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Review: Taste Tea – Honolulu’s boba spot

The counter you order at inside Taste Tea.

The counter you order at inside Taste Tea.

Now, I’ve reviewed Taste Tea before, but back when it was just a little start-up boba joint with nothing but drinks and bare, white walls. (You can read it here on my Yelp account.)

The place kept Jake and I coming back for more often, because it really is the best in town, and we’re happy to report a tremendous growth in the little business.

Taste Tea serves milk tea with “bubbles,” or boba, which are dark tapioca balls at the bottom of the drinks. And for every purchase you make over $4, you get a stamp on your stamp card! Fill it out, and you get a free drink with your next purchase.

Taiwan melon teas -- one with coffee jelly, and one with pudding. Don't forget to present your stamp card!

Taiwan melon teas with ice cream — one with coffee jelly, and one with pudding. Don’t forget to present your stamp card!

My friend Chad enjoying a Mustache Milk Tea. It’s a popular item — they recently finished off a contest on their Instagram and Facebook page where people uploaded their best mustache picture in order to win a Taste Tea gift certificate.

Your only options used to be the flavor, sweetness, and size of your drink (medium or large), and the size of your boba (mini or regular).ย Now you get to choose if you want boba or jelly in your drink — or maybe even both if you’re feeling adventurous! Jelly flavors currently include: coffee, pudding, grass, tapioca, and coconut.

You can even add ice cream if you’re craving something a little sweeter.

They’ve also continued to add new flavors of milk tea, including taro and strawberry — both my favorites, and both delicious. Butย if milk tea’s not your thing, they also have iced teas to choose from. Even a selection of desserts and rolls.

The seating area in Taste Tea. A perfect spot to get together or study.

The seating area in Taste Tea. A perfect spot to get together or study.

When I say we’ve watched this business grow, we literally have. Each time we’ve gone, there have been more options having to do with the customization of your drink, more food options when there were basically none in the beginning — even colored labels on their products instead of black and white.

The walls now even have local artwork hanging that you can buy instead of the previous blank walls.

The outside of Taste Tea, right on the road just steps away from Ala Moana Center.

The outside of Taste Tea, right on the road just steps away from Ala Moana Center.

It’s been nice to see an honest business work it’s way up because they work hard and have good products and loyal customers.

My friend Cecilia moved back home to Honolulu after living in Los Angeles for college and she didn’t think she could live without a propper boba place. She said this place met her LA-standard. So I guess if you’ve got the thumbs up from this Asian foodie, you’re golden.

It’s located on Kapiolani Boulevard near Ala Moana Shopping Center, so I suggest you give it a try if you’re not already living the Boba Life. I recommend the Taiwan Melon Tea Latte as a fine place to start.

Check them out on Facebook and Instagram!

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