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Bubble Tea Flavors: Best Five to Try This Summer!

Karina IkedoKarina Ikedo
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March 22, 2024
Bubble tea in two cups. There are many flavors.

Summer is a beautiful time of the year. The sun is shining, and you can sunbathe or swim; it’s vacation time! And there’s nothing better than a refreshing and satisfying bubble tea to combat the summer heat. Let’s take a closer look at these bubble tea flavors!

What is bubble tea?

Bubble tea, or boba tea, is a beloved drink in many countries. It is a delicious and refreshing drink that originated in Taiwan in the 1980s. Since then, it has become a global sensation and is now enjoyed by millions of people around the world. This unique drink combines the refreshing taste of tea with the fun and chewy texture of tapioca pearls. 

An assortment of bubble tea flavors.
The most common bubble tea flavors include fruit, herbal tea, and even sweet potatoes! Image via Shutterstock

It’s a delicious and satisfying drink in various flavors and textures. Making it a perfect choice for those looking to satisfy their taste buds. The drink is typically made with black tea, milk, and sugar and can be served hot or cold. The tea is brewed and combined with milk and sweeteners to create a rich and creamy base. Tapioca pearls, which are small, chewy balls made from cassava starch, are added to the drink.

One of the best things about bubble tea is the options available. You can choose the type of milk, the sweetness level, and even the size and texture of the tapioca pearls. Aside from these classic flavors, many Japanese bubble tea shops experiment with new and innovative flavor combinations. From matcha to taro, you’ll indeed find a flavor you love! 

A large metal bowl of tapioca or boba.
Tapioca pearls, or boba, are the main ingredient in bubble tea. Image via Shutterstock

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A matcha latte bubble tea flavor.
You can never go wrong with matcha! Image via Shutterstock

One of the most famous Japanese bubble tea flavors is matcha milk tea. Matcha, the vibrant and earthy Japanese green tea, offers a unique and refreshing flavor that tea lovers adore. Made with high-quality Japanese green tea powder, this rich and creamy beverage is a favorite among tea lovers. It has a slightly bitter undertone balanced by a hint of sweetness. 


Genmaicha is another popular flavor that combines the nutty and earthy flavors of genmaicha with the chewy tapioca balls. Compared to other types of green tea, genmaicha tastes less bitter because it’s half tea leaves and roasted brown rice. 

A cup of genmaicha bubble tea. It's a very popular flavor.
Genmaicha is roasted brown rice tea. Image via Nio Teas

It’s rich and smooth with a subtle aroma of roasted rice. Thanks to the sugar from the rice, genmaicha is known for its warm flavor and sweetness. It’s a delicious beverage that is refreshing and full of umami!

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Taro milk tea is the perfect sweet, nutty, and creamy drink that is a hit among bubble tea lovers! Made with taro, a naturally-sweet starchy root vegetable with nutty, earthy notes and vanilla undertones. 

Taro bubble milk tea. It's a purple, and a popular bubble tea flavor.
Taro has a very earthy flavor. Image via Shutterstock

Its stunning purple color makes the drink an instant Instagram-worthy moment, and many people love its balanced flavor. Enjoy this delight with chewy tapioca pearls, brown sugar boba, or other toppings.

Brown Sugar

Brown sugar boba tea.
Okinawan brown sugar is one of the most popular flavors. Image via Shutterstock

Brown sugar’s popularity has increased over the last couple of years. This flavor of bubble tea is a sweeter twist on black milk tea. Generally, people serve it with chewy tapioca pearls or popping black sugar boba. Not to mention, it’s popular with customers looking for a sweet treat. Overall, the taste is rich and smooth, with a sweetness that perfectly matches the black tea base.

Hokkaido Milk Tea

In Hokkaido, a popular variation of bubble tea is made with fresh cream and Hokkaido milk. This creates a rich, creamy taste that will satisfy any sweet tooth. This Japanese version of royal milk tea has rich, sweet flavors and earthy and nutty tones. Tapioca pearls are the perfect addition to this light, refreshing drink. 

Why are these bubble tea flavors so delicious?

Japan’s bubble tea scene is incredibly vibrant and exciting, with many flavors, preparation styles, and cultural significance. Whether you’re a seasoned bubble tea enthusiast or a curious newbie, Japan’s bubble tea experience has something for everyone. 

Get ready to indulge in the bursting flavors of bubble tea as we approach the warmer months. It’s the perfect chilled beverage to combat the summer heat! Have you tried these bubble tea flavors before? Do you have a favorite one? Let us know in the comments below!

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