Starting a bubble tea shop is a massive step. Once you've got your business off the ground you'll be looking to grow. Here's 5 tips from building your boba shop from good to great.

There is so much to think about when starting and growing a business. From real estate and hiring staff to equipment and training, it can seem like a mountain to climb and there's a lot to get right. So when you finally reach a point of stability and business is good it can be tempting to sit back and relax. But in the competitive world of bubble tea you shouldn't be resting on your laurels. Now is the time to start building your boba shop from good to great.

Building A Boba Shop

1 – Reviews

You work so hard to perfect your bubble tea paradise for opening. Then you train your staff and have all the best equipment. Last of all you encourage your happy guests to leave a review. This is all great! But don't let it slip. Too many businesses make the mistake of ignoring reviews after they have been open for a while. And all it takes is one or two bad reviews left unresolved to hurt your well-deserved reputation.

2 – Engage

Like reviews, social media is one of the first things you'll be doing to grow your bubble tea shop. But, like monitoring reviews, keeping engaged on social media is a mistake too many boba shop owners make. Put together a schedule and make engaging on social media part of your routine. It is just as important to your business as your quality product.

3 – Preferences

You probably opened a bubble tea shop because you love boba. But don't fall in to the trap of offering the flavours and toppings that just you like! Monitor your sales and make sure you stay on top of your best selling items. Adjust your menu accordingly and don't be afraid of trying something new!

4 – Target

If everyone is your target market then nobody is your target market. It can be tempting to try to appeal to everyone, but this is a mistake. Identify your target market during your business planning phase and make sure you set up your boba shop in a way that facilitates this goal. If you are catering to the busy office worker then maybe you focus on takeaway. But if you're catering to the teenage and millennial crowd then maybe offering seating and space to meet is the way to go.

5 – Evaluate

What gets measured gets managed. By following points 1-4 you will know what you need to measure and managing these points will help you in building a boba shop from good to great.

Boba for newbies – everything you need to know if you're new to the world of bubble tea.

Bubble tea is wildly popular all over the world but has only recently exploded in popularity here in the UK. If you're new to the world of bubble tea then look no further than our introduction to boba for newbies.

Boba for Newbies

1 – What is boba?

Boba tea, or bubble tea (or any of its other names) is a Taiwanese sweet drink that emerged as a favourite in the Taipei tea houses of the 1980s, before growing in popularity to reach every corner of the world. Fundamentally, boba is a mixture of tea, sweetener, and fillings. The traditional filling for milk tea is tapioca pearls and the more adventurous fruity bobas use popping boba for an infusion of flavour.

2 – Milk or no milk?

The first decision you need to make as a boba newbie is whether you want milk, or no milk. If you are in the mood for a refreshing hit of fruity flavour then a popping boba might be for you. These generally come without milk whereas the more traditional bubble teas are milk based.

3 – Limit your toppings

It may be tempting to throw everything in to your bubble tea when presented with the wide range of options available. But as a boba newbie it's a good idea to start small and experiment, working out what you like and building your boba taste pallet from their.

4 – Boba is filling!

Bubble tea is filling! For your first time don't fall in to the trap of overstretching yourself. Take your time to enjoy a small boba first, and maybe even go back for a second.

5 – Share your boba online

Just tried bubble tea and looking for what to try next? Head over to Instagram and share your bubble tea adventures with the world.

 

Taipec are the largest bubble tea supplier in the UK and we have been proudly supplying the UK's burgeoning boba tea industry for nearly 15 years.

From humble beginnings in Taipei tea houses of the 1980s, bubble tea has grown to become a global hit. The UK was slow to catch on to the bubble tea trend but in recent years the popularity of bubble tea in the UK has been growing rapidly. In fact, boba is rapidly on its way to becoming a cult favourite in the UK. Taipec is proud to have been at the forefront of the meteoric rise of bubble tea in the UK. And as the UK's largest bubble tea supplier, we are dedicated to bringing the best of Taiwan to your boba shop.

