What Is Bubble Tea?
Bubble tea is a popular Asian beverage consists of a tea base, sweetener, milk, and add-ons such as tapioca pearls, pudding, grass jelly, and boba. There’s a difference between tapioca pearls and boba, however. The first (as its name implies) is the size of pearls, while the second is larger, usually the size of marbles.
Other add-ons include popping bobas, made from mixing flavored fruit juices with sodium alginate and calcium chloride. The fusion of all three results in the formation of spherical gel-like balls. Longan (a tropical fruit), tapioca noodles, taro balls, and black boba are also popular with many tea enthusiasts.
Bubble tea is known as pearl milk tea in Taiwan, its original birthplace. According to tea enthusiasts, the first bubble tea was created at the Chun Shui Tang teahouse in Xinyi District, Taipei. Its founder, Liu Hanjie, is said to have invented the drink.
The original bubble tea was rumored to have contained blended rice, milk, and black lemon tea. Today, the many Chun Shui Tang teahouses around Taiwan serve upwards of 60 incarnations of bubble tea, including the classic pearl milk tea (with or without honey red bean paste). The latter contains Assam black tea, milk, fat-free creamer, and chewy tapioca pearls.
Fans of Chun Shui Tang frequent the teahouse as much for its delicious bubble teas as its noodles, turnip cakes, and shumai dumplings.
What Kind Of Tea To Use In Bubble Tea?
Most bubble teas are made with either black tea, oolong tea, green tea or matcha. Black teas are by far the most popular tea used. Favorites include Ceylon, Assam, Earl Grey, or a black tea blend. If caffeine is a concern, try asking for a green or white tea. For those who prefer a creamier, full-bodied flavor, black or oolong tea is a better bet.
Prep Time and Ingredients In Bubble Tea
The standard prep and cook time is 10-15 minutes, especially if you’ve already prepared the tea. If you haven’t, the entire process may take an hour.
- Instant boba or black minute pearls from Boba Tea Direct
- Black, green, oolong, or white tea
- Milk, heavy cream, creamer, coconut milk, or vegan milk
- Sweeteners, such as sugar, syrup, agave nectar, or honey
- Ice (as needed)
Tips On Making And Serving Bubble Tea
Use Instant Boba For An Easier Process
At Boba Tea Direct, we recommend using our instant boba or black minute pearls. This is because traditional boba generally takes about an hour to prepare (30 minutes of cooking time and another 30 minutes of simmering). In addition, a cooling period is needed. Instant boba, on the other hand, takes only about 5-10 minutes to prepare and can be used almost immediately.
Always Make The Tea First
Remember that the tea should steep for at least 15-20 minutes. The tea should be strong because it is the base of the beverage. You can also tear the tea bags open to get a stronger brew.
Handle Your Boba With Care To Get Chewier Boba
Make sure the water is boiling before adding the pearls. You’ll also want to stir the pearls, as this prevents them from sticking to the bottom of the pot. After cooking, let the pearls sit for about 2 minutes or so to get chewier boba. Remember to drain the boba with a sieve and rinse them under very cold water. Once the boba is drained, steep them in syrup, which will further prevent them from sticking together.
Immerse Your Guests In The Experience By Serving Add-Ons On The Side
For a get-together, include extra cream, sugar, and add-ons on the side. Boba Tea Direct offers an assortment of popping bobas, bubble jellies, and bubble tea jams for this purpose. We also carry bubble tea syrups, such as cantaloupe, honeydew, lychee, mango, strawberry, and winter melon. So, basically, the sky’s the limit, where bubble tea is concerned. Have your guests create their own versions of bubble tea and remember to provide them with Boba Direct’s wide bubble straws for a sensational experience!
There is no denying that coffee is one of the more popular beverages in the world, if not the most popular. This is the reason why it is not surprising that Starbucks and other coffee shops are steadily increasing in profits year by year and why more and more coffee franchises are expanding their services in various parts of the globe.
