You have probably heard of it; drinking Boba Tea is one of the most popular trends right now. But do you know what it takes to deliver that delicious, black tapioca to you? It actually involves a lot of dedication and patience.
Tapioca pearls, the balls at the bottom of your tea, are made of cassava starch and are sold in a dry, grayish form. They have to be boiled for 30 minutes and sit for 30 more. If they are not cooked under those standards, they become too squishy or too hard, making it an unsatisfactory experience to eat them.
This is why places that sell Bubble Tea must be praised for their ability to cook them perfectly. Here are some of the best Boba Tea Houses in the Tampa Bay Area.
At Ding Tea, there is something for everyone! Their refreshing teas come in a variety of flavors, from classic Peach tea to Kumquat Ice Green tea. They also have more than 20 different milk tea flavors, lattes, coffee, smoothies, and hot tea. More importantly, you can choose different toppings to add to any of your drinks just for a couple of cents! Pick between the popular black boba or give it a fun twist and order golden boba. They also offer different jellies, which are popping balls and go perfectly with fruity drinks.
Boba Cup offers a relaxed and artsy environment to hang out with your friends or family. This is also the perfect place to study or catch up with work! Enjoy their different tea flavors and boba combinations as well as their coffee or loose leaf teas! Bonus: They also offer handcrafted Horchata and macarons. You can even try one of their 18 Mochi flavors, such as Passion Fruit, Honey Chamomille, and Lychee Colada.
Are you craving some handcrafted rolled ice cream? 35 Below is the perfect place for you! They have a wide variety of ice cream flavors as well as delicious boba teas! They also offer a rewards system that you can build up over time. They have a very cozy environment, perfect for dates and hangouts. They are also one of the very few places closer to Dowtown that offer boba teas. Want to stay home? You can get their products delivered to your door through Postmates!
Even though Kaleisia has a more narrow list of flavors, all of their tea is made with love and passion. This is the perfect place to go to if you are looking for a fuller meal! They offer many entrees, such as noodles, rice bowls, paninis and much more! Pick traditional boba, popping boba or jelly and enjoy your afternoon. You can also purchase teaware and loose tea from them, which can be bought in-store or online.
Chewy Boba has many locations in the U.S., but their Tampa one is very popular among college students! Just sit down and grab one of their board games while you wait for your boba to arrive. In addition, they also have arcade games in the back, so this is also a great place to hang out after a long day of work. If you want something to go with your boba you can get some of their mochi or macarons. They even offer smoothies and slushies for those who don’t want to venture into the amazing world of boba.
At Kung Fu Tea, you will find a BIG variety of drinks. They offer different milk tea, punch, yogurt, slush, and much more! They also have bento boxes that allow you to combine different foods to go with your drink!