The Largest Bubble Tea Supplier In The UK: Taipec

Taipec is more than just a boba supplier though. We offer the full range of products and services to help you achieve your boba dreams. This includes:

  • Great boba supplies
  • On-site training
  • Seasonal menu developmente label customisation
  • Business development consulting
  • Account management and customer service

Our Facilities

Taipec has the largest bubble tea warehouse in the UK and at 40,000sqft it is packed with everything you need to ensure the smooth running of your bubble tea shop. From consumables and equipment to a dedicated bubble tea training facility, Taipec offers an unrivalled level of service and will be your number 1 partner when building your boba business.

As the largest boba tea supplier in the UK by a wide margin you can rely on us for your every bubble tea need. Because of our scale, we offer unrivalled reliability of service, stability of supply and confidence in operations.

Our Service

Despite our scale, we still offer a highly personal service. Every customer is important to Taipec as we share a passion for bringing great bubble tea to the UK. From large chains and wholesalers to independent boba shops, everyone benefits from our exceptional levels of service.

Taipec’s dedicated purchasing team in Taiwan is always searching for the tastiest and most popular foods. We have a streamlined logistics operations to reduce unnecessary costs so we can pass those savings onto you while ensuring good stock availability for your business.

Interested In Making Taipec Your UK Bubble Tea Supplier?

Contact us today to discuss your needs and see how Taipec can take your boba business to the next level.

 

In the second instalment of our series interviewing boba tea fans, we leave the capital and head to a small town that has just opened its first boba shop.

Venturing our of London and far up north there is a little town that has just seen its first dedicated bubble tea shop open. The fact that far from the international metropolis of a major city centre there is a bubble tea shop springing up is testament to the popularity of bubble tea in the UK. We have come to see what the locals make of this new addition in part 2 of Interviewing Boba Tea Fans.

Interviewing Boba Tea Fans – Part 2

The growth of bubble tea in the UK has not been limited to London and the major cities. There are a number of smaller towns where the first bubble tea shops are springing up. So we decided to head out and see what the locals made of their new boba spot.

“Have you tried your first bubble tea?”

Surprisingly, most people we spoke to had taken the plunge and tried their first bubble tea. For those used to classic English breakfast tea the flavours and toppings available was mind blowing. We spoke to a number of people who had been back over and over again to try new and more imaginative combinations.

It was nice to see that there were lots of families trying boba tea together. Many kids urged their parents to be more adventurous in their choices, although there were some surprised responses to popping boba!

“What's been your favourite bubble tea?”

The debate as to what the best bubble tea flavour is was just as spirited here as in London. There was, however, a bit of a generational split. We found that the millennials loved the fruity flavours and their parents preferred a classic milk tea.

We did find some adventurous souls who had tried, and loved, other classics like taro tea and Thai tea. Overall we were mightily impressed with the willingness to try new things and we think the future of bubble tea in the UK is in safe hands.

“Will you be coming back again?”

“Absolutely!”. This was the most common answer we got. People couldn't get enough of their tasty boba treats. From gentle milky teas to the wonderful world of popping boba, the locals loved their new boba spot.

Want to bring boba to your town?

Taipec are a leading supplier of bubble tea equipment, supplies, and training. Contact us today to find out how we can help you build your boba dreams.

Boba tea in the UK is an absolute favourite and here at Taipec we are proud to be an expert supplier of Taiwanese food and drink, based here in the UK.

Bubble tea has exploded in the UK in recent years with a number of chain and independent shops opening. Maybe you already run a bubble tea shop and you're looking to grow, or maybe you're interested in getting in to the boba business. Either way, your boba supplies will have to second to none to allow your business to thrive. And this means you need the best bubble tea supplier in the business: Taipec.

