I believe that word of mouth marketing is the best marketing any business can get. I saw on @naturallyyours_ Instagram page (a local braid stylist) this amazing looking cup of yumminess which prompted me to scroll back up to the top of the picture to ask myself, “what is that? and where can I get it? So I immediately went into investigation mode. However, I didn’t have to dig far at all. @Naturallyyours_ blessed me with the location and her caption read, “strawberry crema with boba.” I thanked God for Jesus on this day and for Naga Tea!
NagaTea is a quaint tea house owned by two USF students Carl Yen and Yi-hsiang Liao, two young men that decided to go for it in October of 2014. The pair thought Tampa was missing out on this hidden authentic gem called bubble tea, pearl tea, or even just milk tea. So the pair got together to make the magic happen after graduation and the rest is history.
Anyone that has ever tried bubble tea, I’m sure is so grateful this concept became a reality and they decided to try their hand at a tea house. Naga Tea can be found snuggled way in the temple terrace plaza at 10950 n 56th st. Temple Terrace, FL 33617. Naga Tea brews up fresh teas, fruit teas, milk teas, & herbal teas twelve hours a day ( hours are 11am-11pm). The tea house prides itself on having the most authentic tea in Tampa by having all their products imported directly from Taiwan. Naga Tea makes sure it uses all real natural fruit and no artificial sugars. Lord knows I thank him for Jesus and these two thirsty souls that created Naga Tea.
So, yesterday I set out for a cup of happiness. Man, I was in for a treat at Naga Tea. The teahouse has a little hip & fun ambiance as you will see in the video below. The teahouse had just enough awesomeness to remind me of New York City, Los Angeles, or somewhere in between. I know it had to be amazing enough that I started to research its origin of bubble tea, health facts, and what the heck were these chewy candies towards the bottom of my cup of awesomeness. I researched boba to make sure it was something I could chew on or if it were only for decoration purposes. How many of you did that on your first try, write me back and do tell! Lol! I learned that milk tea originated from the Taiwanese and its only semi near as healthy if you opt of of the white granule sugar. Thankfully there is an option to have 0%, 25%, 75% or 100% sugar included at Naga Tea. Now,since this was my first rodeo and I opted in for 50% sugar. The little balls about the size of blueberries are called pearls, boba balls, or even tapioca balls. Each bite into a pearl is a chewy jelly candy like experience. The pearls can give you a burst of energy and this I know first hand. The tea usually comes with a large enough straw which makes it possible to sip the tapioca balls through the straw. Boy, do those tapioca balls start shooting through at any sign of a sip. The balls are an acquired taste or texture that my taste buds were not used to at first. So, it took a few sips to get used to it. My oh my was it worth it. This tea house is on its way to becoming the next craze in Tampa and I can not wait to get back to try other flavors!