As a student, Thi Luu had a tumbler-a-day habit for bubble tea, going out to buy the Taiwanese drink nearly daily. When you factor in size upgrades, all the different toppings, and even the time you spend waiting in line, it all adds up.
When last year’s lockdown caused her nearest boba shop to close, Luu resorted to making tea herself. Now she’s sharing the recipes she developed and ingredients she used through Boba Barista, a new Australian business delivering bubble tea kits to your home.
“If you can make a cup of coffee or a packet of ramen, you’ll definitely be able to make bubble tea,” she tells Broadsheet.
It starts with putting your ingredients into a shaker or tumbler with hot water. The second step is to add ice and shake. Finally, you add toppings and the drink is ready.
“It’s just really fun to make at home,” Luu says. “It’s something that you can share with your friends and family, kind of like when people come over and you offer them tea or coffee, but with bubble tea at home instead.”
Boba Barista specialises in DIY bubble tea kits that have all the ingredients you need to make the drinks. Fruit teas come with tea bags, fruit syrups and fructose, while the milk tea ingredients depend on the flavour: either tea bags or powders, plus non-dairy creamer and fructose. They start at $19.95 for eight serves and go up to $54.95 for 33 serves – around $1.70 a serve.
There are 19 flavours available in the kits, with creamy flavours such…