Bubble Tea Supplies

From cups and straws to popping boba and creamer, your boba empire will need a wide range of supplies. Having the best supplier will maximise your chances of success and help you to grow sustainably over the long term.

A quick search of ‘bubble tea supplier' or ‘bubble tea supplier UK' shows hundreds of suppliers, so how do you decide how to go with? To start with, we have previously published a post on how to know your bubble tea supplier is reputable. Starting off with a reputable supplier lays a strong foundation for your business. But, to go above and beyond you need a supplier that goes above and beyond too.

Taipec – How we go above and beyond

Here at Taipec we are passionate about what we do. We love Taiwanese food and drink and love being able to share it with the world. We have been supplying the UK with the finest Taiwanese ingredients for over 10 years and are proudly UK based, with an extensive network in Taiwan selecting only the best products and ingredients to serve to the UK market.

1 – Supporting you every step of the way

Taipec is more than a supplier, we are a partner in everything you do and are here to support you every step of the way. From exploring your options and starting your business, to business development consulting; Taipec is your one stop shop.

2 – The largest supplier of bubble tea in the UK

With a 40,000sqft warehouse in Kent and thousands of loyal customers all over the UK. With all of this space you can rely on the UK's largest bubble tea supplier to have exactly what you need, when you need it.

3 – Whatever the size of your business, we have you covered

Taipec is proud to serve every aspect of the UK bubble tea market. From small-scale cafés, boba shops, and dessert parlours to large wholesalers and distributors, and everything in between, we offer the same high level of service and quality to every customer.

Want to get in touch?

As the UK's largest boba supplier why wouldn't you? For all of your bubble tea needs, contact Taipec today.

Taipec is the largest bubble tea supplier in the UK and we are passionate about sharing the best of Taiwan with the UK.

For nearly 15 years at Taipec we have been leveraging our four decades of experience in logistics and imports, combined with our Taiwanese heritage and passion for bubble tea. With the largest boba warehouse in the UK we supply thousands of customers in all corners of the UK who rely on us to bring their bubble tea dreams to life. Simply put, Taipec is the number 1 UK bubble tea supplier.

But we are not just a bubble tea supplier, Taipec is a partner in everything you do.

Taipec – Your Bubble Tea Supplier

When it comes to choosing a supplier for your boba needs there are many things you have to consider. Fundamentally, your supplier is your partner and you are relying on them for consistency, quality, and stability of supply. Here at Taipec we are experienced in supplying large chains, independent shops, and wholesalers and every customer receives the care and attention they deserve from our dedicated staff.

We offer a wide range of services that takes Taipec from good to great, including:

1 – Great boba supplies

This goes without saying. The extensive bubble tea supplies on our website are sourced by our dedicated team in Taiwan. Our team is constantly working to find the best of the tastiest supplies. Because of this, you can stay ahead of the latest taste trends, offering the best boba to your customers! And due to our experience and streamlined operations, we pass on our cost savings to you, helping your business grow.

2 – On-site training

Training for your staff is essential to the operations of your business. With the fast pace of a boba business requiring skill and composure, training you staff is one of the best investments you can make. Taipec offers a training service option with large orders to make sure your staff are the best they can be.

3 – Seasonal menu development

We have all seen the success of seasonal menus at high street chains such as Starbucks and McDonald's. The appeal of a seasonal menu is universal and Taipec is here to help ensure your customers keep coming back for more, over and over again. Your UK bubble tea supplier will be essential to the success of a seasonal menu and with Taipec's experience and network, we are the perfect partners for you.

4 – Private label customisation

How do you stand out from the crowd? How do you make sure your brand is instantly recognisable, in person or online? The easiest way to build your own brand is by customising your cups with your logo. Taipec supplies both cups and customisation options, helping you build your brand your way. And with the largest boba warehouse in the UK, you know we won't be running out any time soon when customers come flocking to your shop!

