BOBA DRINKS

THE ORIGIN OF BOBA

Originating from Taiwan, "boba" specifically refers to chewy tapioca balls that serves as common topping for tea drinks, especially milk tea. To learn more about the development of boba, check out this interview with the inventor of boba, Lin Hsiu Hui.
In certain areas like the Bay Area, the term has become an umbrella reference to the tea drinks that are typically served with boba.

MY BOBA PROBLEM

There are number of reasons why I have become obsessed with drinking boba over the years.

  1. I'm from San Jose, and according to my friends, boba is "literally the only thing we have to offer around here". (We also have the Winchester Mystery House but who am I to contend this? I have also never been.)
  2. It's all the sugar and caffeine you need packed into one sealed cup.
  3. I actually just like drinking tea in general.
  4. Stabbing the straw into the cup gives me an adrenaline rush (it is, debatably, half the experience).

The combination of these factors have caused heavy damage to my wallet over the years. I drink boba at least once a week. Whenever I travel somewhere, I have to try the boba there. It is most likely a problem

BUT ANYWAYS

Here's a compilation of some different drinks I've tried.