Anyone who knows me well knows I am obsessed with bubble tea. I’m not sure what it is – the flavours (I love Iced Tea in general), the fact that its a dessert and a drink, the creativity that comes with it – I just think bubble tea is such a great foodie invention.
As a result, I’m always on the lookout for a good bubble tea joint. I recently started a job in Wimbledon and luckily for me there was a Boba cafe right around the corner. Cue four or five weeks of getting a weekly bubble tea… all for research purposes of course.
The cafe is very eye-catching, with designs of cute hedgehogs, a beautiful plant wall with a neon sign, and a wooden swing (which sadly I’m yet to try): overall an aesthetic that would immediately pique my vibes-obsessed zillennial self (I am a sucker for pretty marketing). On top of this, the Multea Choice social media game is pretty strong, they are taking full advantage of their aesthetic choices and interests of their target audience. On customer service too, I’d give them full marks; I forgot my loyalty card one time, and DMd them on instagram asking if I could get an extra point next time, and they were super understanding. So far, so good right? But how do they score on the quality of the bubble teas themselves? Read on to find out my ranking of four different teas.
- Festive Sunset with Rainbow Jelly £3.75
As I mentioned above, I’m not the biggest fruity tea fan. That being said, when I saw how pretty this drink was on their advertising, I had to try it. Sadly, looks-wise it didn’t live up to my expectations, as the different colours mixed into one (a slightly purpley brown colour) quickly. This one was also very sweet, I’d only recommend it if you have a strong sweet tooth and like fruity drinks in general. The rainbow jelly was nice, I’d consider having it again but tapioca will remain my go to.
- Peach Popping Peach Honey Black Tea £3.60
This is a bit of a classic when it comes to the boba world – peach and black tea is an excellent mix, and peach flavoured popping boba is also a great option. That being said I found this very sweet (again, personal preference) but it still had a great peachy flavour. The popping balls were a bit disappointing as a lot of them had deflated by the time they made it up the straw, which ruined the popping effect.
- Jasmine Green Tea with Brown Sugar Tapioca £3.20
This is the first one I tried, and for good reason. This is my go to boba order, when I feel overwhelmed by choice, am trying out a new place, or just want an old reliable. I’m not generally such a fan of the super sweet, super fruity ones, and in my opinion fragrant jasmine flavours win every time.
I got this with 25% sugar, 25% ice. Sadly I’d probably up the sugar next time, as the tea was just a bit too bitter and tannic for my liking, but overall the boba was nice and chewy with good flavour, and this will probably become my go-to order.
- Crystal Pearls with Winter Melon Oolong Tea £4.20
Perfect sweetness (I can’t remember what percentage I went for so this could vary) no tannins either which was nice given this is a tea! The flavours were subtle, sightly fruity with a toasty/nutty aftertaste. The crystal pearls were really interesting: they weren’t super flavourful but had a really cool texture, similar to tapioca but with more of a crunch – I’d definitely recommend if you’re a tapioca pearl fan but want to try something different!
Overall I really like this boba place and will definitely be back. I’ll probably also be unadventurous and stick to my preferred classic – but I think they have a great range and would definitely recommend you try it out for yourself!
After my review initially went out, the wonderful team at Multea Choice got in touch with me offering me an Ube Taro Tapioca Milk Tea. It did make me realise that I never actually included a milk tea in my review so I’ve decided to add my thoughts in here.
Firstly – this drink is absolutely gorgeous, definitely the prettiest one I’ve tried so far. Its way more similar to a milkshake than the fruit or fresh teas are, but the consistency is really nice, creamy and smooth. The flavours were excellent: sweet, slightly fruity and vanilla-y, but with a toasty undertone. The tapioca was of course, delicious. If you’re a fan of milk teas, I cannot recommend this one enough!