Saturday, May 22, 2010

a Bubble Tea making Starter Kit for You

Many, many people have asked us to sell bubble tea supplies, so we're doing it.  We have a great deal for you if you want to get into making bubble tea at home.  We're offering a 6.6 lb bag of Grade A Tapioca, two packages of bubble tea straws and a half pound of almond black tea - all for $20.   That is supplies for 80 to 90 servings of bubble tea.  It's a ridiculous value.

Here's how you prepare the boba:

  • Bring water to a boil - use a large pot, the boba expand and need room so they don't stick.
  • Add boba, reduce heat, cover and allow to boil for 35-45 minutes.
  • Shut the heat, keep the lid on and let the boba continue to soak for at least 20 minutes.
  • Drain and rinse really well.
  • Soak in sweetener; you can use corn syrup or simple syrup (to make simple syrup, take 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water, heat to a boil and until the sugar is completely dissolved).

The thing to remember with boba is that it doesn't keep well.  Do not refrigerate it, and use it within several hours of preparing it.

Real Tea Bubble Tea

Many, if not most, bubble tea establishments make delicious and beautiful bubble teas in yummy and exotic flavors like Taro.  The drinks are fun looking, brightly  colored, and super sweet.  They are usually created with a powdered mix loaded with chemicals and calories.  When I started serving bubble tea, I read the list of ingredients and couldn't sell those in good conscience.  You know, a teahouse is a place to get healthy drinks and tea should be healthy.  So I worked out a formula for real tea bubble tea and Almond, as a traditional bubble tea favorite, was my first success.

To make a real tea bubble tea, the concept is simple:  brew yourself some concentrated iced tea, sweeten liberally, add milk (or half and half) if desired, and shake, shake, shake until it's all BUBBLY!  Put a quarter cup of boba in your glass, pour the drink over it, grab your big fat straw, insert (with the pointy side down!), and enjoy!

I enhance the flavors of many of my bubble teas with coffehouse syrups (like Torani, Monin or Davinci) as sweeteners, but simple syrup, honey, agave nectar, and stevia also do the trick.

I estimate the calorie count of a serving of boba to be 80-100 calories, tea is healthy and calorie free, and how you deal with milk and sweetener is up to you.  But all in all, a real tea bubble tea is an fun indulgence that's not bad for you.

Now, I don't have a liquor license so I can't sell these, but but here's a thought for you when you're making Bubble Tea at Home:  Bubble Tea Cocktails!

Come and get it!

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