5 – Business development consulting

Looking for outside help but not sure where to turn to? Taipec's business development consulting assistance could be the difference in your quest for boba supremacy. With decades of experience in both entrepreneurship and bubble tea, Taipec is in an expert position to help your business grow.

From initial setup and strategy to growth and acquisitions, Taipec can assist the development of your business every step of the way.

6 – Account management and customer service

As your UK bubble tea supplier Taipec is passionate about quality. Both the quality of the products we supply to our customers, and the quality of the service they receive. That is why our customers receive the best account management and customer service in the business.

Interested In Making Taipec Your UK Bubble Tea Supplier?

Contact us today to discuss your needs and see how Taipec can take your boba business to the next level.

 

 

We hit the streets of a busy university town to find out why bubble tea fans love it so much.

When it comes to drinks with a passionate following nothing quite compares to bubble tea. All over the world there are fans flocking to their favourite boba shop everyday to try new and inventive flavours. We love the boba tea community so we hit the streets, Interviewing Bubble Tea Fans.

Part 1 – Interviewing Bubble Tea Fans in London

The capital was the obvious place to start when looking for boba fans in the UK. It was in London that the first bubble tea shops popped up and it is still the capital that boasts the largest number of bubble tea fans. London is a vibrant and diverse city and the boba on offer reflects the city. We spoke to dozens of bubble tea fans over a busy weekend and this is what they had to say.

“What do you love about bubble tea?”

When we asked this question to the hoards of bubble tea aficionados huddled outside boba shops all over London we got a range of answers. But the most common by far was the range of choice. From classic milky teas, lightly sweetened and with delightful tapioca pearls to chew on, to the infinite range of fruity bobas, complete with complementary or contrasting popping boba to add an extra twist, the range of options on a boba menu means you will always have an option, whatever mood you're in.

Another popular answer was “it reminds me of home”. As a diverse city boasting inhabitants from all over the world, London is home to many people for whom bubble tea was a childhood treat. Sipping a boba as a tasty treat was a way of connecting with home and reminiscing about times gone by for this international crowd.

“How does bubble tea bring you together?”

Faces lit up at this question and the answer was the same everywhere we went. The range of options available means that there is always something for everyone. And the low cost makes grabbing a bubble tea the perfect way to catch up with friends, try a tasty treat, and explore the city.

We love the fact that bubble tea brings people together and we love being part of that community. Serving so many boba shops that act as places to meet and connect is what makes us passionate about what we do.

“What is your favourite bubble tea flavour?”

This is the question with a million answers. Every bubble tea fan we asked had a different answer and there were some spirited debates! It was impossible to pick a winner but the top 3 most popular answers from our interviews were:

  1. Mango bubble tea with popping boba
  2. Matcha boba
  3. Chocolate boba

 

Boba is hugely popular all over the world and is growing in the UK every day. We love bringing the best of bubble tea to you so today we are going to show you how to make bubble tea.

How To Make Bubble Tea

Choose your tea

There are many teas on offer for you to choose from. And it all depends on what kind of flavour you want to go for. The classics are milk tea and black tea which pair well with most sweeteners and flavours. But for a more unique taste check out taro or red bean teas and broaden your boba horizons.

Bubble tea is prepared hot, then cooled with ice. Therefore brew your tea to the strength you like it (we recommend brewing our Assam Black Tea for 15 mins, then strain into one of our thermal dispensers) and move on to the pearls.

Tapioca pearls or popping boba?

This is a big decision when it comes to boba. The classic teas tend to have the original tapioca pearls in them. Sweet, chewy, and an absolutely unique flavour, these pearls are a favourite of boba fans all over the world.

To prepare tapioca pearls, simmer in a pan with 1:10 dry tapioca pearls to water ratio (e.g. if you use 200g dry tapioca pearls then use 2000g or 2000ml water). This should take around 20 minutes. After 20 mins then turn the heat off and leave the tapioca pearls to continue to soak in the hot water for another 25 mins. Strain, rinse in cold water until cool to touch and then add brown sugar syrup or hazelnut syrup.

