What is Bubble Tea?

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Did you know...
Second only to water, tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world. Tea contains high levels of an antioxidant called Polyphenols, which takes on the "free radicals" in the body and helps prevent them from harming the healthy cells we have. The Polyphenols in tea holds 20-30 times the amount of the antioxidant potency found in both vitamins C and E. Tea also helps protect against heart disease and can aid in slowing the spread of prostate cancer. Studies have shown tea drinkers have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Tea also helps boost the immune system.
2) Why is it called Bubble Tea?
Before handing out our bubble tea drinks, we often shake it to mix the flavors; as a result, little foamy "bubbles "form at the top of the drink. This is why you can still order a "Bubble Tea" without the Tapioca Balls.
3) Are there other names for this "Bubble Tea"?
Bubble tea is the umbrella that covers all different names of the drinks known as, but not limited to: boba tea, boba nai cha, tapioca ball drink, pearl shake, black pearl tea or zhen shu nai cha. This drink is far from the typical iced tea that most people are familiar with.
4) Is Bubble Tea carbonated?
Bubble tea is not carbonated and can come in an array of different colors depending on the flavor chosen. The tea is usually sweetened though it has less sugar than a typical soft drink. There are an endless variety of flavors to try and every place will make them slightly differently, using different products and or substitutes to fit their customers' needs, but the key ingredients will always remain the same.
5) What is a Traditional Bubble Tea drink?
The most traditional consistency of bubble tea is a unique and precise blend of tea, milk (Fat Straw uses coconut milk), sugar, and of course the tapioca pearls.
6) What are the black things at the bottom??
TAPIOCA (also called BUBBLES, BOBA, PEARLS). These stars of the show are made from tapioca starch and are slightly sweet, having almost no distinct flavor to them, allowing you to savor and enjoy the essence of the tea used. The consistency is like a gummy bear; soft and chewy, being no larger than the size of a marble. These small bits of chewy fun sink to the bottom of a cup that is usually clear and can only be slurped through a FAT STRAW.
7) Why are the Straws so Fat?
The straws needed to be big enough to get the texture through the straw.
8) Where did Bubble Tea originate from?
Originating in Taiwan, bubble tea has taken some larger cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, and even in some Canadian cities such as Vancouver and Toronto.
9) Can you make a Bubble Tea HOT?
Yes. Check out our Hot Milk Tea menu.
You can also order our "House Hot" which is our Jasmine green or black tea.
10) Do all the drinks have tea in it?
Our milk teas (except taro flavored) and green/black ice teas have tea in it.
Our Fruit Smoothies do not have tea.
11) Do you have to put tapioca or jelly in the drinks?
No. You can have any drink without the EXTRAS added.
12) Do I have to chew the EXTRAS added inside the drink?
Yes. Due to past inquiries, we feel it is important to stress the importance of chewing Bubbles aka Tapioca Pearls before swallowing.
Many people try bubble tea only once are addicted from the very first sip. Others suggest it holds more of an acquired taste. Either way, Fat Straw has many different options to choose from so whether it is your first time exploring the world of bubble tea or if you have it on a regular basis, come on in and let us walk you through our wonderful world of tea. Bubbles optional!