I think I am just about the only person who hadn’t heard about the bubble tea phenomenon. So when I went to the Bubbleology opening event I was like ‘bubble what?’ – I seriously need to get with the times! I have since learned that bubble tea is the latest craze which has been popular around London in places like Soho and Nottinghill for a while now. Bubbleology has recently made it’s way to Leeds and is situated in the Trinity shopping centre, smack bang in the heart of the city!
If you are anything like me then you might be asking, what on earth is bubble tea? Well, it’s a light tea flavoured milk or fruit drink, which originates from Taiwan. The base is made of green tea, black tea or white tea (all rich with antioxidants apparently), plus all of the ingredients which flavour the teas are totally natural too. It’s served ice cold or piping hot (I’d like to try the hot version in winter) and it comes with tiny balls of chewy tapioca at the bottom (black squishy jelly-like balls), which you suck up through a straw.
I know, I know, it’s sounds a bit weird. Well it is. But it’s an addictive kind of weird. It’s also like having a snack and a drink in one, since you sip the drink and chew the balls. Of course Bubbleology have westernised the bubble tea tradition quite a bit to jazz them up for us Brits, so you can now get them in so many different fruity flavours from banoffee pie to white peach and coconut.
I opted for a fruit tea which was a blend of passion fruit and mango with the traditional tapioca balls for the ultimate ‘bubble’ effect with a sprinkling of popping boba balls (fruit flavoured balls that pop in your mouth).
The flavour was naturally sweet and refreshingly tangy. I couldn’t really taste the tea to be honest, there was just a really subtle underlying hint, if you didn’t know you’d never even notice.
I must admit my favourite aspect of the drink was the boba fruity balls, it just gave the drink a fun novelty twist and it’s weirdly addictive sucking them all up the fat straws. However, watch out, those little guys go whoosh straight up the straw and catch you by surprise, so be warned!
Overall I would definitely recommend you try them, for the fun of it, if nothing else. Last time my mum came to Leeds we paid the Trinity store a visit and it made an exciting alternative to a regular mid-shopping trip rehydration!What do you think to the new ‘craze’ that’s hit Leeds? Is it just a fad or do you LOVE bubble tea for the long haul?
Images taken by: Tom Joy • @tomjoyphoto