If you fancy a sweeter, fruity tea then you might want to try popping boba. These jelly-like balls are the creation of molecular-gastronomy and are an absolute favourite for adding a burst of flavour to your drink.

To prepare your popping boba, simply add the pre-bought flavour of choice to your tea during preparation. Making popping boba at home is tricky! So be sure to do your research if you choose to take that route.

Milk, creamer, sweetener

Adding milk, creamer, or sweetener to your tea makes the drink truly your own. You can fine tune the sweetness and flavour to your heart's delight. And you can iterate on your creation to perfect your ideal boba. Most sweeteners can be mixed straight in and voilà, your perfect bubble tea is ready to go!

Polypropylene (PP) vs PETG Cups. What's the difference and why does it matter?

As an ethical consumer, which we should all try to be, it is important to know not just what goes in your food and drink, but what your food and drink goes in! You may be asking yourself questions like “what is a plastic boba cup made of?” and “is a bubble tea cup recyclable?”. We previously covered the changes to plastic straw law, bamboo straws and recyclable boba tea cups, now we take a look at the material in plastic cups.

Bubble tea is famously served in cute transparent cups to display their vibrant colours and textures. However, the details of the materials used to make these cups is not common knowledge. It is important to recognise the impact that materials have on the environment in order to make more informed choices, especially as a shop owner and bubble tea fan.

Polypropylene vs PETG Cups

Polypropylene

Thermoplastics such as Polypropylene (PP) are created by combining many propylene monomers. This means that the material softens as it’s heated, allowing it to be easily recycled. It’s widely used because it is readily available, inexpensive, and has good mechanical properties.

PETG

Polyethylene terephthalate glycol (PETG) is also a thermoplastic, created by combining two monomers with glycol. It has similar properties to PP but is generally the weaker of the two plastics.

Bubble Tea Cups

The plastic cups and lids that are synonymous with bubble tea are most often made with PP or PETG. You can feel safe with the knowledge that both materials are food-safe, transparent, and recyclable. Although much is made of the environmental damage done by rampant plastic use, when recycled correctly both PP and PETG can be considered an eco-balance material.

And as an added bonus, customise your plastic boba cups with your company logo and advertise not only your brand, but the fact these recyclable boba tea cups need not be thrown away after use!

Bubble tea is 2022's hottest drink, especially amongst the young. This may have you wondering, is bubble tea safe for kids?

For the uninitiated, bubble tea (or boba tea) is a Taiwanese tea-based drink that combines milky tea and chewy tapioca pearls for a unique taste experience, Bubble tea has also evolved to include popping boba and fruity teas that open up a whole new world of flavour. Bubble tea is wildly popular with the younger generation and has a massive fanbase on social media. This may be enough to get you wondering, is bubble tea safe for kids?

Is bubble tea safe for kids?

Like anything, bubble tea should be enjoyed in moderation. It is a tasty treat that should be enjoyed for its unique flavour combinations and taste experience. Too much of a good thing and all that!

That being said, when it comes to kids, you should be careful with bubble tea intake and make sure you are consuming boba responsibly.

Boba for teenagers

The Instagram-friendly nature of bubble tea paired with its wide range of fruity flavours has made it a clear favourite among the younger generation. Older kids and adolescents are able to make their own decisions about healthy eating and should be encouraged to do so as part of growing up. A cup of boba tea as part of a balanced diet and active lifestyle will do no long-term harm.

You may have come across internet horror stories about bubble tea. But, enjoying boba in moderation and as a tasty treat is absolutely fine for older kids!

Younger kids

When it comes to younger children it is up to the parents to decide what is and isn't ok. You should bear in mind that bubble tea servings are quite large (500ml or 700ml). Additionally, bubble teas can be high in sugars and caffeine which may not be good for kids in large quantities. When it comes to younger children it is best to moderate their intake of any sweet treats and this includes bubble tea.