Coffee is the go-to-drink of people who are always busy and continuously in need of a good perk-me-up. It is consumed mainly by corporate people and those who are always on edge trying to beat deadlines and completion dates. Unfortunately, drinking too much coffee is not good for the health. Apart from causing stomach acidity a lot of serious illness can be caused by excessively indulging in coffee every day. Coffee is known to stress the heart because of its caffeine content; it makes people jumpy and nervous, and even causes hyperacidity and acid reflux.
So instead of drinking coffee which has high caffeine content, it is better to switch to organic chai, a kind of tea that is equally flavorful and brings the same comfort and satisfaction as coffee minus the negative effects and wired nerves. Moreover, organic chai provides numerous incredible health benefits that can never be matched by a cup of coffee because it contains a variety of spices that are beneficial themselves.
Some of the outstanding benefits of organic chai as provided by its ingredients include the following:
- Promotes circulation and open breathing, awareness and vitality, and can reduce fatigue (Cinnamon)
- It keeps the lungs, kidneys, and heart healthy as well as good in improving one’s mood (Cardamom)
- Helps alleviate pain and has antiseptic properties. It also improves the medical benefits of other herbs (Clove)
- Helps in improving metabolism and blood circulation as well as provide relief to chronic coldness (Black Pepper)
- It aids in better digestion, eases sciatica and addresses kidney and lymph problems (Nutmeg)
- It alleviates cough and freshens breath (Chinese Star Anise)
- It stimulates the circulatory and immune systems and helps ease motion sickness (Ginger)
- It treats kidney and ocular problems and laryngitis as well (Fennel)
The abovementioned medical benefits of organic chai are enough to convince any coffee drinker to at least, slowly switch from coffee to organic chai. Taking care of one’s health should always be the priority; hence, organic chai should be chosen over coffee everytime.
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like waking up to the smell of coffee. I, in particular, am especially fond of drinking coffee in the morning that it has been a prerequisite in being functional the entire day. People have different preferences when it comes to their cup of joe – others like them strong and black, some like them with cream or milk, and others want them flavored. There are definitely more kinds to choose from but the ones that you like the most most likely end up in your kitchen for daily consumption.
I used to brew a pot of coffee everyday but sometimes the people inside the house are in a hurry and I end up the only one drinking it. I cannot finish a whole pot all by myself that is why when single-serve coffee machines and coffee k-cups became available, I quickly made a beeline for it. This is a very convenient alternative to coffee drinking at home because you only make a cup for yourself. The coffee k-cup works as a container for the coffee which is sealed and produced individually. Each cup holds a single serving of coffee grounds and a filter. This sealed coffee k-cup is then pierced when placed in the coffee machine and is added by water through a spout.
Finally, there’s no need for me to try to finish a pot! Plus I don’t throw out extra coffee down the sink, which is actually a total waste. It’s also very easy to use because you just pop in a coffee k-cup in the coffee machine slot and press a button. It literally takes seconds to make one cup of steaming hot coffee. There is no preparation time and cleanup is a breeze. Talk about value for money. It’s a good thing that these coffee k-cups preserve the coffee’s freshness without you having to exert much effort. There are several kinds to choose from and you can sample the different flavors without having to make a lot.
Drinking coffee at home continues to change over the years. For people who are always on the go, coffee k-cups are considered heaven sent. This innovation is also recommended for people who are living alone and do not have the need to brew lots of coffee. It also saves you a lot of time and effort especially during those days when you have to run but seriously need a cup of pick-me-upper to officially start your day.
I love picnics. Nothing compares to a trip by the countryside with people close to you and enjoying a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. I usually pack food that are easy to munch on and one of the things that should never be forgotten are disposable plates. It is a basic need especially for people who do not have the luxury of time to clean their plates after every use. Although it is considered essential to some, many people raise their eyebrows on how disposable plates are slowly harming the environment.
Much has been said about the use of disposable plastic cups and plates. We all know by now that it plays a major role in destroying our environment, what with the amount of disposable plates being used daily. And you cannot blame the people because it’s very easy and practical to use especially when you have a picnic with family or a potluck or spontaneous lunch get together with colleagues in the office pantry. You just buy a pack from the grocery and you’re good to go. Clean-up also becomes a non-issue and that’s exactly where the destruction of environment is evident.
