According to the tea aficionados at Bubble Tea Supply, bubble tea (the popular milk, tea and tapioca pearl concoction now exploding across the U.S.) got its start in 1980s Taiwan as a favorite after school snack. The first tea peddlers set up their concession stands outside of elementary schools, and offered a fruity drink that needed to be shaken to distribute its flavor; this created the bubbles the tea was named for, and tapioca balls added to the beverage over time only reinforced its moniker. Also known as “boba” or “pearl” tea, bubble tea made its debut in Boise years ago on Asian restaurant menus, but the recent opening of Boise Boba, a boba-only tea shop on Ninth Street, took it to another level. Come celebrate—or just try—the wonder that is boba tea on First Thursday, Oct. 5 when Boise Boba will be giving out free samples, offering discounted drinks and debuting its new fall menu.
- Lex Nelson
- Boise Boba serves up boba tea in a variety of flavors, including the strawberry and matcha options shown here.