A while back the New York Times published an article insinuating that boba is a passing fad. After a public outcry that showcased the ignorance of the writer, the publication issued an apology admitting that boba isn’t a passing craze at all. In Pasadena, boba has become a firm fixture around town as many tea shops and restaurants offer the chewy bubbles. And the surrounding San Gabriel Valley has even more spots offering new and modern takes on boba, as reported by the Pasadena Star News. Like others mentioned in the article, I first discovered boba as a college student that would make frequent trips into Old Pasadena and boba remains one of my favorite treats. Check out a few of the best places around town Pasadena to grab a boba and a snack.
Boba and it’s cousins, jelly and pudding, originate from Taiwan and variations of the treats have popped up all over the place since the 90s, firmly making boba a fixture in the San Gabriel Valley and beyond. One of the best places to go is Jin Tea Shop. It’s a little pricier than other bobas but promises to be a more authentic experience than some of the powders and mixes you find at lesser establishments. Jin Tea has real tea, that is organically sourced and also uses organic milk.
For those that find boba too sweet for their taste, Tpumps has customable options so that you can enjoy their slow cooked honey boba in a lightly or unsweetened tea beverage. You can customize your tea, flavors, milk and other items and your personal preferences are right on the cup to avoid confusion. If you’ve never had boba before, Tpumps is a good place to try because the menu includes instructions and suggestions to help you from getting overwhelmed with choices.
Home Brewed Bar specializes in coffee and teas and you can add boba or jelly as “enhancements,” along with a bunch of other variations. The light and airy space is modern and clean and the shop also offers catering so that you can introduce your favorite concoctions to your friends and family at special events.
Au79 Teahouse has a long history of tea in the San Gabriel Valley, first opening in 1998 and has a Pasadena location that is popular with Pasadena Community College students. The menu offers a mind-boggling vast selection of tea and boba and other drink options along with noodles, snacks, and other food items.
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