Choking hazard

While less of a problem with popping boba, the choking hazard posed by tapioca pearls should not be ignored. These small pearls should be chewed before swallowing and if you are sharing a bubble tea with someone new to the drink or a young child you should be sure to remind them to chew before they swallow!

The world of bubble tea is endlessly creative. You name it and there is a boba for it! But the creamy foam bubble tea trend is one of the wackiest ideas we've come across.

Bubble tea is brilliant. Mixing simple ingredients to create endless flavours and a selection of toppings that could rival any dessert. Well now we can firmly say that creamy foam is one of those toppings. Let's look at the creamy foam bubble tea trend.

The Creamy Foam Bubble Tea Trend

We're not sure who had the brilliant idea to add a thick creamy foam to the top of a boba. But we absolutely love it! Although a little odd at first, you soon get used to the towering mass of cream and the range of flavours it complements makes it a great addition to any boba menu.

From the classic milk teas to more adventurous fruity teas, you are sure to find a bubble tea base to your liking that suits a creamy topping. We loved trying out chocolate boba with a creamy foam on top. The combination of sweet flavours with the rich undertones of both the boba and the cream were a unique boba experience. 10/10, we'll be trying it again!

But let's not forget that when it comes to bubble tea we aren't limited to the traditional tapioca pearls, popping bobas go great with a creamy foam topping and slurping up those last few boba with the remnants of creamy topping is a taste experience to savour.

Want to explore your boba imagination?

Start your bubble tea journey today with Taipec as your trusted partner. From training and equipment to boba supplies and more, we can help you with every step of the process. Contact us to find out more today.

Striking bubble tea is part of the Instagram appeal of the phenomenon and the bright colours make it instantly recognisable.

Boba is arguably the most striking looking drink on the market. The spherical tapioca pearls suspended in boldly coloured teas make for a head-turning look. With a wide range of available tea flavours and endless fruity flavourful combinations there's a boba for everyone! Here’s a list of some of our favourite colour combinations for a striking bubble tea!

Black & Bold

The signature look of black pearls in an ultra-bright coloured fruity tea has to be the first on our list. Think of a colour and, chances are, there’s a boba flavour for it! For example, our top three colours for a striking bubble tea:

Orange – With flavours such as mango, passionfruit, or of course orange a vibrant boba is just around the corner.
Green​ –  A natural look achieved by flavours such as avocado, kiwi, or apple.
Pink​ – Achieved by flavours such as strawberry, cherry, or watermelon.

Mix & Match

An even funkier look inspired by the slushy craze can be created by using flavoured or popping boba in a different flavoured tea. Once again, you can get almost any flavour and colour of boba you want, so the combinations are endless!

Contrast between the pearls and the liquid is what will make your boba really stand out. Using colours on opposite sides of the colour wheel is a way to guarantee this effect, green and red for instance!. The colour wheel was first proposed by Sir Isaac Newton (amongst his many endeavours!) and is an easy to use tool for designing striking colour combinations.

For a two-colour combination simply take two colours opposite each other on the colour wheel and for more colours, simply pick colours at an even spacing around the colour wheel. We have listed some of our favourite colour combinations below, see if you can recognise these patterns in every day brands:

  • Red and Green
  • Blue and Orange
  • Purple and Yellow

There are endless colour combinations for bubble tea and we love the creativity of the boba fans. Above all, the question is what will you create?

Of all the boba flavours popular around the world, Taro Bubble Tea is an enduring favourite. But what gives it its distinctive colour and taste?

When perusing the menu of your local bubble tea shop you will be greeted with a wall of flavour options. With endless combinations of bright colours and popping boba you may have missed a classic bubble tea favourite: Taro Boba. Its soft jasmine colouring contrasting sharply with the deep black chewy tapioca balls provides a visually appealing and intriguing bubble tea. Whether its taro pearl tea or taro boba, it's not to be missed!

