words: BECKY ROBERTS
Bubble tea, the Taiwanese craze that has seen North America and now London bubbling with excitement, arrives in Cardiff’s city centre with a dedicated kiosk in Cardiff’s Queens Arcade next to the Animal store. Bubble tea is a refreshing fruit or milk tea drink that originated in Taiwan in the 80s, containing healthy antioxidants whilst being colourful and fun. The Bubblebase kiosk will offer one of the biggest ranges of bubble teas in the UK, from Ceylon black or Jasmine green as a base, to premium peach, honey and tropical paradise teas.
After trying bubble tea in America, 23-year-old Cardiff entrepreneur Kishan Varsani decided to set up his own business in Wales after spotting a gap in the market for the cult drink. Mr Varsani states, “Bubble tea is extremely popular in other countries and I’m sure it will catch on in Wales too. It’s a very funky and quirky drink and we’re passionate about making it a success here.” Of course the only way to find out whether you like bubble tea or not, is to give it a try for yourself, and Bubblebase is the place to go for those intrigued by the new taste and the hundreds of varieties on offer.