Milk tea, also know as boba or bubble tea, originated in Taiwan in the 1980’s by the owners of Chin Shui Tang tea house in Taichung. The founder, Liu Han-Chieh, first came up with the idea of serving iced classic Chinese tea in the early 1980’s after visiting Japan where he had tried coffee served cold. One day in 1988, his product development manager, Lin Hsiu Hui, was bored sitting in a staff meeting and decided to put the tapioca balls from her Taiwanese dessert fen yuan, a sweet tapioca pudding, into her Assam black iced tea to instant success!
Now boba tea shops can be found on every and all streets in Taiwan and the drink has spread rapidly to other countries as well.
So whether you’ve come from near or from far, come see what all the fuss is about at Around the World Cafe, at 5110 Park Rd, Charlotte! See you soon!
Want to learn even more about this drink? Click here to ready more about the story of the Chin Shui Tang tea house!