The reign of plastic is over. As the world looks for alternatives, could bamboo be the answer?

In recent years the ubiquitous plastic straws that once came with every meal and takeaway have started to disappear. No longer is a discarded plastic straw a commonplace sight in city centres. But with no sign of demand for takeaway food decreasing it begs the question, what will replace them? The answer: Bamboo Straws.

The End of Plastic

The end of plastic's reign as the convenience material of choice for disposable food and drink containers and utensils is nearing and the world is looking towards new, more sustainable materials to replace it. After a recent change in the law, it is now generally illegal to offer plastic straws and the paper replacements have not been well received.

So that has left the industry wondering, what will next widely adopted straw be made from?

The Rise of Bamboo

One option that is growing rapidly in popularity is Bamboo. Bamboo straws are the trendy, sustainable alternative to plastic and paper that has all the benefits of the former without the drawbacks of the latter.

But why Bamboo?

1 – Bamboo Straws Are Environmentally Friendly

Bamboo really is a wonder material. It can be adapted for a vast array of uses (including building, clothing, and accessories) as well as having a strong relationship with food and cuisine. Bamboo has a number of environmental benefits, including:

  • Rapid and continuous growth means it can be harvested quickly.
  • Low water demand means it is not a resource intensive crop.
  • It grows in a wide and varied range of environments.
  • It rarely needs replanting
  • Bamboo plays an important role in soil stabilisation

2 – Bamboo Straws Are Travel Safe

There is a growing trend of individuals carrying their own reusable travel straws. These have been predominantly metal in the past but these straws tend to leave a metallic taste in the mouth. And they can be an issue to get through international security. No such issues with bamboo. As a natural material you get all the benefits of durability with none of the drawbacks of a metal straw.

3 – Bamboo Straws Are For Life

Bamboo straws are for life, literally! As a natural material with low environmental impacts and at the end of its life it can be recycled or composted. By using these straws you are promoting life on earth today and helping to ensure the survival of life on earth tomorrow.

Where To Get Your Bamboo Straws

Here at Taipec we are committed to bringing you the best of Taiwanese cuisine and we are experts at providing the highest quality service and ingredients. We now stock bamboo straws here.

The broad appeal of bubble tea has led to an explosion in its popularity in recent years. As a fun and inclusive drink it is important to know the dietary restrictions.

Whether setting up your own café or just having some friends round for dinner, it’s important to recognise dietary requirements. In previous posts we have explored whether bubble tea products are halal and vegan and now we ask, is bubble tea kosher?

What is Kosher?

Kosher’ describes any food or beverage that fulfils the regulations of Jewish dietary law. These laws determine the food that may be consumed and how it must be produced, processed, and prepared.

The guidelines strictly prohibit any meat product being paired with any dairy product in the same meal. This includes all utensils used to prepare the two food categories being kept separate. Only specific cuts of meat from specific animals are permitted for consumption and they must be prepared in a very particular manner.

Plant-based food is generally considered kosher, unless prepared using non-kosher equipment. Additional dietary restrictions apply during the Jewish holiday of Passover, including all leavened grain products being forbidden.

Is Bubble Tea Kosher?

The short answer is yes, but you should always check! Traditional pearls are made from tapioca (starch from the cassava root) and not gelatine or any other animal product. This permits the mixing of milk tea with the tapioca balls according to kosher guidelines.

This is good news for boba fans, you can rest easy knowing that you can share a kosher boba with your friends. As a bubble tea shop owner you should make sure to check with your supplier and know your menu.

The rules for what is and isn't kosher are simple and easily understood. If you run a boba shop we encourage you to understand the common dietary restrictions that your customers might have. Being able to point to appropriate menu options when asked will make your shop a welcoming and inclusive place.

Looking to start a boba shop?

So what does that mean for bubble tea retailers? For starters, the bubble tea market is set to continue to grow in the UK and the market is broad. As the stereotypical home of tea, it's hardly surprising that bubble tea has taken off in the UK.

If you're looking to start a bubble tea shop or incorporate bubble tea in to your menu then see our other blog posts. And if you're interested in the best of bubble tea supplies, check out our products.

