(From AFP)
Cheap instant “bubble tea” is one of Taiwan’s best-known culinary exports; now a new wave of entrepreneurs hope a high-end modern take on traditional brews will also be sipped worldwide.


Taiwan has been producing tea for more than 200 years and a cup of the island’s famous oolong is obligatory for many visitors, but exports have been knocked by rising labor costs and bubble tea has eclipsed the old-style carefully crafted cuppa.

Often artificially flavored and loaded with milk, sugar and tapioca pearls, bubble tea has gained a global following. Read more

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