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Boba History: Why It’s Here to Stay

Boba has many names and many meanings: bubble tea, milk tea, pearl milk tea, and even tapioca tea. The term “boba” is also used interchangeably, referring to both the tapioca pearls and the drink itself. Whatever the name, one thing is certain: in the past two decades, boba has become a worldwide phenomenon.

This increasing popularity is due to the unique texture, flavor options, and Instagram-friendly aesthetic. This delicious and refreshing drink is here to stay, and it is likely to grow even more popular in the next few years. According to forecasting reports, the boba market is expected to reach $4.3 billion by 2027. To better understand the factors driving this growth, let’s take a look at the history of boba.

The History of Boba

Boba is a popular Taiwanese drink often prepared with milk, tea, and chewy tapioca pearls. Customized with different flavors and toppings, boba is traditionally served cold but can also be enjoyed hot.

The history of boba dates back to the 1980s when tea shops in Taiwan began to experiment with new ways to make their drinks more interesting and appealing to customers. One of the most popular additions was tapioca pearls, which were originally used as a way to add texture and flavor to the drink. Over time, boba became increasingly popular and can now be found all over the world.

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Why is Boba Here to Stay?

Boba has been around for over four decades and shows no signs of slowing down. It’s incredibly versatile and a great alternative to soda and other drinks with a high sugar content. It can be enjoyed hot or cold and there are endless flavor combinations.  Most importantly, boba is just plain fun to drink! The tapioca pearls add an element of playfulness and make every sip an adventure.

What is Better Boba?

Better Boba offers an all-natural alternative to most mass produced boba in North America. There are no artificial ingredients, chemicals, or additives. We take pride in crafting all-natural tapioca pearls that are sustainably produced in the USA.  Better Boba is easy to make at home and a unique way to celebrate a birthday or special event! Sip better. Choose better.

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