We previously covered the top 5 #BobaTea Instagram hashtags to follow. Now find out how to get those social-media ready photos.

Did you even drink bubble tea if you didn’t tell all your friends about it? These tips are guaranteed to take your social media posts to the next level. Whether you prefer milky classics or fruity flavours, getting that perfect shot is just a click away. Read on to find out how to photograph your bubble tea.

Photograph Your Bubble Tea – Top 5 Tips

 

1 – Rule of odds

You have 2 options when shooting your bubble tea: focus on one drink or capture multiple drinks in the same shot. If you’re shooting a single drink, hold the camera close to the beverage and far away from the background, this will keep only your drink in focus and add depth to your shot.

To photograph your bubble tea, use the rule of odds. This states that an odd number of subjects (try 3 or 5 drinks) produces a more visually pleasing outcome. It will allow you to more easily highlight one of the drinks as your main subject and provide a resting point for the eyes.

2 – Backlight your subject

Lighting is the most important factor when planning a photo, and often the most difficult to get right. Placing the main light source directly behind and slightly above your drinks will really make them stand out and avoid those horrible reflections. The front of the drinks can also be illuminated with a reflector facing the light source to bounce the light back.

Placing your cup on a flat surface in natural sunlight, you can photograph your bubble tea from different angles to find that perfect shot.

3 – Try hard light

The reflections and shadows created by hard light on drinks can produce a very striking photo. The easiest approach for this is to use natural light, by shooting on a sunny day outside or near a window with direct sunlight. For artificial light, you can experiment with the positioning to achieve your desired effect. Remember that the further away the light is, the longer the shadows will be.

Contrasting a fruity, flavourful brightly coloured boba with hard light can create some truly striking images!

4 – Add a splash

If you want to create a really memorable photo, try dropping a tapioca ball or an ice cube into your bubble tea to make a splash. You will need to use a fast shutter speed to capture the dynamic motion and a continuous shooting mode will prevent you from missing the best shot. This might take a few goes and make a bit of mess but the results will be well worth it!

5 – Tag your favourite boba shop

And finally, tag your favourite boba tea shop. Bubble tea is a great way of bringing people together and has a large following on social media. This will connect you in to your local boba enthusiasts and open your eyes to the creations on offer.

 

 

 

Boba tea is now available right across the UK and Bubble Tea shops are opening at a rapid pace.

What's next for Bubble Tea in the UK?

As we have discussed in previous posts, bubble tea is taking the world by storm and no matter what name you know it by (milk tea, pearl tea, or boba), there is no doubt that it is here to stay. So here we will look at bubble tea in the UK, how the industry has grown, and how it is set to grow in the future.

The Last 5 Years – Bubble Tea in the UK

The UK was one of the last markets that pearl tea broke in to after becoming a hit in South-East Asia. After originating in Taiwan in the 1980s it exploded in popularity across the globe and once the trend took hold in the UK, it was an instant hit. 10 years ago a boba was almost unheard of in the UK. Yet nowadays you can spot a cup of bright colours and distinctive pearls when walking down any high street.

The statistics bear this out and the industry saw a 6.3% CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) in the UK over the last 5 years. This equates to a 35% total growth over the period which is an impressive display. Driven by the millennial demand for sweet and customisable dessert drinks and the interest in new and exciting cuisines, this trend looks set to continue into the future.

Looking to the Future

Whilst growth in the UK boba market has been strong over the last few years, as a stroll through any major UK city centre could tell you, the market looks set to get even stronger in the future. According to a market study, the UK bubble tea market is set to grow at 8.5% CAGR over the next 10 years. This represents a 50% growth in the size of the market over the next 5 years and a 225% growth over the next decade.

What does this mean? Other than the UK getting more and more of its favourite pearl tea-based drink, there is a great opportunity to get in on the action.

Want to Start Your Own Bubble Tea Shop?

The UK market is growing fast and at Taipec we are here to help you on your journey towards bubble tea shop ownership. In previous blog posts we explored:

Interested? Get in contact with us today.

The creative and colourful Boba tea creations flooding social media are great inspiration for your own creations.

Five more Bubble tea Instagram hashtags to follow.