It’s refreshing to know that once you type in biodegradable plates in your computer’s search engine, a lot of websites of local and imported manufacturers now offer biodegradable plates. It’s a very good alternative to your usual plastic or styrofoam disposable ones. There’s a lot to choose from the wide variety. There are some made from compostable sugar cane fiber. Others are made from unbleached wheatstraw fiber and there are some that are made of recycled paper. One should take note that not all biodegradable plates are made equal because some are especially made for dry food only. One of the most interesting kinds I have seen so far is the one made of food waste. This kind makes use of food scraps like carrot peels and peanut sheels but are recommended only for dry food.
With the options slowly becoming more varied, people are given the liberty to have more choices in terms of biodegrable tableware. Organizations and movements are coming up with campaigns on how to push this advocacy forward and it’s a great thing that something as simple as biodegrable plates can also contribute. Eco-friendly products are what people need to try for themselves and eventually patronize. Everyone can take part in saving the environment.
One of the most popular beverage in the world is chai, or simply known as tea. Every country has their own version, own flavor, specific way of preparation, and ways on how to enjoy it fully. Chai is almost synonymous with relaxation and calmness unlike coffee which is known more for waking people up. Chai is served on spas and in places wherein people have the luxury of time; where everybody can relax, sit down, enjoy solitude or talk with a companion, and savor a Chai flavor to their own liking.
There are numerous Chai flavors in the market today and the number is steadily increasing as manufacturers continue to develop more flavors to suit the discriminating tastes of different people. There is a Chai for every individual depending not only on the flavor-preference but even on needs and problems that needed to be addressed. There is a Chai to ease aches and pains and there is spiced Chai for energy and invigorating the senses, among others. This is the reason why a cup of tea has a steady following.
While a lot of people are using traditional tea bags or brewing tea to address their Chai-cravings, Chai K-cups are gaining popularity especially among corporate folks for several reasons. For one, Chai K-cup is able to cater to individual preference even within a large group of people. No need to prepare tea in a pot where people have no choice but to drink what’s prepared. With the Chai K-cup, there is a particular cup to suit one’s taste. Secondly, it is also less messy that instant products since it comes in a packaging that is designed for one serving. More importantly a lot of Chai drinkers are vouching that Chai K-cups taste a lot better than instant teas.
While Chai K-cups are gaining popularity, one should also not discount the ever reliable tea bag that a lot of people have been used to as it also has several similarities with the more sophisticated Chai K-cups such as both can be prepared in a small fraction of a time, so the waiting time to enjoy a good cup is down to a few minutes. Also, both were conceptualized and created to address the need of people-on-the-go, those who are looking for a good chai-fix any time of the day. In other words both are created to ensure convenience and satisfaction in a flash.
Whether in K-cups or in tea bags, one thing is certain, Chai is not going anywhere soon, as a matter of fact it will continue to soar and gain popularity not only because of its many benefits but because of its engaging flavors.
The attraction of people to sipping the perfect cup of coffee is second to none. In fact wholesale coffee has become big business because of this. Coffee beans may come in various types, flavors and degree of strength, but the truth is that a lot of businesses have achieved commercial accomplishments by offering wholesale coffee from different parts of the world.
Passionate coffee lovers may think finding the best coffee that suit their personal taste and preference may take a lot of effort. However, with the development of business methods applied by wholesale coffee sellers, the only thing that these people will have to do is to research and ask around. Today, the best coffee beans harvested in the plantations in Indonesia and Brazil can now be bought in roasted form from a number or wholesale coffeebean suppliers all over the country and even the world. In the same way these suppliers also have stocks of Ugandan and Colombian beans in their inventory.
Most of these wholesale coffee bean suppliers are big companies that source out their coffee from all over the planet. These companies buy beans in huge volumes. These companies have their very own storage facilities and stores where the sell on retail. Then there are some suppliers that are not as big but consider themselves as specialty coffee roasters. These smaller suppliers usually combine their efforts so they can provide every coffee lover the best options. Big or small, these companies have the same prices to pay based on the location where they get the beans. Brazilian beans usually cost the most.
