Bubble tea powders are key to any bubble tea shop. They are the base that forms huge numbers of tasty teas served in boba shops all over the world. Containing both tea and flavouring (as well as creamer sometimes!) they drastically reduce the time to serve your customers and allow you to make easily repeatable bubble teas over and over again. Because of this, your customers will keep coming back. In this post we look at Taipec's UK supplies of bubble tea powders.

Bubble Tea Powders UK

The two main ingredients of bubble tea are teas and flavourings. The combination of the two key ingredients in powder form allows you to rapidly make large amounts of tasty bubble tea at a moment's notice. Whether you run a fast-paced boba shop, are an ambitious growing bubble tea business, or if you just want to experiment at home, bubble tea powders are the way to go.

The two types of powder

There are two major types of bubble tea powder: 2-in-1 and 3-in-1. While 2-in-1 powders contain tea and flavouring, 3-in-1 powders also contain creamer.

2-in-1 Powder

2-in-1 powders are the standard in the bubble tea business. Perfect for producing huge volumes of tasty sweet bubble tea, our selection of 2-1in-1 powders is a must for your boba business. We stock a range of powders on our online store and some of our favourite powder flavours include classic milky tea, matcha, and chocolate.

3-in-1 Powder

Looking for something more from your bubble tea powder? Adding creamer in to your 2-in-1 to make it 3-in-1 powder gives your bubble tea something a little extra. Creamer adds a thicker and sweeter aspect to your boba and is rapidly becoming a mainstay in the UK bubble tea business. Some of our favourite 3-in1 bobas include thai milk tea and classic milk tea.

If you're looking for a middle ground, we also offer creamer powder – so you can make your own 3-in1!

Interested in bubble tea?

Bubble tea is a brilliant business. We are passionate about sharing the best of Taiwan with the UK. And to do this we partner with thousands of UK bubble tea businesses all over the country. Interested in seeing what Taipec can do for you? Contact us today.

Bubble tea is wildly popular and boba shops are popping up all over the UK. Here, we take a look at three key pieces of bubble tea equipment.

Making bubble tea is like an art form, it is a true craft. And like any craft, you have to have the right tools for the job. This means that any growing bubble tea shop needs to think about its key pieces of equipment.

Key Pieces of Bubble Tea Equipment

1 – Cup Sealing Machine

The cup sealing machine is becoming more and more popular for one simple reason: deliveries.

The first is the rapid growth of delivery apps like Uber Eats and Deliveroo. Wherever you are there is probably a speedy delivery service that will transport a boba from door-to-door and for this the cups obviously need to be water-tight. There are no two ways about it, if you want to profit from the rise of delivery apps, you will need a cup sealing machine.

2 – Fructose Dispenser

A fructose dispenser is a relatively new option for bubble tea shops and is a relatively uncommon piece of bubble tea equipment. But as the UK market grows and boba shops look to gain a competitive edge, precision and efficiency will be key. This is where the fructose dispenser comes in. Allowing you to precisely tailor the level of sweetness in each drink, all while increasing efficiency and reducing waste, will be a great addition to any boba shop.

3 – Tea Dispenser

On the subject of speed, efficiency, and minimising waste: tea dispensers. Allowing you to brew and keep warm large volumes of tea for when you need it, this will allow you to serve customers high quality bobas rapidly and easily. For a boba shop of any size this is an essential piece of bubble tea equipment.

 

A fructose dispenser machine can seem like a big investment for a small or even medium sized boba shop. And you may be wondering whether purchasing one is right for your business. Like any investment, it should be carefully considered and in order to make that decision you need to understand what they do and how they can help you business.

In a previous post we looked at the basics of fructose dispensers and we have recently added a fructose dispensing machine to our online store, which you can see here.

Fructose Dispenser Machine

In the fast-paced and competitive world of bubble tea every improvement that can be made to your business should be carefully considered. There are a number of advantages to a fructose dispenser machine, including:

Customisable

The first advantage of a fructose dispensing machine is the level of customisability they afford. From tuning the level of sweetness to programming custom settings for your boba creations, the level of customisability in your menu will explode.

Efficient

In a busy boba shop efficiency is key. The speed at which you can serve your customers with exceptional boba, and even more exceptional service, will make your bubble tea shop highly efficient and even more profitable. Using a fructose dispenser machine to ensure every drink you produce is made efficiently and with little waste will be a game changer for your boba shop.

Quick

Speed and efficiency go hand in hand. Letting a programmable machine take the some of the burden of making hundreds of drinks a day will help you speed up your service. The faster your customers get their boba, the faster you make money. And, the faster you serve your customers, the more people you can share your boba creations with.

Specialisation

If you are thinking of opening a specialist boba shop then a fructose dispenser machine is an absolute must. By tackling complex bubble teas you will need to pay extra time and care to their creation. And letting a machine take some of this burden will help make your boba business a success.