1 – #Boba

Boba or Bubble Tea? There are infinite variations and combinations of bubble tea and despite the different names, boba and bubble tea mean the same thing. With nearly three million posts on Instagram this hashtag shows some of the most creative boba creations from around the world (and some decidedly less appealing images of Boba Fett!)

2 – #BobaTea

With over 1 million posts this is another must-have hashtag (with far fewer images of a certain star wars character…). Showing creative boba combinations from around the world these posts will give you some great ideas for your own Boba creations.

3 – #BobaLife

It is no secret that Boba tea has taken the world by storm and boba tea had gained almost cult status in some millennial populations. Following #BobaLife will give you the inside track on the latest developments in the world of boba tea.

4 – #BobaAddict

The cult status of bubble tea has led to the growth of the #BobaAddict hashtag with over 150 thousand posts on Instagram. We highly recommend following #BobaAddict.

5 – #BobaTime

Rounding out our list of five more bubble tea Instagram hashtags is #BobaTime which features nearly 250 thousand posts of some of the most salivating boba tea creations out there. If you are looking for inspiration you can look no further than this.

This completes our list of five more bubble tea Instagram hashtags to follow as a boba tea enthusiast or shop owner. For five more hashtags to follow see our previous post.

Walk in to any cafe in the UK and you can probably guess the items on the menu. From high-end London retreats to the family establishment greasy spoon, the cafe menu has remained unchanged for as long as we can remember.

The new player in the game: Bubble Tea.

Bubble tea (or Boba tea, Pearl tea… see our blog on bubble tea names here) is fast becoming the UK's favourite drink, particularly among millennials. In fact, the growth of bubble tea shops in the UK has been featured on the BBC and VICE and the growth of bubble tea shops in the UK shows no signs of slowing. So how can you capitalise on this growth in your own cafe or restaurant? Add a bubble tea menu.

Bubble Tea History

Bubble tea rose to prominence in the 1980s in Taiwan when a traditional tea was mixed with a tapioca pearl dessert. The combination of the milky tea and textured tapioca balls was irresistible and bubble tea was born. In the last 40 years bubble tea shops have popped up all over the world and the combinations and creativity of bubble tea enthusiasts was explored in a previous blog.

Bubble Tea Ingredients

For what has become a global hit, bubble tea is very simple. Combine tea, milk, tapioca, and imagination and you have yourself a bubble tea (or boba). The tea can be black, milk, or green, and with the invention of popping boba balls the flavour combinations are endless. And with this simplicity it is easy to add bubble tea to your menu – if you can make a cappuccino, you can make a bubble tea. To explore setting up a bubble tea shop, see our blog on the topic here.

What You'll Need

Setting up your cafe or other establishment to serve bubble tea is very simple. It will take up a small amount of space and require relatively little training for your staff. With the following equipment you will be set up and ready to serve bubble tea:

The Bubble Tea Market

While it may be tempting to dismiss bubble tea as a colourful fad, the facts are undeniable. In the UK alone there are nearly 300 bubble tea shops and many more independent restaurants serving bubble tea on their menu. From independent cafes to high-end chains bubble tea is growing in popularity and could be a great way of drawing new customers into your establishment.

Bubble tea offers endless opportunities for customisation and creativity that results in some truly wild creations. For a glimpse in to the world of bubble tea creations see our post on the Top 5 Bubble Tea Instagram Hashtags to follow. But with all this popularity comes an issue.

Are bubble tea cups recyclable?

The issue of recyclability is very much in vogue at the moment and conversations around the waste generated from fast food and takeaways is a big issue. Take a walk down any inner-city high street and the public bins are likely overflowing with McDonald's boxes and Starbucks cups. The issue of recyclability and waste is prescient for every industry and bubble tea is no different. So the recyclability of bubble tea cups is something we have to explore. Are bubble tea cups recyclable?

Standardisation

One advantage the bubble tea industry has is standardisation. Walk in to any bubble tea shop in the UK and you will find very similar cups. Standard sizes of 90mm diameter or 95mm diameter and in a standard volume of 500ml (regular) or 700ml (large) mean that what works for one should work for all.

