How to Open a Bubble Tea Shop:


How to Open a Bubble Tea Shop


If you’re reading this then you must already know a lot about bubble tea and some of the benefits of opening up your own bubble tea shop or adding bubble tea to your cafe or restaurant menu.

For the past 6 years I have lived in Taiwan (the birthplace of bubble tea) and have seen bubble tea expand from Taiwan to the rest of the world.  For the last 2 years I have worked for one of the largest Bubble Tea Shops in Taiwan and have seen what it takes to create a successful store.  Taiwan has over 10,000 bubble tea shops and has perfected the art of making great tea.

To successfully open a bubble tea shop you need to have a great location, quality equipment, great tasting ingredients and awesome recipes.

Quality Equipment:


Bubble Tea Sealer Machine

Taiwan is the world leader in Bubble Tea and manufactures the best bubble tea equipment in the world.  Recently there has been a surge of cheap knockoff machines on eBay and Amazon.  Even those these machines are cheaper, we refuse to carry them.  They inevitably break down and end up costing more money in the long run.

A quality machine will last for years with regular maintenance.  The main types of Bubble Tea Machines that people use are Bubble Tea Sealer Machines, Bubble Tea Shakers and Automatic Sugar Dispensers.


Delicious Ingredients:

Stawberry Bubble Tea Powder


There are many different suppliers that offer Bubble Tea Ingredients and not all of them will taste the same.  It is important to make sure that they are manufactured in Taiwan.  You want to use real tea leaves, fresh tapioca pearls and great tasting powders and syrups.  Finding a reliable supplier will be one of the most important things you need to do to open a bubble tea shop.


Bubble Tea Recipes:

Making Bubble Tea is an art.  You wouldn’t open a bar or coffee shop without knowing how to make the best cocktails or cappuccino and the same logic follows for bubble tea.


Here’s a quick recipe for how to make a bubble tea smoothie:


bubble tea smoothie



350ml (12oz) – 125 ml fresh milk, 300 grams of ice, 35 grams bubble tea powder

500ml (16oz) – 150 ml fresh milk, 450 grams of ice, 50 grams bubble tea powder

700ml (24oz) – 250 ml fresh milk, 600 grams of ice, 70 grams bubble tea powder


  1. Add fresh milk into the blender.
  2. Add ice into the blender.
  3. Add bubble tea powder.
  4. Cover the blender.
  5. Blend on ½ speed (*Optional, use the stick to stir while blending).
  6. Use the pulse button intermittently, blend for 60 seconds or until ice is completely blended.
  7. Pour your blended smoothie over tapioca for a delicious bubble tea smoothie!

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