Tea drinks, much like baths and nightmares about drowning, are always better with a few bubbles in them. Experience the brightest side of froth with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of drinks at Bubble Tea Café.
The bubble baristas at Bubble Tea Café pour more than 40 fresh tea flavors over sweet, chewy tapioca pearls to create a menu of iced and frozen bubble-tea concoctions. A potpourri of flavors, including green tea, and extravagantly sweet notes, such as vanilla bean, cover myriad bobbing balls ($4.63) made from all-natural cassava root, which sippers suck through a wide straw like a vacuum cleaner laying waste to a prized marble collection. A lineup of eight signature bubble creations ($5.72) sates multilevel cravings with blends such as bananas foster and PB&J, the latter of which transforms the lunchbox mainstay into liquid form with hints of peanut butter and strawberry. Boba-free drinks include iced-tea fusions such as Carolina sweet tea or mango madness tea, each served flat or sparkling with a splash of soda. Organic loose-leaf hot teas, such as earl gray and lemon chiffon, pack an antioxidant punch, mineral surge, and charming British accent. The café also sates solid food cravings with a daily changing lineup of desserts ($2.95–$5.25).
Bubble Tea Cafe
The straws are wide by design at Bubble Tea Cafe, where the staff cooks chewy balls of tapioca daily to plunk into their customers' cups. These "bobas" add an interactive element to the Taiwanese beverages. Available in more than 40 flavors, including blueberry, avocado, spiced chai, and peanut butter, the frosty drinks comprise the bulk of the cafe's menu, but share space with hot and iced tea variants such as mojito mint-lime. Guests can even mix their bubble tea types to create creamy combinations—the Bananas Foster mixes banana and caramel, whereas the Boba Loca blends honeydew and almond—and pair their personalized sips with one of many rotating desserts.
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