Plastic Cups

The plastic cups and lids synonymous with bubble tea are generally made from Polypropylene (PP) which is recycled throughout the UK and can be recycled by most local councils from kerbside pickup (check with your local council to be sure). This common plastic is used throughout the service industry and the plastic straws and cup lids are generally made from the same plastic.

PETG (Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol) is an alternative plastic that some cups are made from. These cups are slightly more difficult to deal with when it comes to sealing lids. However, PETG is also recyclable.

Whether you are a customer or shop owner, knowing that your cups are recyclable is a must.

Tapioca pearls are the small beads of jelly goodness that instantly make Boba tea recognisable. Despite the variation in taste and style that the creativity of boba tea creations has bred, these small pearls are found in every boba on earth.

So what are these Tapioca pearls? What are they made from and how many types are there?

1 – Tapioca Pearls

Bobas‘ are made from Tapioca starch that is derived from the starch of the Cassava root. Tapioca is then mixed with hot water and the dough separated into small balls. The dough is dried and then boiled in hot water. The balls can be left as-is or flavoured at this point, usually with white sugar syrup (clear boba balls) or brown sugar (black boba balls).

Black boba balls are ubiquitous and are the little black balls of goodness that most people imagine when they think of bubble tea.

2 – Flavoured Tapioca Pearls

The traditional boba balls can be flavoured with just about anything you can imagine. From classic flavours such as honey and green tea to more adventurous flavours like mango and strawberry, flavoured tapioca balls are a great addition to your bubble tea.

3 – Popping Boba

Moving away from the traditional boba balls infused with flavour, we find popping boba. Whereas traditional boba balls are made from Tapioca, or Cassava starch, the popping boba balls are made from Sodium Alginate. Sodium Alginate is typically found in seaweed and algae and is formed into balls by the process of spherification.

Popping boba introduces a new twist to the traditional bubble tea and the ‘pop' is a burst of flavour. When you bite into these balls a burst of flavour rushes into your mouth. With the evolution of popping boba comes ever more inventive and wild flavours, such as passionfruit, pomegranate, and pineapple. The addition of these flavours means unlimited taste opportunities for you and your boba.

In recent years the debate surrounding plastic straw use has raged and as a staple of the bubble tea industry it's important for bubble tea shop owners to know the rules.

The proliferation of plastic straws through the fast food and delivery industry has raised the important topic of the levels of waste generated by the food and beverage industry. And as large diameter straws, to suck up the famous tapioca balls, are ubiquitous it is important for bubble tea shop owners to know the rules surrounding plastic straws.

In July 2021 the law changed in the UK to effectively ban the distribution of plastic straws. Paper and Bamboo straws (more on these in a future blog post!) have replaced plastic to a large extent, but what are the rules?

The Law on Plastic Straws in the UK

Establishments must not sell plastic straws as standard and must instead offer alternatives such as paper and bamboo. Although most paper straws have some kind of plastic inner lining these do still count as non-plastic. This does not mean that plastic straws are banned completely, there are exemptions that allow retailers to still offer plastic straws:

  • keep straws where customers cannot see them or help themselves to them.
  • only give straws to customers that request them.
  • not offer them to customers either verbally or in writing.

In practice this means that plastic straws can be kept behind the counter and given to customers who ask. But you should not be the one to offer plastic straws and paper or bamboo should be the standard.

The Future

Some retailers have clung to the plastic straws that we were used to. However, forward-looking establishments quickly made the switch to paper and many are looking towards Bamboo. Bamboo straws offer the rigidity and durability of plastic straws while having the eco-friendly recyclability credentials of paper.

Keep an eye on our product stock for future offerings here.

 

COVID-19 undoubtedly changed almost every aspect of our lives. All around the world people's lives were disrupted and nothing will be quite the same again. This extends from our work and social life to our diet and eating habits. And one of the tastes that many people picked up during the last two years is bubble tea.

Bubble tea shops were springing up all over the UK prior to the pandemic and were incredibly popular among the millennial generation – particularly university students and young office workers. But with the disruption caused in the last two years, what was the covid impact on bubble tea?

