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Little-known Historical Trivia about Ingredients-Bubble Tea

Taiwan's most famous delicacy is Pearl milk tea. Having gained popularity in Taiwan, it has effectively penetrated international markets. Ranging from China to Southeast Asia, extending to Europe and the United States, and even reaching Middle Eastern nations.

The fervor for bubble milk tea is not to be overlooked. The business prospects are limitless, and proprietors of milk tea shops are eagerly venturing into foreign markets.

Based on data from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan has the capacity to sell approximately 1.02 billion cups of bubble milk tea annually, averaging 44 cups per person, and generating a revenue of NT$50 billion. Besides, there are around 300 billion business opportunities yet to be explored in the international pearl milk tea-related sectors.

I’ll also tell you the history of bubble milk tea here.

The origin of bubble tea can be traced back to Taiwan in the early 1980s. The name "bubble tea" is associated with the pearl-like shape of the black sugar pearls used in the beverage. These pearls are made from tapioca starch derived from the roots of the cassava plant and, after cooking, they acquire a delightful chewy texture known as "QQ." This innovative drink gained popularity locally and started spreading to other Asian regions in the mid-1980s, becoming an integral part of tea culture. Over time, bubble tea transcended its origins and made its way into the international market, evolving into a beloved classic among tea enthusiasts worldwide.


Based on the above historical highlights

Bubble tea, alternatively referred to as Boba tea or Pearl milk tea, has its roots in Taiwan. Here is a brief history of bubble tea:

  • Origins: Bubble tea first became popular in the early 1980s. Chen San Ding tea shop in Taiwan was one of the first places to make it popular. At that time, they introduced a unique beverage by combining syrup with black sugar pearls in milk tea.

  • Name Origin: Bubble Tea is named after the black sugar pearls that resemble bubbles floating in the milk tea. These pearls are made from tapioca starch from the cassava plant. When cooked, they become chewy and are called "QQ."

  • Popularity: In the mid-1980s, bubble tea started gaining popularity in Taiwan, becoming a local classic. Over time, the beverage rapidly spread to other Asian regions, becoming an integral part of tea culture.

  • Globalization: In the late 1990s and early 2000s, bubble tea entered the international market, particularly gaining popularity in East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, and North America. Many chain stores began offering a variety of flavored milk teas and unique types of pearls.

  • Innovation: With the success of bubble tea, many establishments started innovating by introducing different flavors of milk tea, variations of pearls, and toppings like milk foam, providing consumers with a diverse range of choices.

In conclusion, the history of bubble tea is a short but rapid journey from Taiwan to the global stage, becoming a representative icon of global tea culture. Its unique texture and rich flavors have made it a beloved beverage across various age groups.


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