Growth

We love to share our passion for bubble tea. And we partner with bubble tea businesses that share our passion. If you are planning to grow and expand your business then a fructose machine is an absolute must. Being able to serve more customers, faster and more efficiently, will be key to your growth. And with the relatively low cost of a fructose dispenser, you will soon see the returns on your investment.

Interested in growing you boba business?

Contact us today to find out how Taipec can help grow your bubble tea business. With a passion for bubble tea, we can take your boba business from good to great.

 

 

 

If you're a bubble tea fan then you have probably seen boba cups sealed with a thin film. These thin films are a great low-cost alternative to lids and offer some exciting branding and growth opportunities. Interested? Read on to find out how bubble tea sealing film can help your business.

Bubble Tea Sealing Film

We stock bubble tea sealing film as well as the cup sealing machine that goes with it. Although this may be a large investment for many bubble tea shops, the value that cup sealing machines can add to a growing business should not be understated.

In this post we will explore some of the benefits of cup sealing films and why they might be right for your business.

Bubble Tea Sealing Film – Right for your business?

There are three key benefits to using a cup sealing machine. But first, why might a cup sealing machine not be right for your business? If your shop sells fewer than 100 cups per day then you are probably not ready for this investment. The economies are similar to fructose machines in this sense.

Efficiency

Efficiency is key for any business. If you are looking to grow your boba business then automating the cup sealing process with a cup sealing machine will help provide a marginal gain in a critical part of the bubble tea making process. If you are making hundreds of cups of bubble tea per day then the time and cost saving cup sealing film may be the way to go.

Delivery

If you are looking to get in to the highly lucrative bubble tea delivery industry then a cup sealing machine is an absolute must. No matter how tasty your boba is, if the cup isn't sealed properly it won't survive the delivery journey. Bubble tea delivery is a huge business and with the predicted growth in the UK boba market, this is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of.

Branding

It's no secret that branding is key. And your boba brand is no different. Because of the importance of branding you should take advantage of every opportunity to put your logo in front of your customers. Customising cups and lids with your boba shop branding is a great opportunity to reinforce your brand with your customers, making sure they keep coming back! Contact us to find out more about cup sealing customisation.

Want to see what Taipec can do for you?

If you are interested in finding out what Taipec can do for you, contact us today. As the largest bubble tea supplier in the UK we have an unrivalled supply network, bringing you the best of Taiwan.

PP (short for polypropylene) cups are ubiquitous all over the world. From sporting events and takeaways to your very own boba shop, they are a mainstay in the food and beverage industry. At Taipec we believe that you should understand every aspect of your business, and to this end in this post we explore pp cups. What they are and why they are so widespread.

PP (Polypropylene) Cups

The basics

Polypropylene (pp) was invented in 1951 and by 1957 had become a global success. And even in 2022 it remains as one of the most commonly used materials in the world. Present in everything from cups and cosmetics to automotive and aerospace parts, polypropylene is a highly diverse material. As a very flexible material that can be melted down and recycled, as well as washed by hand or machine, it is the material of choice for plastic cups.

Advantages

As an established material with which consumers have nearly 7 decades of experience, pp cups are here to stay. They have a number of advantages that make them an attractive proposition as bubble tea cups.

  • environmentally friendly raw materials
  • easily recyclable
  • durable and safe

Because of these highly desirable properties Taipec offers a range of pp cups perfect for bulk purchases for bubble tea shops. Coming in both 500ml and 700ml variations, these see-through cups allow you to show off your boba creations. But if you really want to stand out, try customising your bubble tea cups with your boba shop's branding!

The future

The world is changing and it is no secret that the drive to make businesses more sustainable will be a key challenged in the future. This will apply to every business, including yours. We have previously explored the comparison between PP and PETG and in this post we will also look at paper cups.

Although paper cups may seem like a questionable choice, the drive for recyclability means that paper has to be considered. You may have seen the switch to paper straws (although check out our bamboo straws for a great alternative) but don't expect a similar switch to paper cups any time soon. The requirement for complete waterproofing and water tightness in cups means that paper alternatives require a plastic liner, often making the cups un-recyclable.

What does this mean for me?

You can rest assured that PP cups are here to stay. And as an environmentally conscious boba shop owner you may wish to go further and organise your own cup recycling program. Contact Taipec today to find out how we can help your boba shop grow.

 

 

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!

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.

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.

 

We are proud to announce our bamboo straw product launch!

At Taipec we are committed to bringing you the best products and produce in the world of bubble tea. In a previous post we talked about bamboo straws and why they are the future. And today we are happy to announce that we are now supplying these environmentally friendly straws to the UK market.

