There is a new shortage in the pandemic
– Toilet paper, ketchup and now – boba tea. The trendy drink that is growing in popularity in the United States is the latest product in short supply due to the pandemic. The nation “enters a boba crisis”, this is how the Chronicle of San Francisco begins his account of what is happening. For the uninitiated, boba tea (also called bubble tea) is usually a mixture of black or green tea, milk, ice and, most importantly, “little fluffy spheres” made from tapioca starch at the bottom of the tea. the mug, according to CNET. These are called tapioca pearls or boba balls, and the scarcity revolves around them. Vendors get their Taiwanese boba balls or tapioca starch to make from Thailand, and these overseas shipments are caught in what MarketWatch calls a “massive shipment backlog” on the west coast, which could take months to be resolved.
“Everything is blocked on the docks,” says Arianna Hanse of boba supplier Fanale Drinks at New York Times. A Business Insider article notes that tea has “exploded in popularity” in recent years. It’s big on the coasts, but it’s making inroads elsewhere. A national investigation found boba tea was the most popular delivery item at the start of the pandemic in California, Hawaii and Michigan, MarketWatch notes. “In the next week, tapioca will be a luxury because no one will have it,” said Tommy Huang, from another supplier, Leadway International. the Chronicle. “It will take a long time to be able to say that we will not run out of tapioca.” The problem is a real problem for small tearooms already in difficulty. “If you don’t have a boba, they don’t want tea,” says the owner of the teahouse in the bay area. Time. “They just leave.” (Read more tea stories.)