Frothy tea with tapioca (also known as bubble tea), which is hipper than chai tea lattes.
WHY THE PAR-TEA?
An import from Taiwan, bubble tea is making its way Stateside via Chinese-American communities in New York City, Seattle, and San Francisco.
NOT YOUR NANA’S CUPPA:
Bubble tea, which is served cold, is a combo of tea (in flavors like taro and peanut), evaporated milk, sugar, and giant black tapioca balls that look like coffee beans but taste like Gummi Bears. ”It’s like chewing gum and drinking a milk shake at the same time,” says one New York fan.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR LATTES?
Priced at under $4 for a large drink, ”it’s better than Starbucks because you get more bang for your buck,” says another New Yorker. ”You get the jolt of caffeine but it’s cheaper.” Sounds like tea time to us.