But obviously, the main line of business of these companies is to sell coffee beans on wholesale to every possible customer out there. Normally, the wholesale supplies come in at least 50lb bags sold to coffee houses, huge supermarkets, restaurant chains, hotels and luxury liners. Most of these wholesalers look at those establishments that have a high demand for coffee products. Some of the requirements that wholesalers often require their customers to have are business documents and their tax numbers.
On the other hand, those smaller wholesalers can sell coffee in 5 lb. bags or less to single buyers. These single buyers are required to buy in bulk also but in smaller amounts. Buying in bulk allows customers to save some money. Couple this with a highly visible website store allows the buyer to get his orders at a lower price per unit.
Drinking tea is one of the simple ways to relax and relieve one of stresses and worries. A warm cup of tea is good in improving one’s mood and calming the senses. This is the reason why tea-drinking has always been depicted in literature and film as a leisurely activity, something that is done to initiate good conversation and better socialization.
While drinking tea in tea bags are the more common especially among on-the-go individuals, more and more people are already realizing the advantages of switching to loose leaf teas. For one, it is less expensive to purchase herb tea by the ounce rather than by the bags. Also, in terms of varieties tea bags are more limited considering that the drinker is constrained by what is only available in the market unlike loose leaf tea which is more diverse; thus, giving the drinker a chance to experiment on the flavors by blending (mixing and matching) different herbs together which cannot be done using tea bags. Loose teas are also more economical in the long run since they have a lot less packaging and since loose leaf tea has larger leaves, it follows that one can enjoy more its health benefits like antioxidants. Another good thing about loose leaf tea is that it produces a drink that has a better aroma and more intensified flavor because it is considerably fresher than bagged tea that have been stored in the warehouse and even kept longer on the shelves of grocery stores. Lastly, loose tea can serve as an interesting and unique present by simply placing them in a pretty bag with labels and instructions.
There are indeed numerous advantages that a regular tea drinker can derive from consuming loose tea leaf instead of bagged tea. For those who came to realize these things and already made the switch, the major challenge is determining the best equipment to ensure that one will get the finest loose tea experience and for this purpose loose tea K-cup is probably the better choice, if not the best considering that the K-Cup reusable filter is excellent in preparing single serving of loose tea. K-Cups also work efficiently and effectively in brewing loose tea leaves, thereby providing the maximum flavor and experience that cannot be done using other brewing methods. More importantly, using loose tea K-Cups, provide far great health benefits than other means from detoxifying and releasing of anti-aging properties, among others.
Polyethylene terephthalate or simply called PET is a type of plastic resin that is under the polyester kind. PET is a popular material for making soft drink bottles and other food containers because it is considered safe and food grade. The main identifications of PET lies in its’ toughness and clarity. Wholesale cups made out of PET are the most clear type of cups found anywhere. No other material used in manufacturing wholesale cups can match its’ clarity.
All of the cups made from Polyethylene teraphthalate can resist both heat and freezing. But the most important thing about it is that it does not crack or rip on accident. The toughness of PET makes it the most popular choice in manufacturing wholesale cups out on the market. PET cups are widely used to hold popular beverages like beer, soda, juice, shakes and a lot more.
Another characteristic of PET wholesale cups is that it has the ability to hold the products’ character. This means that the original flavor of the beverage and its ingredients put into it maintains its’ flavor while it is in the cup. The fact that PET does not have smell means that the aroma of the beverage is kept undisturbed. PET cups are highly safe compared to PVC and has therefore replaced it as the number one choice for food containers and wholesale cups.
Now comes the best part of PET, this plastic is totally recyclable. The polymer ingredient in it can be used for a different purpose. It has a ‘1’ resin code ID.
On the other hand, Polypropylene plastic resin does not have the clarity that Polyethylene teraphthalate offers. However it does hold its own against PET in being a tough type of plastic and that it can also resist heat as good as PET. Its advantages over PET wholesale cups are its ability to resist and hold oil and other harmful chemicals. With its toughness, it does not allow chemicals to spill since it does not melt easily. Upon looking at its outside appearance, PP wholesale cups appear as translucent or semi-transparent cups. However, if manufactured in thinner portions, the cups appear to be near transparent like that of PET cups.
