Bubble Tea Throwdown in the West Bay: It’s Sweet Delite vs. Quickly – Who Was the First with Tapioca Treats?

Honestly, I forget which part of the Avenues I was in* when I saw these stores. Anyway, it looks like they’re talking about each other, non?

Now, Sweet Delite is claiming to be original…

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But so is the Quickly. See?

Can we call this one a tie and then move on?

Let’s!

Bubble tea, also known as foam tea, is a sweetly flavored tea beverage invented in Taiwan in the 1980s. Drink recipes may vary, but most bubble teas contain a tea base mixed with fruit (or fruit syrup) and/or milk. Ice blended versions of the drink are also available, usually in fruit flavors.

One of famous categories of bubble teas is “pearl milk tea” (also known as “boba milk tea” and “tapioca (ball) milk tea”) contains small chewy balls made of starch like tapioca (cassava), potato or sweet potato called “pearls”, “fenyuan” or “boba”. Pearls made of jelly are also available in many places. These teas are shaken to mix the ingredients, creating a foam on the top of some varieties, hence the name.

Bubble tea originated in Taiwan in the 1980s, first spread to nearby East Asian countries, migrated to Canada before spreading to Chinatowns throughout the United States, and then to various college towns along the West Coast.”

*So they might not actually be in West Bay Proper, which is anything west of 19th Avenue / Park Presidio…

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4 Responses to “Bubble Tea Throwdown in the West Bay: It’s Sweet Delite vs. Quickly – Who Was the First with Tapioca Treats?”

  1. asdf says:

    What’s with this “West Bay” shit? No one refers to The City or The Peninsula as the “West Bay”.

  2. asdf says:

    …transplants

  3. wb-wtf? says:

    This “west bay” stuff is totally retarded. SF Citizen is trying to be clever — but nobody really actually uses this term regardless of a google search, and its tired, not clever.