You need not go to a bubble teashop every time you crave for that wonderful beverage. You can prepare bubble tea drinks in the comfort of your home. You can even keep the ingredients in your refrigerator and prepare a drink in an instant when you want to impress some guests or simply satisfy your thirst.
Making bubble tea at home is simple if one will follow the basic recipes. You can adjust the amount of ingredients according to your taste and preference. Apply your creativity to the recipes to make more exciting bubble tea drinks.
- Cooking Tapioca Pearls (Regular Tapioca or Boba Balls)
To make homemade tapioca pearls, follow these steps:
- Boil water in a pot. Use 7:1 ratio for water to raw tapioca pearls
- Put the tapioca pearls in the pot of boiling water and cook for 25 minutes. You will notice that the tapioca pearls will rise to the surface when cooked.
- Stir to prevent the tapioca pearls from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
- Turn off the stove after 25 minutes but let the tapioca pearls sit on the hot water for another 25 minutes.
- After sitting for 25 minutes in hot water, strain the tapioca pearls and rinse with cold water.
- Cool to room temperature and submerge the tapioca in sugar syrup.
- Keep in the refrigerator.
- Cooking Mini Boba (Mini Tapioca Pearls)
Mini boba refers to the small tapioca pearls that children love in their bubble tea drinks. The following is the procedure of cooking the mini tapioca pearls:
- Boil water in a pot using the same ratio for the regular tapioca pearls – 7:1 water to tapioca pearls.
- Put the mini tapioca balls into the pot and cook for 15 to 20 minutes. The tapioca pearls will also rise to the surface.
- Stir the pot to prevent the mini tapioca pearls from sticking to the pot.
- Turn off the stove after 15 to 20 minutes but let the tapioca pearls sit on the hot water for another 15 to 20 minutes.
- Strain the tapioca pearls and rinse with cold water.
- Cool to room temperature and submerge the tapioca pearls in sugar syrup.
- Keep in the refrigerator.
- Ice-Blended Drink
The popular ice-blended drink known as snow bubble, smoothie, or slush can also be prepared at home following this recipe:
- Prepare 3 fluid ounces of juice syrup or fruit flavor powder.
- Prepare 2 fluid ounces of non-dairy creamer.
- Prepare 1 fluid ounce of sugar.
- Put everything in a blender and blend with 1 full cup of ice and ½ cup of water.
- Serve in a tall glass.
Tips for better bubble tea drink preparation:
- For sweeter tapioca pearls, soak them in sugar syrup or similar sweetener before serving.
- Cook the tapioca pearls longer if you want softer boba.
- Cook the tapioca pearls shorter if you prefer chewy boba.
- If you prefer stronger tea flavor, use less water and more tealeaves when you brew your tea.
- For richer and creamier bubble tea flavor, add more fruit juice and milk or creamer.
You can enjoy bubble tea drink at home by being creative in trying new flavors and ingredients. Don’t be afraid to experiment. You might just come up with the best drink possible.
How to Make Perfect Bubble Tea?
The perfect bubble tea is the holy grail of bubble tea aficionados. Every bubble teashop offers a different version of the beverage and while each version is in itself good, bubble tea lovers still search for perfection. To make the perfect bubble tea drink at home starts with the right ingredients and the proper cooking or preparation techniques of the ingredients.
The best tapioca pearls
Tapioca pearls are the defining ingredients in a bubble tea drink. The quality of the tapioca pears or boba will make or unmake the bubble tea drink. Tapioca pearls or boba can be purchased from Asian grocery stores or from online suppliers. The tapioca pearls, sized like small marbles, are made from tapioca starch. Tapioca pearls come in different colors but they all have the same neutral flavor. The sweetness of the tapioca pearls come from the sugar syrup they are soaked on after cooking. The sugar syrup also acts as preservative to keep the tapioca pearls from spoiling as they are kept for several days in the refrigerator.
The secret to having the best tapioca pearls for your bubble tea drink is to keep them soft and chewy. It is a delicate balance in the cooking process as few minutes can spell the difference between too chewy or to soft and soggy tapioca pearls. The rule of thumb is cook tapioca pearls in 25 to 30 minutes then keep them in the hot water for another 25 to 30 minutes. Anybody who has cooked tapioca pearls will complain that the prescribed time is either too short or too much, depending on the kind of softness and chewiness they are looking for. Experimenting on the right amount of cooking time, in consideration with the amount of heat in the stove and the quality of the cooking pot, will result to the perfect amount of time for cooking tapioca pearls.
Tapioca pearls are at their best when used within a few hours after cooking. You will notice that bubble teashops cook their tapioca pearls on site instead of cooking them in bulk somewhere else and storing in the refrigerator. Tapioca pearls stored for a long period in the refrigerator lose their unique ‘chewy and soft’ characteristic.
