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Bubble Tea (Boba Tea) In Tucson, AZ

April 11th, 2009

In only one week the goal was to try every Thai and Vietnamese shop in Tucson, Arizona that served Bubble Tea (Boba). There were seven shops to attempt. Javalinas Coffee sold out to Java Edge and no longer serves Bubble Tea. Here are the shops we tried, listed in order from greatest to least. At the end is our first attempt at making the Tea ourselves.

I need to start with two honorable mentions. The Best Thai Tea in Tucson is naturally at the best Thai restaurant – Bangkok on the corner of Tucson and Speedway. They don’t serve the tapioca in the tea, but it is the most vibrant and authentic tea to be sampled.
Runner up for the best Thai tea was Luckies (Da Yuan Express) at Houghton road. They no longer serve the Boba in the tea. They have cheap eats of the MSG-free Chinese fare, and very friendly service!

First PlaceDrink PriceTriesThoughts
Saigon Pho (University In the Back)3.50Thai, Coconut, Honeydew, WatermelonHand Blended, this place is amazing! Crisp fresh sandwiches, MSG-free, loved every dish we tried!

Worth Finding

Cool Cutout Menu

Awesome Thai Tea

Sandwiches and Bowls

Best Coconut and Honeydew for sure

Pork can be yummy

Second PlaceDrink PriceTriesThoughts
Miss Saigon (Campbell near Speedway)2.75?Coconut Snow, Watermelon, Honeydew, Chocolate, Milk Tea, GrapeMore variety of drinks than any other. Enjoyed them all. Fun seals. MSG in the food, had to pass.

Worth Finding

Third PlaceDrink PriceTriesThoughts
Dao Tai Pan (Wilmot near Carondolet)3.25Coffee, Green Apple, Strawberry, TropicalFun sealed. Liked the Lychee Konjac bits in the tropical. Boba pearls were too soft from freezing and nuking. Uses MSG so we skipped the food.

Most Famous Boba Sign

Fourth PlaceDrink PriceTriesThoughts
Ha Long Bay (Wilmot at Broadway)2.75Coconut, Honeydew, Strawberry, Thai TeaNot Fun sealed. The real coconut milk was slightly off. Uses MSG so we skipped the food.

Nice Painted walls

PlaceDrink PriceTriesThoughts
Orient Express (University Look upstairs)2.99Cherry, Jasmine Tea, CoconutNot Fun sealed. Watery flavors, lids not fitting well. Blah

Barely Drinkable

LAST PlaceDrink PriceTriesThoughts
Asian Diner (Speedway Near Campbell)4.10Mango, Banana, Honeydew, CoffeeYuck! Over syrup, Something was wrong with the storage of the pearls or something. We could not drink them. We had to pay .60 cents more to put the tapioca in and we ended up with less amount than other shops!

NOT Drinkable

Most Expensive

Very frozen

We just had to make some ourselves! We went to G and L Oriental market and snagged all the needed bits. We bought fat straws and two kinds of tapioca balls that are pre-packaged. Fun experiment and Much cheaper. Now to perfect the Thai Tea recipe!

Big Bag

Colors or Black Pearls

They Float!

White Milk White Tea, colored Tapioca

If you live in Albuquerque, be sure to try the Bubble Tea shop near the TaLin Market. The best Bubble tea I have ever had was in Las Vegas at Lollicup. None of these mentioned above come close to that.


  1. April 17th, 2009 at 10:06 | #1

    When I tried Thai iced tea, it tasted like a theoretical tobacco tea. Very sweet, but supa-strong. Maybe I’m a coward, though.

  2. April 20th, 2009 at 09:31 | #2

    It sounds like you tried a good one! “Theoretical tobacco tea” is an accurate description. I would say it is a little more of an earthy wooden flavor. I picture some light oak colored hardwood when it is done right. It should also be burnt orange enough to stain clothing. The almost-bitter naturals combine with the overboard sugar to force you to slow down and enjoy it carefully.

  3. May 20th, 2009 at 20:53 | #3

    thanks for the tips, just arrived in tucson recently

  4. Ashley
    August 23rd, 2009 at 14:26 | #4

    I got a pearl shake at Chinese Combo in Rita Ranch, its good but its my first time trying it so I’m not sure how its supposed to taste.

  5. hottstuff
    March 3rd, 2010 at 07:48 | #5

    been a long time since i visited.

    i’m a big boba fan…

  6. Squirrely
    July 7th, 2011 at 10:24 | #6

    I LOVE boba tea! I’ve just recently discovered Thai tea and am now in love with it as well! Thanks for the review. It is very helpful. Also, the picture are great. Very helpful!