I gave up coffee a few months ago and can happily report back that I have resumed sleeping and reclaimed my teapot.
However, judging by the raised eyebrows I’ve received when I’ve told people, it seems that giving up coffee seems is more socially unacceptable than heading to a party and declining alcohol. Well, if you keep doing the same thing, you never try anything new do you? So I’m going to stick with it, and funnily enough, by giving up my double espresso I’ve discovered the quirky joys of bubble tea.
Last week, a new kind of tea house in Notting Hill, Bubbleology let me experience their delivery service which is really handy, especially when a courier turns up on your doorstep with a bag full of goodies like these below. They make a great talking point if you have people round during the day and don’t want to hit the gin too early and they’d be a fab addition to a brainstorming session when the ideas dry up.
As you can see the packaging is well branded and generous, but it’s what’s inside that counts. The large tea cups come with really big straws. We were collectively surprised when we began trying out the teas because once you start drinking, the balls of gel shoot up the straws and into your mouth. It’s quite an experience and really is like no other tea I’ve tried.
I will definitely be trying these again. My favourite was the Coconut Pearl Tea, followed closely by the Taro Pearl Tea which is the colour of cement and has a wonderfully fragrant aroma. I wonder when they’ll start making Bubbelology Perfume?
I don’t usually like iced tea, but this bubble tea is something really different, it’s very novel obviously but it tastes good and weirdly, it was even quite filling!
There are 7 Milk teas and 6 Fruit Teas, which you can try hot or cold and you can also be a Mixologist and try your own flavour combinations if you are adventurous enough. They cost £3.45 for a regular size and £3.75 for large. The delivery service covers most of Kensington & Chelsea, have a look at the map.
The Milk Drinks
A flavoured fruit drink with an almost milk-shake texture, with a shot of green, white or black tea
- Plain Pearl Tea – Assam
- Plain Pearl Tea – Jasmin
- Taro Pearl Tea
- Coconut Pearl Tea
- Almond Pearl Tea
- Vanilla Pearl Tea
- Cocoa Pearl Tea
- Match Pearl Tea
- Mocha Pearl Tea
- Papaya Pearl Tea
The Fruit Teas
Pure Green, White and Black Tea infused with fruit flavourings
- Mango Green tea
- Passionfruit Green Tea
- Strawberry Green Tea
- Apple Green Tea
- Ginger Red Tea
- Kumquat Red Tea
- White Peach Green Tea
More about Bubble Tea from the Bubbleology web site…
Bubble Tea is the name given to the wide variety of refreshing flavoured fruit teas and milk teas served ice cold or piping hot with chewy natural tapioca balls that you suck up through a big fat straw! Yum – It’s like a quirky snack and drink in one! The tapioca balls are sometimes referred to as ‘Pearls’ or ‘Boba’, which some people say over time has evolved in to the word ‘Bubble’ – isn’t it interesting how language can do that? However the true origins of the name come from the small floating bubbles that are created by the vigorous shaking involved in making Bubble tea. We have a specialist shaking machine that times this process to perfection!
The origins of bubble tea are found in Taiwan, where the drink was invented in the early 1980′s. Just as we in the UK were being confounded by Rubiks Cubes and recording new romantic mix-tapes for our friends, our counterparts in Taiwan were busy chewing and slurping the new craze that was already starting to take the country and the rest of the world by storm. The next step in tea-volution had begun!
This new phenomenon spread rapidly to other Asian countries before sneaking through the back door of the China Towns all over North American and Australia.
Since the early days of it’s inception, this delicious art has become a science with the kind of strict rules of preparation only usually found in university biology departments or in the ways of the samurai! After back-breaking research and mouth-watering analysis we at Bubbleology are very proud to present to you true, authentic Taiwanese Bubble Tea… in London!
With a ‘base’ of green tea, black/red tea or white tea (all rich with antioxidants), our fruit teas are infused with natural fruit flavourings, as are our milk teas which some people describe as a nudge along the evolutionary scale towards a milkshake. To discover what they mean, you’ll just have to try it for yourself.
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