June 27, 2022
I used to not understand when people said that they preferred one store’s bubble tea over another. To me, there were two tiers: good and awful. The awful stuff was made by stores that weren’t bubble tea stores, and everything else was good.
Then I started having more bubble tea. For some reason, perhaps Trisha and I enabling each other, I’ve been getting a lot more bubble tea over the past year or so. I’m not complaining.
And now? I have opinions about bubble tea. Which places are better and which aren’t so good. Which places have better tapioca and which have better flavors. I legitimately feel like I care about differences now that I used to not notice. Maybe my taste palette has expanded in that department?
Perhaps trying something a lot turns you into a snob. I’ve heard of people actively trying not to turn themselves into a coffee snob by always getting the same mid-tier brand of coffee, and I kind of understand what they mean now.
I’m still figuring out my opinions on different bubble tea places. Sometimes I feel like I’m just going with what other people say and it’s a placebo. But with enough bubble tea, I can definitely figure out my own ranking.
I’ll leave you with my current non-comprehensive ranking (co-thought-through with Trisha):
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