What is Taro Bubble Tea?

What is Taro?

Taro pearl tea is incredibly popular in South-East Asia where the drink originated. Walking down any busy high street you will likely see these soft purple drinks contrasting with the brightly coloured fruity alternatives. But is Taro?

Taro is one of the oldest crops in the world and is a starchy staple root vegetable across much of South-East Asia. Because of this it is a traditional boba base and its distinctly soft purple colour comes from the natural white-purple colour of the root.

What does Taro Boba taste like?

Taro offers a unique taste experience for bubble tea fans with a sweet natural, vanilla taste. A hint of nut that provides a careful balance between sweet and savoury complements this sweet flavour. Adding to this the traditional tapioca balls and syrup to sweeten to your taste and you have a unique tasty treat that is a favourite amongst many boba fans.

Is it Lactose Free?

In a previous post we discussed lactose-free creamers. Whether boba is lactose-free is the first question on many people's lips. Whether through health restrictions or the shift to a plant-based diet lactose-free options are a great alternative.

While milk is often added to boba to complement the tea flavour; the addition of alternative milks such as oat milk is a great way of making sure that your boba remains lactose-free. In addition to this, the slightly nutty flavour of taro complements the occasionally nutty flavour of alternative milks. This makes taro pearl tea a perfect lactose-free boba.

 

How to make your bubble tea shop a place to meet, gather, and grow as a meeting place for the community.

In years gone by the coffee shop or the cafe was the place to meet. A place to gather, work, and relax. With the growth of bubble tea in the UK and Boba shops opening up and down the country this is slowly changing. Add to this the rise of remote working and there is a growing demand for Boba shops as a centre of social occasions. Here's how to make your bubble tea shop a boba meeting spot.

Making Your Boba Shop A Place To Meet

There are a number of advantages to pitching your boba shop as more than just a bubble tea takeaway.

1 – It draws in new customers

Making your Boba shop a destination will draw in new customers and larger groups of people, all of which is good for your business! In a competitive bubble tea market there are essentially two types of customers:

  • Existing bubble tea fans
  • People new to bubble tea

By making your boba shop a boba meeting spot you are more likely to attract both types of customer. Boba fans will see the additional benefit you shop offers and make the most of it. And people new to bubble tea will be more likely to try your place out as it has the additional benefits of a traditional cafe.

2 – Customers who stay longer spend more

This is a fact right across the restaurant and cafe industry. The longer you keep customers in your shop, the more they will spend. Obviously there are some caveats to this. At busy times there is an absolute benefit to serving customers quickly. For take-away customers or deliveries speed and efficiency is key. But at slower times and when you have the capacity, retaining customers for longer than usual is a great way to boost sales.

3 – Growing your brand

We have written extensively on the importance of growing your brand. And this should be central to how you make your boba shop a place to meet. The theme of your brand should be reflected in the environment you create and the community you seek to build.

There is a symbiotic benefit to this. When you create a boba meeting spot that reflects your brand, both grow stronger and are reinforced by each other.

Here we outline 8 more things you must get right in you bubble tea shop.

In a previous post we talked about the 8 most important things to get right in your bubble tea shop. From location and consistency to management and marketing there are a number of considerations to make. Milk tea, boba, pearl tea, or bubble tea, read on for 8 more things you must think about in your shop.

1 – Make your bubble tea shop a place to meet

As an inclusive and enjoyable drink for all, boba shops are a great place to meet friends. If you have the space inside or outside, make your shop the go-to place to meet and work. Not sure how to do this? Explore your local eating and drinking scene, what do the busy places have in common? Also be sure to talk to your potential customers, what do they want?

2 – Keep a wide selection

As a dedicated milk tea shop your customers will be looking to enjoy their old favourites and discover new and interesting flavours. having a wide selection (and knowing what to recommend) will be key to your success.

