Bubble Tea Equipment and Supply List
What equipment and supplies do you need to open a Bubble Tea Shop?
To open a boba tea store you will need some basic supplies and equipment like cups and straws, utensils a Sealing Machine, Shaking Machine and Fructose Dispenser. Depending on the budget of your store you can start with custom cups and all of the machines or if you’re on a low budget you can start with clear cups and just a sealer machine. Custom cups and other machines (shaker and fructose dispenser) can be added later once your business starts to grow.
The most basic bubble tea machines are a Sealer Machine, Shaker Machine and Fructose Dispenser. Some additional items are a tea blender/extractor and automatic tea brewers.
Sealer Machines are one of the most iconic bubble tea machines. They put a plastic seal on your plastic or paper cup which the customer then breaks open with their fat straw. This creates part of the bubble tea experience and adds to the fun of drinking bubble tea. Sealer machines can seal PP, PET and Paper cups. Just make sure that you order the correct size sealer machine and sealer film. For example, for PP cups you will need to use a 95mm Sealer Machine with PP sealer film. While with PET cups you will need to use a 98mm Universal Sealer Machine with PET sealer film.
Shaker Machines make shaking your bubble tea easy and fun. The most popular model is the SK300 table top model which is easy to use. All you need to do is plug it in, place your shaker cups in the machine and press start.
Fructose Dispensers are used to keep your drink quality consistent and reduce employee costs. Adding the correct amount of sugar (fructose) to your drinks will be hard without a lot of training. With our automatic fructose dispenser, all you need to do is press a button and the exact amount of sugar will be dispensed into your drink.
Tea Blender and Extractor some tea shop owners are making the switch between shaking their tea to blending it. The T122 is a 3 in 1 tea blender, extractor and milk frother. With one machine you can brew tea, blend it with ice and top it off with a delicious milk foam topping!
When brewing tea there are two basic options. Using the traditional method which is basically boiling water in a tea pot, manually putting in the tea leaves and then straining them and putting them into a tea dispenser. Automatic tea brewers will do most of this work for you. The Bunn ITCB has 3 settings so you can pre-set 3 different types of tea. This helps improve drink consistency/quality and makes it easier for your employees as well.
Bubble Tea Cups, Straws and Sealer Film
The first thing to decide for your cups is if you want to use clear cups or custom print cups. Most store owners choose to use custom cups but if you’re just starting out you can also use clear cups until your business is more established.
There are two main types of plastic cups, PP and PET. PP cups come in 12oz, 16oz and 24oz sizes and have a 95mm diameter. They are also usually cheaper than PET cups because they are made out of a softer material. PET cups are usually 12oz, 16oz and 24oz and have a 98mm diameter. Their material is harder than PP cups and will be more expensive. Both types of cups can be ordered either clear (transparent) or custom.
Plastic Sealing Film
is what covers and seals most bubble tea. This can also be ordered in both clear and custom print. The price per roll is usually about the same but there is a MOQ (minimum order quantity) for custom rolls of sealer film. When you order bubble tea sealer film, it’s important to make sure that your film and cups are both made out of the same material. So if you have PP cups then you will need PP film. Otherwise your cups won’t seal properly.
It’s hard to imagine a bubble tea shop with out any fat straws. These are iconic and have become synonymous with bubble tea drinking.
Bubble Tea Utensils and Supplies List
The most important utensils you’ll need for making boba tea are:
Plastic Shaker Cups
Plastic Scoops for Powders
Tapioca Pearl Scoopers
Insulated Tea Dispensers
Boba Tea Shaker Cups
Shaker Cups come in two main types, either PC Plastic or Stainless Steel. We usually recommend using PC plastic ones for two reasons. The first is that the stainless steel ones will get really hot when you add hot water or tea to them while the plastic ones handle heat better. The second reason is that the plastic shaker cups are clear so you will be able to see your ingredients more clearly and this will help when adding different ingredients and getting the ratios right.
Insulated Tea Dispensers
Tea Dispenser will make sure that your tea is kept hot until your customer orders. This is the most economic way to serve tea and most insulated tea dispensers are available in either 5L or 8L dispensers. We recommend using 5L dispensers to make sure that your tea is fresh.
Kitchen Equipment Supplies List
In your kitchen you will need to make sure that there are enough sinks to comply with health regulations and to prepare and clean your equipment. You will also need to make sure that there are enough power outlets so that you can operate your machinery. Another important aspect is deciding if you want to use an electric stove top or a traditional natural gas stove top. One final consideration is using a water filtration system. Great tasting tea starts with fresh water so make sure that your tap water tastes good and consider getting a filter if it doesn’t.
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Electric or Gas Stove
Both electric and gas stoves will have certain advantages and disadvantages. The main advantage of a gas stove is that it will heat up your water and bring it to a boil a lot faster than an electric stove. Electric stoves will take a little bit longer but produce a more consistent heat supply (especially induction heaters). This will make cooking tapioca pearls easier and less likely to burn.
Opening your own tea shop will probably be one the most challenging and rewarding experiences of your life. If you haven’t done so already, you can get a free copy of our ebook here.
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