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How to Make Bubble Tea the Traditional Way January 10, 2018

How to Make Bubble Tea the Traditional Way, Honolulu, Hawaii

Bubble tea is a classic drink with Taiwanese origins. Some contain milk and boba, or tapioca pearls, while others are just straight tea with fruity flavors. There are two ways to make it — with powder and without. You can create the powder variety at home thanks to this step-by-step guide.

Create Traditional Bubble Tea With These 4 Steps

1. Gather Your Ingredients

Head to your local China town or Asian market to pick up some bubble tea powder and tapioca pearls. You’ll also need to choose a base, like green or black tea. Have ice, hot water, a shaker cup and a stirring spoon on hand to start.

2. Brew the Tea

bubble-tea-HIDouble the tea dose in the drink and follow the brewing instructions. This step prevents dilution once you add the ice. If you accidentally brew for too long you may end up with a bitter bubble tea.

3. Mix the Bubble Tea

Follow the directions on the bubble tea powder to ascertain how much you need to add to your shaker. Then, pour in the noted amount of hot tea and stir until the bubble tea powder dissipates. Next, add ice and fill the tumbler with more tea before shaking it. 

4. Enjoy

Pour the bubble tea over your boba pearls, grab a large-diameter straw, and drink up. You can easily make this tasty drink more personalized by adding different flavors with fresh fruit, using a wide variety of boba flavors, and changing up the type of tea. There’s a bubble tea for everyone!


You can make traditional bubble tea at home in a few easy steps. To try the other classic method made without powder, head to Teapresso Bar in Hawaii. Call the shop at (808) 591-1840 to learn about their many varieties of boba, fresh tea leaves, and frappes. Visit the website for information on their freshly brewed, made-to-order boba milk tea. Visit one of their locations in Honolulu, Wailea, Lahaina, or Kapolei to try their delicious traditional teas sweetened to your liking.

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