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Bubble Tea Brewing Guide

bubble tea brewing guide

Bubble Tea Brewing Guide

You will need your base (hot water or tea), bubble tea powder, and tapioca pearls to make bubble tea.

Our Bubble Tea Brewing Guide will show you step by step. Your base is what mixes with the powder and can be hot water or hot tea the main types of tea used to make bubble tea are Green Tea, Oolong Tea, and Black Tea.  It’s important to remember that all types of tea (except for herbal tea) come from the same tea plant, Camellia Sinensis. Variations in tea processing can produce specific types of tea.

Green Tea is very processed, so it retains its green color, while Black Tea is heavily oxidized and processed, giving it the black color. Oolong Tea is proper in the middle of Green and Black Tea. It is lightly processed and oxidized.

Because each tea type is different, you want to ensure that you are brewing them differently for your bubble tea.


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How to Brew Bubble Tea:

You can either brew your tea on the stove with a tea kettle, or you can use an Automatic Tea Brewer.  Whichever method you use, pay close attention to the brewing duration and temperature to ensure you get the right taste.  Also, if you are brewing with a kettle on the stove, you can stir your tea halfway through the brewing cycle (this isn’t necessary with an automatic brewer).


Bubble Tea Brewing Guide: Green Tea:
*9 grams of tea to 1 liter of water
*Ideal temperature is 170-175* F (77-80* C)
*Brewing time 6 minutes

Green Bubble Tea

Bubble Tea Brewing Guide: Oolong Tea:
*10 grams of tea to 1 liter of water
*Ideal temperature is 175-180* F (80-82* C)
*Brewing time 6 minutes

Bubble Tea Brewing Guide: Assam Black Tea:
*12 grams of tea to 1 liter of water
*Ideal temperature is 200* F or 95* C
*Brewing time 8 minutes

Bubble Tea Brewing Guide: Ceylon Black Tea:

*10 grams of tea to 1 liter of water
*Ideal temperature is 200* F or 95* C
*Brewing Time 8 Minutes


Different Types of Tea:  Green Tea, Black Tea, Oolong, Earl Grey, and White Tea

There are 100s of different types of teas.  This guide will introduce the main ones and hopefully give you a better understanding of their similarities and differences. Green Tea, Black Tea, Oolong, Earl Grey, and White Tea are the most famous varieties we will discuss in this Bubble Tea Brewing Guide.

All tea is from the same plant, Camellia sinensis.  The different varieties of tea are due to the different processing techniques and the tea leaves’ level of fermentation.


Bubble Tea Brewing Guide

camellia sinensis


Brewing Bubble Tea: Green Tea

Green Tea is by far the most popular type of tea and has become synonymous with good health and antioxidants in the past decade
Green tea comes from Taiwan, China, and Japan. Each region has a slightly different production method. After picking and drying, the leaves are heated to halt the fermentation process. Additionally, in China, the leaves are typically roasted, producing a green/yellow tea with a toasted taste.  Japanese green tea is usually steamed. This produces a darker green and more of a “grassy” taste.

Jasmine flowers are sometimes added to the tea to sweeten the taste resulting in Jasmine Green Tea or 茉莉綠茶 mōlì lǜchá。

Brewing Bubble Tea: Black Tea

Black tea is one of the most popular teas in the world. It is called 紅茶 hong cha in Mandarin Chinese, which means red tea, not black tea.  Similarly, like all the other major varieties, black tea is made from Camellia sinensis.  Black tea is more oxidized than green, white, and oolong tea which generally gives it a more robust flavor.  The oxidation process gives the leaves their black color and more robust flavor, allowing the tea to retain its taste long after other teas.  This made black tea very popular for trade because it could survive the long transit times in the early days of trading.  Some of the most popular varieties of black tea are Assam, Ceylon, and Darjeeling.

Brewing Bubble Tea: Oolong Tea

Oolong Tea (Wulong Tea) is a semi-fermented tea baked under natural sunlight.  This allows it to be partially oxidized but not as much as black tea.  Oolong tea is sometimes considered a mix between green and black tea. Oolong tea originated in the Fu Jian province of China, and some popular varieties include Alishan High Mountain Tea, Baozhong Tea, and Oriental Beauty.

Brewing Bubble Tea: Earl Grey Tea

Earl Grey Tea is a tea blend with a “smokey” flavor.  It contains oil extracts from the rinds of bergamot oranges.  The Earl Grey blend was made famous in England and may have started as a ploy to imitate more expensive teas by infusing black tea leaves with the bergamot extracts.  The “London Frog” is a popular drink mixing Earl Grey with steamed milk and vanilla syrup.

Brewing Bubble Tea: White Tea

White tea is the purest form of tea due to its minimal processing. The leaves and buds of the Camellia sinensis plant are allowed to wither in natural sunlight before drying, resulting in a bud covered in fine white hairs called white tea. The bud selection process for white tea is very stringent, allowing only young buds with many fine white hairs to produce quality white tea.

The Automatic Bunn Tea Brewer ITCB Brews Tea Effortlessly

This Automatic Bunn tea brewer ITCB can similarly automate your process and markedly reduce employee costs, making it an excellent choice for your bubble tea or boba tea shop.

The Automatic Bunn tea brewer ITCB also brews coffee, and you can set 3 different settings to brew three different types of tea. For example, green tea, black tea, and oolong tea.

This unit comes with a 120v plug (see picture), has a sleek stainless steel design, and is NSF certified.

  • Infusion series technology for multiple recipes from one brewer; 2 batch sizes, and three brew buttons
  • You can also program the machine to display targeted advertising messages.
  • Easy pulse display for simple programming; energy saver mode for idle periods, exclusive peek extraction spray head for ultimate uniformity of extraction.
  • USB programming Capable
  • The brew counter tracks the number of batches for maintenance purposes
  • Ore-infusion and pulse brew for maximum flavor extraction; cold brew lockout and temperature control
  • Dual voltage


Additionally, dual voltage items can be on more than one voltage, and manufacturers will specify this on their spec sheets and installation manuals. The accepted voltages will vary by item, but some of the most common dual voltage configurations are 120v or 120/208v and 120v or 120/240v.

*You must purchase the tea dispenser separately. It is not included with the Automatic Bunn Tea Brewer ITCB.*

Where to buy an Automatic Bunn Tea Brewer

BubbleTeaology is altogether the best place to get your Automatic Bunn Tea Brewer. Additionally, we have a wide selection of Automatic Bunn Tea  Brewers to choose from, and our experienced staff can help you find the perfect one for your needs. We also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of our products, so you can be sure you’re making the best decision for your bubble tea business.


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