Bubble Tea – The History

Originating in Taiwan in the 1980s the combination of milky tea, fruity flavours, and chewy tapioca balls proved irresistible and the craze quickly grew. From humble origins in a cafe in Taiwan bubble tea (or ‘Boba') the combination of drink and dessert quickly grew through South East Asia and became a staple treat. Taipec has been supplying the UK market with Taiwanese cuisine for years and sharing the best of bubble tea is our passion.

Growth in the UK & Covid Impact on Bubble Tea

The UK was one of the last markets that bubble tea entered, but once we had a taste we were hooked. One of our previous blog posts explored the rise of bubble tea in the UK and with nearly 300 bubble tea shops and counting in the UK alone, bubble tea was on the rise. Prior to the last two years it is undoubtedly true that bubble tea was popular, but it was overwhelmingly consumed by international university students and young office workers… Two demographics that evaporated overnight in the early days of the pandemic.

So what would happen to the emerging bubble tea market with its primary customers gone? Well, as luck would have it the irresistible appeal of the colourful bubble tea proved enduring and bubble tea found a wider appeal. Today, the queues outside a bubble tea shop are a true cross-section of society.

Looking to the Future

As the world returned to a new normal and people returned to the office and classroom, the popularity of bubble tea was renewed. Now, stroll down the high street of any major city in the UK and you will likely see the bright colours of a bubble tea in a brightly coloured cup.

So what does that mean for bubble tea retailers? For starters, the bubble tea market is set to continue to grow in the UK and the market is broad. As the stereotypical home of tea, it's hardly surprising that bubble tea has taken off in the UK.

If you're looking to start a bubble tea shop or incorporate bubble tea in to your menu then see our other blogs. And if you're interested in the best of bubble tea supplies, check out our products.

Bubble tea is the tasty drink that stands out as being bright, colourful, and full of flavour. But the names thrown around when we talk about bubble tea can be confusing. Bubble Tea? Boba? Pearl Tea?

What are the differences and what does it all mean?

Bubble tea is the name given to the popular Taiwanese drink that has taken over the world in recent years. The basic ingredients are tea, milk, tapioca balls, and any syrup or topping that is desired. Around the world, this basic combination has given rise to an infinite number of crazy creations and you will usually find that in different areas these drinks will have different names. Some of the common names are:

  • Bubble Tea
  • Boba Tea
  • Pearl Tea

These names all in fact mean the same thing. There is no difference between boba and bubble tea but it is useful to know where these terms come from and what they mean.

History

Boba was invented in the 1980s in Taiwan when a traditional Tapioca dessert was added to a tea drink. The texture and taste of the tapioca balls complemented the sweet tea and a worldwide phenomena was born. Since growing through South East Asia and later the whole world various names have come to be associated with it.

Common Names

Pearl tea refers to the tapioca pearls synonymous with the tea that sit at the bottom of the drink and offer a tasty treat when sucked through the straw. So-called because the tapioca balls resemble pearls found in oysters, this is a relatively uncommon name but is useful to know!

Bubble tea is the most popular name in the UK and refers to the bubbles generated when the tea, milk, and pearls are mixed together to mix the flavour and create a recognisable colour pattern.

Boba tea is the third most popular term for the world's favourite Taiwanese drink. The term ‘Boba' is a catchy term that features in many shop names and is actually Mandarin slang referencing the spherical shape of the tapioca pearls.

Creamer is commonly added to bubble tea and can be proportioned according to the desired sweetness. Aside from standard creamer, there are a number of alternatives for lactose intolerant people and others seeking milk alternatives. See our blog on vegan bubble tea here.

While at first glance it appears as though non-dairy creamer and lactose-free creamer must be the same thing. After all, it is lactose that is commonly associated with dairy products and people who are lactose intolerant generally avoid dairy products. There is an important difference, however. And if you are a bubble tea fan or shop owner this is one you should now. Read on to find out the subtle difference: non-dairy vs lactose free.

Non-dairy vs lactose-free

The difference is slight but important. It is important to note that the definitions are not always abided by and you should always check the label to understand what is in your products. Non-dairy is generally accepted to mean less than 0.5% by weight dairy products and so there is a chance that ‘non-dairy' products will contain trace amounts of dairy in the form of sodium caseinates.

