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Monday, May 24, 2010

Drink Connoisseurs

I know there are people who can taste (and probably smell) the difference between Coke and Pepsi. They refer to themselves as cola connoisseurs. There are also coffee, wine, and beer connoisseurs, too.

Beverage connoisseurs are people who know their drink so well they can be almost snobbish about it. They may even become easily insulted if you throw in a substitute for their preferred beverage or they may smile from ear to ear, shower you with kisses and hugs, as well as share their “ahhhhhh” sound of satisfaction when you cater to their taste bud desires.

I was surprised to learn there are also BUBBLE DRINK snobs, too. If you are like me, you may not have even heard of a bubble drink so let me bring you up-to-speed.

According to Wikipedia, this drink was created in Taiwan in the 1980’s and eventually spread to the USA Chinatowns and college towns along the West Coast. This drink is non-alcoholic and non-carbonated. The tea is sweet, though has less sugar than a typical soft drink. The drink includes fruit (or fruit syrup) and/or milk. In addition there are marble-sized sago balls or "pearls" (made of tapioca) that are present and sit at the bottom of the cup and has a consistency like gummy candy (soft and chewy).

The drink is called bubble tea because of these marble-sized sago balls or "pearls" that are present and sit at the bottom of the cup and can look like bubbles.

We recently discovered an authentic Taiwan-style bubble drink location only a few blocks from where I live!

We had a cool waitress (with a slight Kansas accent) who brought us our bubble drinks and then started to speak some Japanese. I believe this change of dialect was due to all the menus at this place were in Kanji. I had no idea what she was talking about, nor did I care. I was busy sucking up my own big tapioca balls from a tiny straw and getting a kick out of this new beverage experience.
The taste test from our own "Bubble Drink connoisseur" was a joyful thumbs up and I think I even heard an "ahhhh" sound coming between the sucking sounds from the straw! It made me smile.

I like it when you can hit the mark with a drink connoisseur and get to share their little moment of pleasure and satisfaction when they sip their beverage. Ahhhhhh.