How To Easily Make Bubble Tea At Home

While bubble tea has been very popular among teenagers in Asian countries. This is proven by the fact that even a bubble tea museum was opened last year in Taiwan. But that’s not it, bubble tea is now also making its way in Western countries with the world’s largest Bubble tea being created in Los Angeles created last year. Though it looks complicated to make, it’s actually really easy and much cheaper than buying it bubble tea store!

how to make bubble tea

1. Buy Dry Tapioca Pearls

Tapioca pearls can usually be purchased at any Asian/Chinese supermarket. Make sure it’s ‘Tapioca Starch’ (not potato) as they taste better! What you will be surprised how cheap they are and you will start wondering why bubble tea stores sells it for premium prices.

2. Dissolve Sugar in Hot Water

Because bubble tea is a cold drink, sugar doesn’t dissolve in it. That’s why you have to dissolve the sugar in hot water first. For one cup of bubbles, you need to use one cup of water and half a cup of sugar.
sugar water bubble tea

3. Boil The Pearls

For 1 cup of dried bubbles (good for several drinks), use 6 cups of water. Keep stirring until they float to the surface. Afterwards, turn the heat lower and cook the bubbles covered for about 20 minutes. Make sure to stir every 5 minutes. At last, turn of the heat and wait for 25 minutes before the bubbles are ready.

4. Rinse The Bubbles!

Rinse the bubbles/pearls like this:
rinse bubble tea

5. Soak The Bubbles In Syrup

Soak the pearls in the syrup you created in step 2 for 15 minutes.

5. Be Creative & Mix

Now it’s all up to you. The original bubble tea is a mix of pearls, black tea and milk. But you are free to choose other types of tea such as oolong tea or green tea a well. Besides, that be creative with other ingredients! Try it at home and share with us your creations!

A Teapot Made From Chocolate?

BBC spots a hand-crafted teapot made from dark chocolate. The teapot contains 65% cocoa solids and guess what: it brews a cup of tea with ‘hints’ of chocolate.

It was filled with chocolate, shaken to remove air bubbles, and the excess chocolate was poured off and the cast teapot allowed to dry. The process was repeated until the desired thickness of chocolate was achieved. It took the team more than two hours to produce the myth-busting pot but the resulting cups of tea were overseen by Marty Jopson of the BBC’s The One Show.

chocolate teapot

Besides the coolness factor of this teapot will it actually be useful? Well, let’s say that you should do this with your delicate & fine teas, but besides that, why not give it a try!

Drinking Green Tea Could Protect Your Brain?

For centuries, all the way to present day, tea has often been used by millions around the world as a daily health beverage. However, research from the last 20 years show that the healthy effects of tea on the body may go much deeper than originally thought. Besides that we recently wrote about the benefits of green tea against Diabetes, a new study now shows that green tea specifically may have an important role in preventing brain damage after the occurrence of spinal cord damage.

green tea for brain benefits

For years we have known that some types of tea can help to improve blood flow and help to prevent high blood pressure, but according to a recent study published in the Neural Regeneration Research journal, drinking green tea may prevent the risk of brain damage upon the occurrence of spinal cord damage, here’s the conclusion:

Chinese researchers suggest that green [tea] is loaded with polyphenols, strong antioxidants, which protect spinal cord neurons against oxidative stress induced by free radicals generated by the body.

This could potentially open doors into other health benefits, and maybe even work its way into being used in the medicinal field. As more and more research is done on how and why green tea has this effect, maybe there’s a chance for bettering a person’s chances during accidents such as car wrecks, sports, or horseback riding falls.

Green Tea Health Benefits: The Story of a Coffee Drinker

Below a story of a coffee drinker that turned to green tea and shared her experiences regarding the health benefits.

Sometimes when one writes about a topic as large and important as the health benefits of green tea consumption, it pays to begin at the beginning. So, at the risk of being too obvious, let’s start here: in order to derive the benefits of green tea consumption you must first drink it on a regular basis.

And for most Americans, starting a pattern of drinking green tea regularly is no small task. For me it took the cajoling of a family member just to get me to try it; and I mean really give it a chance. After all, I’m a coffee drinker and coffee drinkers don’t drink tea!

coffee versus tea

So, almost to appease this persistent family member, I followed his instructions and purchased a large ceramic tea pot, a supply of good quality green tea, and, per his instructions, brewed a large supply of green tea every few days. He insisted that this was the only way to go. He’s a very efficient type of person and he explained that having a jug of home-brewed green tea in the refrigerator so it’s easily available, is the only way a coffee-drinker can hope to establish the green tea drinking habit.

Being the good sport that I am, I followed his instructions and drank at least three cups a day, very consistently, for a month or so. The results of this diet change on my general sense of well-being both psychologically and physiologically were rather dramatic.

If you have some time to kill, then plug in “green tea health benefits” into Google and you’ll have plenty to read for at least a month. The heath benefits derived from drinking green tea are well-documented both subjectively and scientifically. Think of it this way, the evidence that green tea consumption is healthy comes from two arenas of human knowledge. The scientific, which I will call hard evidence and the subjective which I classify soft evidence.

reasons to drink green tea

After over six months of consistent green tea consumption I have discovered at least 3 unexpected health benefits of drinking green tea. Let me list these benefits and for the purposes of clarity, I will classify each benefit as being either hard or soft. i.e. either scientific or subjective.

1. Weight loss. Evidence type: hard and soft. I drink most of my green tea with breakfast. Right off the bat I had a decision to make: it was either my orange juice or green tea. I couldn’t do both. So I dropped the OJ. It wasn’t easy, but only after a week, I didn’t miss OJ at all. The hard fact is that dropping OJ from my breakfast means I am dropping 28,000 calories from my diet every year. (Sounds incredible but I did the math). Soft evidence: since I started drinking green tea in the morning it seems I get hungry much later than I used to.

2. Green tea will reduce cholesterol. Evidence type: hard. Green tea will reduce bad cholesterol but not significantly say scientists. Drinking up to 10 cups a day, however, will reduce the bad cholesterol significantly. Drinking 10 cups a day is probably unreasonable but it does indicate, as stated above, that green tea is more of a food than a beverage.

3. Reduced alcohol consumption. Evidence type: soft. I am going to tread very lightly here because this very unexpected benefit is very personal. My doctor has told me in no uncertain terms that I consumed too much alcohol. But as any real alcohol drinker knows, quitting or reducing drinking is easier said than done. But one night I decided to drink green tea instead of alcohol. That night for some reason, I didn’t drink any alcohol. Long story short, I hardly drink alcohol at all anymore. I drink the tea and it supplants the need for alcohol. But this is strictly personal. I don’t want to sound like a quack. But what told you is true.

As stated at the outset of this article the benefits of green tea drinking are voluminous. You can do your own Google research to prove that. But what I tried to communicate here is my personal relationship with green tea. If that statement sounds a little other-worldly or super-spiritual, maybe it is. And if you think I am an evangelist for green tea, maybe I am. But if you want to know why I bothered to write this piece about green tea, I think it’s gratitude. I am thankful for a persistent family member who convinced me to try it and I am thankful to mother nature herself for providing such a wonderful, delicious, and healthy food.