set them apart.



Tapioca vs Boba



Tapioca is a starch extracted from the sweet cassava root. This gluten-free starch is often used to create small, chewy pearls that are a staple in bubble tea. Tapioca pearls are typically brown with a brown sugar / caramelly taste. When cooked, they transform into those delightful, chewy spheres that make each sip of bubble tea an adventure.





Boba, on the other hand, refers to popping balls of fruit juice. How they got their name is pretty fruity too! Boba are made from Xanthan gum and contain fruit juice when bitten they pop in your mouth releasing extra flavour and joy.







Traditional Milk Tea vs Fruity Bubble Tea




Traditional milk bubble tea, often referred to as the classic essence of bubble tea. It typically features a base of strong, brewed tea—commonly black tea or oolong tea—mixed with creamer. The result is a creamy and slightly sweet beverage, with the tapioca pearls or boba providing a playful contrast to the smoothness of the tea-milk blend.


The traditional milk bubble tea is a testament to the art of balance. The tea's robust flavour harmonises with the creaminess of the creamer, while the tapioca pearls offer a delightful chewiness and caramel taste complementing one another. This classic rendition encapsulates the essence of bubble tea that started it all.




Enter fruit bubble tea—a refreshing twist that caters to those seeking a more vibrant and fruity experience. In fruit bubble tea, the traditional tea base is often replaced with jasmine tea and fruit syrups. At TeaJoy we use high-quality jasmine tea from Taiwan and real fruit juice with no additives. This infusion


of fruity goodness introduces a burst of natural flavours that dance across the taste buds.


The fruit bubble tea experience extends beyond the flavour profile. The visual appeal of the vibrant colours and the rousing scent of the fruits add a sensory aspect to the beverage. Imagine enjoying Lychee bubble tea and being transported to a tropical oasis with each delightful sip.





Sip and Savour the Differences

In the world of bubble tea, the difference lies not only in the ingredients but also in the experiences they offer. Tapioca and boba elevate the textile experience, introducing an element of chewiness that engages the senses. Meanwhile, the contrast between traditional milk bubble tea and fruit bubble tea allows for a diverse range of flavours and customisation to reflect you and your individuality.

So, whether you're craving the classic elegance of traditional milk bubble tea or the exciting burst of fruit flavours in your boba-filled cup, the world of bubble tea promises a journey filled with joyful differences. With each sip, you're not just enjoying a beverage; you're embracing a cultural fusion that celebrates taste, texture, and the joy of exploration.


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