Coffee brewers are constantly thinking of new ideas when developing new products. So, what products are out there that is not of a norm? Fusion! Asian fusion is the word to be used in this context. There has been many varieties with tea, more specifically, Bubble Tea. This product originated from Taiwan. Tea, served cold, were coupled with tapioca balls and are well shaken.
Coffee makers in small mom-and-pop stalls, or those that are run by Asian owners, adopted this idea and used it in their coffee drinks. What are tapioca balls?They are often called "pearls". These pearls are starch extracted from Manioc. They come in various colors but most commonly in brown. They are soaked well in water before they are boiled. These pearls' texture can be described as sticky and chewy. Another note is that, these pearls are filling.
Coffee when served with tapioca balls often are treated as desserts. These pearls goes good with almost all type of coffee. One of the better combinations is Thai coffee (slightly sweeter than normal mocha) with tapioca balls. Vietnamese coffee, which is a little thicker in taste also goes well with sweetened tapioca balls.
Really fascinating to see how taste diversify as everyone punctuates their culture into the food and beverages they serve!