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Gunderson’s Growing Love for Boba

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Boba is the new Starbucks for these Gunderson students

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Gunderson students enjoying boba tea at Pop Up

Gunderson students enjoying boba tea at Pop Up

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Gunderson students enjoying boba tea at Pop Up

Through the past few years boba tea has increased in popularity throughout the Bay Area and is extremely popular as a “hangout” place among teenagers. There is no denying the drink has been around for quite a while but it has grown in demand.

Bubble tea (also known as boba or pearl tea) is a Taiwanese tea drink. A lot of boba tea drinks contain a tea base mixed with fruit or milk in which tapioca balls and fruit jelly are often added to. A lot of factors go into determining the best place to get boba: taste, location, price, etc. Nika Noorishad, a senior, considers herself a boba connoisseur.

“I literally drink boba at least twice a week so it’s hard to choose which one is the best, I always somehow end up at Pop Up Tea,” Nourished said.

Pop Up Tea, Coffee, and Snacks is very popular among Gunderson students because of the convenient location. It is located in the Snell & Branham Plaza just 5 minutes away from Gunderson by car. Gunderson senior, Alicia Torresola, is an avid boba drinker.

“If we’re talking best taste, Pekoe all the way, but I feel like Pop Up is the spot for Gunderson because it’s so close and so good,” Torresola said.

Pekoe is a farther commute being on S White Street, but is a go-to spot for people all around San Jose.

“Pekoe for sure, it’s kind of far but I love their split cups because I can get two flavors in a cup,” sophomore Summer Le said.

As boba is increasingly growing in popularity and demand, there is a noticeable growth in different locations. Oakridge Mall alone has three different places to get the tea.

Although a lot of Gunderson students consider boba to be their favorite drink, not every student feels the same way.

“Honestly, I don’t really get the hype for boba, I’ve had it a couple times but I’m not the biggest fan. A lot of my friends love it so I tag along anyways,” senior Chloe Chavarria said.

It’s safe to say that the love for boba has brought a lot of these Gunderson students together.

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