What is boba? Boba is a common Asian drink which traces its origins back to the 1980’s, with two popular stories about its origin. One story involves the Chun Shui Tang company, who pioneered serving milk tea cold after seeing coffee served cold in Japan. They claim the invention of boba tea happened when a product manager poured tapioca into a cup of milk tea during a meeting and encouraged her staff to drink it. The other theory involves the inception of boba tea happening in Taiwan, where milk tea was already a cultural staple. The sweetening of tea had been a part of Taiwanese culture since the 1600s, before someone thought to combine it with 2 other common desserts: tapioca balls and shaved ice. Boba tea has since gained huge popularity among young people through the 2000’s, particularly in places like the US or Hong Kong.