Boba tea, or the more informal Bubble Tea, for the uncultured, is one of life's few remaining pleasures in a COVID infused world. Whether fruity or milky, coffee based or taro traced, it's a delectable beverage providing both refreshment and snack in one.
But in the horizon... there looms gloom. The Boba Crisis. Due to extreme popular demand, it has been publically announced in the States that there is a genuine shortage of tapioca pearls- which are the "bubbles" within the tea that burst and pop with flavour as you sip from those gargantuan straws.
Tapioca is a starch extracted from cassava root, a tuber native to South America, would you believe. And whilst the humble cassava root is relatively easy to grow and a dietary staple in several countries... mankinds typical excessive demand for "what's currently hot to have" is yet again taking its toll.
On TikTok alone, there boasts a hashtag with 2.9 billion followers JUST for #boba - we are obsessed.
Because the supplies of tapioca pearls, popping bobas, flavoured powders and syrups - that all go into making bubble tea the addictive elixir we know it as - are all imported almost exclusively from Asia, the boba business is especially vulnerable to shipping delays. In fact, 99% of all Boba related ingredients come from Taiwan. Yowza.
In the video, posted to Instagram last week, the owners of the US drinks company Boba Co. have said that the delays are likely to affect supplies for at least a few months. Shipping ingredients internationally - a usually month-long process that includes crossing the Pacific, clearing customs and leaving the docks - is now taking around four to five months instead. “This is an industry-wide shortage,” they explained, “Some boba shops are already out. Others will run out in the next few weeks.”
The most important thing is that everyone keeps their cool in this admittedly very trying time. If you see run out of boba, don’t get mad. It’s not their fault!... if you wanna be real about it, it's our own fault.
We’ll get through this guys, maybe let’s collectively switch back to Dalgona fluffy cloud coffees, and moon milks until this horror story is over!
With the sad news outta the way... LAITMYLK continues by bringing you our Bucci's favourite Boba tea orders from the one and only MOOBOO.
MOOBOO is a London based boba store which is just mmm yum scrum dum-a-lum-rum-pum-pump me up with boba delicious. With a huge variety of flavours to choose from, both milk based or fruit infusion tea based, there is no way on earth you won't find at least ONE flavour you are totally hooked on! Located currently in Wimbledon, Clapham Junction, Putney, Kingston, Camden and MORE (find your nearest store here) , you are probably only a hopscotch away from the bubbly boost you didn't even know you needed.
Have a scroll, and let's all lust over in unison whilst tapping our fingers patiently in waiting for the return of the Boba.