On the other hand, lactose-free products refer to products that have the lactase enzyme added. This alleviates the negative symptoms lactose intolerant people experience when they consume dairy products. So confusingly, lactose-free products can also be dairy.

Are Creamers Vegan?

Non-dairy creamer is often vegan, being made from plant substitutes rather than milk, but as non-dairy products sometimes contain milk traces you should check the label to be sure. Lactose-free creamer may be vegan but again, always check the ingredients!

As a consumer you should know the common ingredients of the products going into your bubble tea. Also, be sure to ask at unfamiliar shops to be sure. As a bubble tea shop owner you should be sure to stock a range of products to cater to a wide range of dietary choices. Adding these options to your menu is a great way to increase your customer base.

 

Walking down any high street in the UK you will likely pass someone drinking a fun, funky-looking drink. With bright colours, eye-catching toppings, and oversized straws Bubble Tea is the drink that has rapidly taken over the world.

Is it Vegan?

Whether or not your favourite treat is vegan can have a huge impact on your day. As an ethical consumer, it can be a veritable minefield to ensure you are maintaining your dietary choices. The good news is, it's easy to make sure your bubble tea is vegan. And if you run a bubble tea shop we highly recommend you promote a range of vegan options!

Bubble tea has three main ingredients to consider and we will discuss each here, and how to know your vegan options.

1 – Boba Pearls

The bubble tea (or ‘Boba') is instantly recognisable by its distinctive boba pearls that add a tasty twist to this fun drink. Although they look distinctly gelatinous, like many sweats made from non-vegan products, you can rest easy knowing that boba pearls are actually made from the tapioca starch of the cassava root. This means that boba pearls can generally be relied on to be vegan.

2 – Milk

As with most teas bubble tea contains milk. It is actually the milk that gives bubble tea its name. When the tea, milk, and Tapioca balls are shaken together to get that distinctive mix bubbles rise to the top. Obviously milk is non-vegan… But fear not! Not only are there a plethora of vegan milk alternatives on the market, but adding oat milk to your bubble tea actually makes for an interesting and tasty twist. Vegan milk alternatives are a must for all bubble tea shops!

3 – Creamer and Toppings

The variety of creamers and toppings that are available in any bubble tea shop are numerous and vegan options are available. We recommend that you check with your server to make sure your toppings are vegan. And if you run a bubble tea shop – make sure you keep your vegan options stocked! Almost 50% of UK citizens are considering reducing their animal product intake in the future.

So there you have it. Bubble tea is a great treat and a wildly popular drink that can easily be made using vegan ingredients. If you are looking to stock your shop, see our product range.

 

Bubble tea is fast becoming a wildly popular drink, but is it good for you?

The tea-based drink that has exploded in popularity in recent years since being invented in Taiwan in the 1980s, is made using tea (usually black or green) mixed with milk and tapioca balls. Bubble tea is a fun alternative to the standard cups of tea or coffee and a lighter alternative to milkshakes and desserts and here we look at 3 health benefits of bubble tea.

1 – Boosting the immune system

Green tea is a common base for bubble tea and is known to contain a high antioxidant content. Antioxidants help boost your immune system and choosing green tea is a great way of making a healthy bubble tea!

2 – Energy boost without the sugar crash

Reducing the sugar content and using green tea to provide natural caffeine will give you a healthy boost without relying on artificial sugars. While it is certainly possible to make a high-sugar bubble tea, low sugar options are a great alternative. If you run a bubble tea shop, low sugar options can be a great addition to your menu! And if you're a bubble tea fan, look out for these options in your favourite shop.

3 – Boosting your mood

Life is full of stresses. And if the last two years have taught us anything, it's that time with friends and outdoors is important! Catching up with friends over a bubble tea in a cafe or while breathing in the fresh air of the great outdoors is a great way to boost your mood. The link between mental and physical health is clear and indulging in a healthy bubble tea can be a great way to live a healthy balanced lifestyle.

These are 3 health benefits of bubble tea. Bubble tea is a fast growing takeaway drink and running a bubble tea shop can be a great business. See our other blog posts for more information on running a bubble tea shop and selecting the best ingredients.

As discussed in a previous post the location of a bubble tea shop is vital to the success of your venture.