However, PP cups are not totally recyclable unlike PET cups. It has been given a ‘5’ resin identification code.
Both of these plastic resins can be used to make single, double and triple walled wholesale paper cups.
Majority of people who are fond of drinking Chai tea may not be aware that apart from the brand, flavor, and ingredients of the tea, there is such a thing as Fair Trade Certified Chai Tea. While tea drinkers would no longer be bothered to know what this certification is about, it is still good to have a clear idea of what exactly are the products that one is consuming. Manufacturers always stand for something, it may be good or bad but they always have a leaning and it is important for people to be aware of such principles.
Here are 10 basic facts about the Fair Trade Chai:
- The Fair Trade Movement is a social movement that aims to secure fair pricing and sustainability not only for producers but also for worker in areas that are economically less advantaged.
- The ultimate objective of the Fair Trade Movement is to assist both producers and workers in reaching self-sufficiency from an earlier position of vulnerability. This would mean that they will become stakeholders in their own organizations, that they will have good and developed working conditions, and that they will be able to sustain the natural resources of their community.
- The attention of the Fair Trade Movement is geared specifically on exported products like coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar, flowers, and fruits, among others from developing countries.
- Being Fair Trade Certified Chai tea guarantees that the Chai tea can be purchased at fair and reasonable prices; that its manufacturer adheres to the various principles of ethical purchasing (banning child and slave labor, upholding of worker’s rights, as well as their basic human rights); and that it ensures the promotion of long-term business relationships between sellers and buyers not to mention greater transparency in the entire supply chain
- One can identify Fair Trade Certified Chai Teas by looking for the Fair Trade Certified symbol, more commonly found among products from USA and Canada.
- In Canada and USA, the one in charge of monitoring Fair Trade Certification is Transfair USA.
Needless to say patronizing Chai teas that are Fair Trade Certified means that the consumer supports good business practices and development of the industry, not only those that are already established but more importantly those that are still in the process of development. Manufacturers that desire to be at a higher level and those trying to not only work on being profitable but in helping other players in the supply business should be supported and encouraged by consumers.
Drinking and enjoying a good cup of coffee is probably one of the more natural things to do by any person across the globe. Coffee is one of the more in demand beverages anywhere in the world. It can be enjoyed hot and steaming or even cold and with lots of eyes. It has evolved into a variety of preparations to cater the discriminating and unique taste of every individual – be it latte, Americano, flat white, or cappuccino, there will always be a specific coffee for a particular person.
While a lot of people enjoy brewed coffee not all have the luxury of preparing and waiting for coffee beans to brew and sometimes there is no more time to take that trip to one’s favorite coffee place. In such cases mixing instant coffee used to be the only solution to get one’s coffee fix for the day; fortunately this is no longer the situation since the invention of coffee K-Cups. K-Cup is a unique brewing method that pump out single serve coffee at a time as it only have the capacity to hold one serving of coffee grounds. Once the K-Cup is placed in a brewer, hot water is then injected and out comes the coffee in a little over a minute. Here are some of the pros and cons of choosing coffee K-Cups:
- Coffee preparation is carried out in a flash since every K-Cup is already pre-measured to create that perfect blend of single serve coffee
- Clean-up is a breeze since one simply has to throw the used K-Cup after using
- There is practically no preparation time since there is no need to grind coffee beans, no need to measure coffee ratio versus sugar and cream, do taste test, and clean the mess
- One can never go wrong in terms of measurement since every K-Cup’s measurement is precise; no “trial and error” or “taste and adjust” needed
- While K-Cups generally taste good, it still does not equal to the taste of freshly brewed coffee since the former is still mass produced and slightly less fresh than the latter.
- Since preparation in K-Cups is already pre-set, one can no longer make adjustments like increasing steep time, etc.
- It costs higher than other single-served coffee
K-Cups are gaining in popularity and for a consumer to determine whether this coffee preparation method is up in his or her alley the abovementioned pros and cons would serve as an effective reference to finally make a suitable decision.