Bamboo Straws

There are a huge number of benefits to using bamboo straws over the plastic and metal alternatives. Not least of which is the new UK legislation that passed recently, effectively banning and definitely starting the complete phase out of plastic straws.

From being completely natural and reusable to being free from artificial chemicals, bamboo straws are a great way to help the environment. They don't get soggy like paper straws and don't leave a metallic taste in your mouth like aluminium straws. They are perfect for slurping on your favourite boba and for sucking up sweet boba pearls.

What's on offer?

As part of our commitment to making the world a better place through bubble tea, we have introduced four different options.

Unwrapped straws

Loose straws are the standard offering in any takeaway boba shop. And we hope to see boxes of these straws on offer at boba shops throughout the country very soon. We are delighted to bringing to the market two versions of the unwrapped straw:

  1. A standard option
  2. A charcoal black option

Both are 23cm long and 12mm wide, perfect for enjoying boba sustainably.

Wrapped Straws

We are also offering an individually wrapped version which is perfect for takeaway orders and a more refined look. With the rise of takeaways for boba tea these individually wrapped options will be a must for every ethical boba shop.

Also available in two colour options:

  1. Standard bamboo
  2. Charcoal grey bamboo

These fun, friendly, environmentally conscious straws are sure to be a hit with your customers. In fact, the hashtags #BambooStraw and #BambooStraws have over 100,000 posts on Instagram combined. Bamboo living is part of a growing global trend and these eco-friendly straws are your way to get in on the action!

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.

Bubble tea is instantly recognisable from the floating pearls bobbing around in the brightly coloured liquid. Tapioca pearls are synonymous with bubble tea but popping bobas are becoming more and more popular. But what is popping boba?

In a previous post we discussed the different types of pearls that are added to bubble tea. The pearls give boba a distinctive look and an even more distinctive taste and texture. Swilling around the brightly coloured tea these tiny balls of goodness are what makes boba, boba. The dark black boba pearls are practically synonymous with bubble tea, but as tastes and trends evolve the potential for new and inventive additions will always be imagined. So what is popping boba?

What is Popping Boba?

Unlike the traditional tapioca pearls that are made of tapioca starch, made from the cassava root, these tasty additions are made from a mixture of Sodium Alginate and either Calcium Chloride or Calcium Lactate. The process that forms the boba balls in to spheres is aptly named ‘spherification'. This process results in a thin jelly-like shell that encapsulates the flavour that rushes out when popped.

Unlike the chewy tapioca pearls, these popping pearls are generally smaller and pop when chewed. This is a great addition to any bubble tea and an absolute must for any bubble tea shop. Until now the tea and topping was the limit to the flavour. By adding popping boba a whole new dimension of flavour can be explored and bubble tea fans are going absolutely wild for it!

What Flavours Can You Get?

In short, anything you want! Fruity flavours are an absolute favourite and here at Taipec we offer a wide range of products. We also offer some more adventurous options including chocolate, coffee, and honey.

In the evolving world of bubble tea the taste opportunities that popping boba offers is a great opportunity and should not be missed. Pairing milky tea with fruit boba or adding another twist to fruity tea creates some unbelievable creations, what will you make?

 

 

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.

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.

 

Any business should strive for exceptional customer service, and this drive for quality leads to the hospitality sector coming up with novel ideas to satisfy the customers. offering customisation whenever possible, including bubble tea shops.

Who doesn't need a fructose dispenser?

If you are a small shop selling fewer than 100 cups per day and not expecting to cross this threshold within a month or so, you probably do not need the fructose dispenser. The capital investment required for the machine may simply not justify the volume of sales.

If you are selling over 200 cups per day, or more than 60 cups per hour during peak times, then yes you should get one.

Are you planning to open a specialist bubble tea shop?

If your shop's primary product is bubble tea then you certainly should consider getting a fructose machine. This is because the customers coming to your shop will likely be demanding a high level of customisation

Customisation of sweetness

One main reason to buy a fructose machine is to offer varying levels of sweetness for your drink, to make sure the customers get the flavour they want. While this may seem like a minor issue, it's one of the small differentiating factors that can make you stand out against any other bubble tea shop. Each one of these machines can be programmed with the desired amount of fructose relevant to your recipe. For example, if your original recipe calls for 30ml of fructose (using this as the standard for 100% sugar level), and the customer wants only 50% or 75% of the sweetness sugar level, the machine can be preset to dispense 15ml or 23ml of fructose.

Speed and consistency

During busy times you want service to be fast and smooth. Having a fructose dispenser significantly reduces the preparation time per cup, and you can be confident that the dispensed amount is precise to the exact milliliter for the most consistent and efficient results.

Alternatives to a fructose dispenser

On the other hand, if you are not ready to invest in a fructose dispensing machine, you can still make bubble tea without it. Fructose can be stored in a container and you can use a ladle to serve the amount of fructose required.