The best locations for bubble tea shops will have high passing foot traffic and space for an attention-grabbing sign.

Bubble tea (or Boba tea) has grown to be one of the most popular takeaway drinks amongst the millennial generation and its bright colours and unique flavours have taken social media by storm. Bubble tea shops have been popping up all over the UK and here we discuss the important things to consider when choosing your location.

1 – Passing Traffic

Making sure you have a steady and reliable stream of passing customers will be vital to making your bubble tea shop a success. Your customers will likely be made up of two types: bubble tea enthusiasts and curious passing traffic. Making sure that you capture as much passing business as possible is key! The best locations for bubble tea shops to maximise passing traffic are:

  • Busy high streets.
  • In busy shopping centres.
  • Near universities with a large international student presence.
  • Near to public transport centres in large cities.
  • In densely packed office areas.

2 – Make Space for a Sign

Although it may be easy to overlook, the importance of branding should not be missed! The bright colours of bubble tea are a major attraction for first-time drinkers and the signage and branding of your bubble tea shop should reflect this. Making sure your shop has space for an eye-catching sign is key to attracting visitors. Visit the site and imagine how a bright, eye-catching, sign would stand out from surrounding shops and check local regulations to ensure this is allowed. Bubble tea shop signs should:

  • Be bright, colourful, and stand out.
  • Feature your logo and brand name clearly.
  • Make your bubble tea offering clear and differentiate you from others.
  • Be as large and eye-catching as possible
  • Be visible from far away along the street.

3 – Consistency is Key

You should consider how consistent your passing traffic will be and factor this in to your calculations. A shop in a busy city centre surrounded by offices may be busy at lunch time but may be quiet throughout the work day. Likewise a shop near a university may be far busier during exam season than the long university holidays when students move away. Understanding and knowing the area is key. You should aim to visit the area at multiple times of day and year to gauge passing traffic. You should also note that passing traffic can vary unpredictably, as many cafe owners found during the recent lockdowns.

The location of your bubble tea shop is perhaps the most important decision you will make. The best ingredients and staff training will not make up for a poor location, but you should remember that a good location is not a substitute for proper training and the best ingredients – both of which Taipec can help you with.

Bubble tea has taken the UK by storm and is synonymous with the millennial generation. The top 5 Instagram hashtags to follow to keep up to date with the latest trends in the world of bubble tea are…

1 – #BubbleTea

With nearly 3 million posts on Instagram with this hashtag, it is a must for any fan of bubble tea or owner of a bubble tea shop. A scroll through these posts showcases the variety of bubble teas on offer and the truly international nature of the bubble tea phenomenon. This is undoubtedly an Instagram hashtag to follow for any bubble tea fan.

2 – #BubbleTeaLover

Whether you’re an avid fan of bubble tea, a shop owner, or someone looking to get into the business in any way it is important to follow the trends. With over 250k posts on Instagram, this hashtag is a highlight reel of the inventive and tasty ways that bubble tea is taking over the world.

3 – #BubbleTeaShop

Whether you are already running a bubble tea shop or are looking to start this is an unmissable hashtag to follow. Featuring posts from all over the world and showcasing the best and most inventive bubble tea shops from Amsterdam to Singapore, this hashtag is a never-ending source of inspiration for you on your bubble tea journey.

Bubble Tea

4 – #BubbleTeaLovers

With a smaller following of just under 30k posts this hashtag shows the best and brightest (quite literally!) of home-made Boba from around the world. Although in the UK bubble tea shops are where most people get their fix, home-made drinks are growing in popularity and may be great inspiration for you and your shop.

5 – #BubbleTea In Your City

In the last 10 years bubble tea shops have popped up in cities all over the UK and many lie on the same street, some even opposite each other. To follow the trends and trials in your area follow the hashtags like #BubbleTeaInLondon and #BubbleTeaInManchester to see what people in your area are doing.

These are the top 5 bubble tea Instagram hashtags to follow to keep up to date with the creativity and trends in the world of bubble tea and make sure that you offer the best possible service. But knowing the trends is only the first step! Using a trusted supplier like Taipec and investing in training is the best way to run a high-quality and profitable bubble tea business.