3 – Update your menu regularly (and seasonally)

Keeping options continually updated and offering seasonal variations to your menu will keep your customers coming back for more over and over again. You will also be able to experiment with new and exciting combinations and hone your craft. Starbucks is possibly the best example of seasonal drink offerings and the inherent variability of boba means the limit is only your own creativity.

4 – Maintain great customer service

Your shop will likely live or die by your customer service. Making sure that your customers have a great experience is an absolute imperative to go from strength to strength. Keeping your staff happy, motivated, and passionate will keep your customers coming back over and over again!

5 – Keep your bubble tea staff trained

On the topic of great customer service, making sure your staff are trained is key. This doesn't just go for when you are setting up your shop. Keeping standards high and ensuring your staff remain highly-trained will be important to making sure you keep your quality on the top of its game.

6 – Strong bubble tea shop branding

The Instagram-worthy nature of eye-catching bubble teas is one of the reasons for its almost viral success. Capitalise on this appealing aspect of your product and make sure your shop branding is equally eye-catching, bright, and memorable.

7 – Use social media

And on the topic of branding, use your strong brand to build a social media presence. Bubble tea is wildly popular on Instagram and across social media and building a presence for you and your shop on social media is a great way to stand out from the crowd and advertise in your local area.

8 – Have a great supplier

But most importantly, make sure you have a great supplier. From quality and consistency to training and equipment your supplier will be a great partner in your endeavour when running your bubble tea shop.

Here at Taipec we are passionate about bringing you the best of Taiwanese food and drink from across the globe. We are experienced and ensure only the highest quality products are stocked on our website.

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Here at Taipec we are passionate about sharing the tastes of Taiwan, so we sent a Bubble Tea first-timer to try to try it out. This is my first Bubble Tea!

Combining tea, milk, and tapioca pearls in its most simple form (and popping boba, syrup, and almost anything else you can imagine at its most inventive!) boba (or pearl tea, milk tea…) is the tasty Taiwanese treat that has achieved global fame. While the UK was slow to catch on to the trend; once bubble tea landed people were hooked.

Here at Taipec we are proud to supply Boba shops all over the UK. We thought we should share our passion with a friend. So we sent someone out who has never tried boba to taste test the whole spectrum of bobas on the menu.

Your First Bubble Tea

When you first walk into a Boba shop there seems to be an endless choice. What type of Tea? Milk, Black, Green? Tapioca balls or popping boba? Creamer or milk? Fruity or sweet? And what about toppings?

At first glance the tea could easily be mistaken for a dessert which, in a way, it is. Originally created when a traditional Taiwanese tapioca dessert was mixed with a milk tea, the rest as they say… is history.

When I had recovered from my initial surprise at the range of options available I perused the board. I will be the first to admit I have a bit of sweet tooth and so the fruity options stood out. I selected a watermelon fruity-based tea and then moved on to select the pearls. Deciding that I had already committed to a ‘non-traditional' tea I opted for the popping boba – pineapple flavour – and looked on as my selection came to life.

The First Taste

Within a minute or two I was presented with my brightly coloured boba, complete with its characteristically large straw. Having grown up drinking tea and coffee (both bland by comparison…) the pop of colour was a welcome change and it was hard to resist snapping a photo for Instagram.

Piercing the film with my straw I took a long swig and was hit with a burst of flavour. Genuinely fruity and not too sweet it was very pleasant. The first ‘pop' of the boba was a culinary experience I will not be forgetting soon! The combination of flavours was intriguing and worked well. As I strolled through the city centre I started to notice just how many people were sipping boba.

The Verdict

As a newcomer to the world of bubble tea I opted for a fruity, flavoursome tea and I was not disappointed. While I did not sample the more traditional options I will be doing so in the future. And I have to say, I'm converted. The mixture of flavours, combination of tastes, and endless customisability has opened up a whole new world to me. I can't wait to try more boba and I hope you join me on this journey.