Taiwan’s most popular drink has made its way across the world over the last few years, sparking a huge bubble tea craze in major cities such as Toronto, London and New York, and this year its finally made its way to Cork.
But what exactly is bubble tea, and why are have so many people become obsessed?
Bubble tea originated in Taiwan in the 1980’s, and is crafted by blending milk with fruit juices, flavoured syrup, and chewy tapioca balls. It can be served hot, or cold, and is always served with a straw so that the pearls can be sucked up and chewed as you drink.
Sounds fairly wild! But why do people love it so much? Well, because it’s downright delicious, and once you chew those sweet tapioca balls for the first time, you’ll be obsessed!
SO! Where can you get your hands on some? We’ve got the low-down on the best Bubble Tea vendors in Cork:
Plus and Minus
Plus and Minus is the newest member of the Bubble Tea family in Cork, opening its doors in July. Started by a group of entrepreneurs from UCC, this stylish new cafe has already become hugely popular with the people of Cork.
Our Cravourite: Galaxy Latte
Location: 16B French Church Street
Also opened in July is Nana’s Tea. Following the success of their first store in Bray, they decided to brand out with a second cafe Leeside, and we can see why! Nana’s Tea also serves up some delicious bubble waffles and ice cream if you’re still feeling peckish.
Our Cravourite: Brown sugar milk tea
Location: 22 Paul Street
ALSO new to the market is Sensei Cafe. This Filipino-owned cafe opened just a few weeks back in August, and serves up delicious sushi, crepe cakes, soma coffee and bubble tea. Fun fact: the Christmas season is celebrated from September – January in the Philippines, so it’s currently decked out in Christmas decor (we love to see it!)
Our Craveourite: Cheesecake boba tea
Location: 1 Mardyke Street