Do Bubble Teas Have Caffeine?

For many people, bubble tea has become a beloved drink for their daily caffeine fix or a sweet treat. However, while the colorful pearls and sweet milky or fruity flavors are appealing, some may wonder – do bubble teas have caffeine? As a regular bubble tea drinker myself, I was curious about this question. Through some research, I discovered that while bubble tea can be both caffeinated or decaffeinated, most standard varieties do contain a stimulating dose of caffeine from the tea base used. In this post, I will explore the caffeine content of common bubble tea flavors and bases, so you can know just how much – or how little – stimulating effect your next bubble tea may have.

The basics of bubble tea include

The basics of bubble tea include
  • A tea base: Black tea, green tea, oolong tea, jasmine tea, and even coffee are all common options. The tea provides the namesake flavor.
  • Tapioca pearls: These small, chewy tapioca balls are the “bubbles” in bubble tea. They add interesting texture.
  • Flavored syrups or powders: Bubble tea shops offer diverse fruit, cream, and dessert flavors to mix into the tea. Popular options include mango, lychee, taro, honeydew, coconut, vanilla, chocolate, and matcha.
  • Milk or non-dairy alternatives: To make the bubble tea creamy, milk, non-dairy creamer, or alternatives like soy milk, almond milk, or coconut milk are added.
  • Ice: Bubble tea is served chilled, sometimes completely blended into a frosty slush.
  • Other toppings: Puddings, fruit jellies, aloe vera chunks, sago pearls, grass jelly, red beans, coffee jellies, and popped boba can also be added. The options are endless!

With its countless flavor combinations and textures, it’s no wonder bubble tea has become a global phenomenon. In fact, its popularity now rivals that of coffee shops, sparking the great “bubble tea versus coffee” debate.

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