The perfect brew
The strength of the tea flavor in a bubble tea drink is based on the drinker’s preference. Some may want their tea mild and others may want it extra strong. Brew your tea according to your preference. You can use either tea bags or tealeaves in preparing the tea component of the bubble tea drink.
Milk or cream
Bubble tea drink requires milk or cream. Again, it will depend on the preference of the drinker. One may use full-cream milk, low-percent milk, or non-fat milk. Non-dairy creamer may also be used.
The amount of sweetness of the bubble tea drink is a personal choice. The kind of sweetener will also depend on the preference of the drinker. One may use sugar syrup, sugar substitute such as Splenda or Stevia, honey, maple syrup, or any other kind of sweetener including condensed milk.
Fruit flavors add variety and distinction to the bubble tea drink. Fresh fruit juice or fruit concentrate may be added to spike the flavor of the bubble tea drink. The fruits may include tropical fruits such as mango, melon, lychees, passion fruit, and others or the more common table fruits such as strawberry, kiwi, honeydew melon, and plenty more.
The perfect drink
By experimenting on the ingredients and the techniques of preparation can easily create the perfect bubble tea drink that quenches the thirst and satisfy the craving for the popular drink that had gone a long way since its accidental invention in a teahouse in Taiwan many years ago.
Opening a bubble tea shop or bubble tea business, no matter how big or small, must follow federal, state, and city government requirements. No entrepreneur is allowed to start selling something in front of their house or on a street corner without first obtaining the necessary licenses and permits that are required for putting up a business. A bubble tea shop is classified as a business which offers food products, hence the requirements go beyond the normal licenses and permits for business operations. It requires a permit from the Health Department of the local government that has jurisdiction over the business.
The following are the common licenses or permits legally required for a bubble tea business:
- Business License – This is the main requirement for running a business. It is issued by either the state or by the city or local jurisdiction when the authority to issue is duly delegated to it by the state.
- Personnel permits or licenses – Find out what are the needed permits or licenses as required by both the state and the city.
- Tax Registration – If your bubble tea business is to be established in a state that has a state income tax, you need to apply for an employer identification number.
- Trade Name Registrations – Some small businesses are not required to register their business names. It will be a good idea to check with your state government if you can operate your business with an unregistered business name.
- Employer Registration – A business owner must register as an employer because he will be employing workers in his business
- Business Name and Logo – A business name is effective when there is ease of recall – when people keep on repeating it.
“Location, Location, location” applies not only to real estate business but to the bubble tea business as well. The success of the business depends largely on the location. The suggested location for a bubble tea shop includes the following:
- Shopping Malls
- Shopping Plazas
- Office or Industrial Complex
Financing the Business
Capital is the money that is used in financing any business. You need to identify first the amount of capital needed for your bubble tea business before you start looking for ways of raising the money. You will need a business plan which you will have to submit in order to persuade potential lenders and investors to provide you with the needed capital for your business. You will have to submit also a cash flow analysis to demonstrate the feasibility of your business proposal.
Equipment and Supplies
Before you start a milk tea business, you must make sure that you have the necessary equipment for operations to run smoothly. A bubble tea house will need the following:
- Tea Brewing Machine
- Stove or Table Burner
- Cooking Pot
- Tapioca Container
- Measuring Scoop
- Cup Sealing Machine
- Shaking Cups
- Water Dispenser
- Cash Register
The following supplies will be needed:
- Cups and Lids
- Dome Lids
- Oversized Straws
Recruitment and Training of Staff
While the bubble tea shop is considered as a very small business, great efforts should be exerted in hiring the right persons who will be running it. Getting the wrong person could translate into the failure of the bubble tea business.
The hiring process of bubble tea employees are as follows:
- Recruiting applicants that meet the shop’s requirements;
- Selecting the most qualified among the applicants; and
- Placing the selected applicants for a suitable position in the bubble tea business.
Training of New Employees
The new employees recruited to operate a bubble tea shop must be trained on all aspects of the operations. They must be oriented and trained to perform the following tasks:
- Brew tea
- Prepare the syrup and other ingredients
- Cook and prepare the tapioca pearls
- Operate the ice machine
- Operate the cash register
- Mix and prepare the drinks
- Use of the sealer machine
- Perform inventory of all the materials and supplies
- How to deal with customers
- Other duties and functions which the owner of the bubble tea business may deem needed and necessary.
When you decided on the location of your bubble tea business, you already knew your target market. The next step to do is to make your presence known in your target market. You have to make them know what products your bubble tea shop is offering them. And most importantly, you have to make your target market realize what makes your products different from other similar products. And when you do decide on a product line, be sure to purchase from our extensive list of products at wholesale prices!