In Boba Buddies, columnist Judy Liu ’26 sits down with Stanford college students and opinions choices of various boba outlets close to campus. Every set up will function totally different Stanford college students taking Liu to their favourite spot and speaking about what the drink means to them.
The great thing about boba is within the eye of the beholder. Whereas I’ve my reservations concerning the drink’s milky style, boba appeals to aficionado Yasmine Mitchell ’23 M.S. ’24 with its different tea taste choices, attention-grabbing texture and simple to devour nature.
“I drink boba daily. At any time when I’ve the prospect to attempt a brand new store, I all the time do, even when the opinions are unhealthy,” Mitchell stated. “I drink it for the expertise of reviewing boba and fascinated by what makes boba good.”
Mitchell has glad her boba craving with free drinks from many membership occasions. She has additionally began to supply boba at conferences for Utilized Cybersecurity, a campus group the place she serves as monetary officer. Mitchell says boba is a useful gizmo for rising attendance.
Mitchell has tried over 20 boba shops within the Bay Space, together with Teaspoon, Spill the Tea and Mr. Solar Tea, to call a number of. However her favourite is Sunright Tea Studio.
Situated in Sunnyvale, Sunright Tea Studio won’t be the boba place on the highest of a Stanford scholar’s thoughts. But, for Mitchell, the drinks are nicely well worth the 16-mile distance.
Sunright Tea Studio’s menu boasts quite a lot of drinks, together with a variety of milk tea, fruit tea and pure tea or espresso. In addition they provide toppings, different milk choices and 6 totally different sweetness ranges.
Mitchell opted for the Sunright Boba Milk Tea.
“Like many boba locations, the bottom of their milk tea is a non-dairy creamer, however Sunright has this particular mix of non-dairy creamer with sweetened condensed milk that provides their creamer a extremely candy and full taste,” Mitchell stated. “The drinks style robust and complicated.”
Mitchell rated the drink a 5 out of 5. “I might give it a six out of 5 if I might. It’s unbelievable,” she added.
She additionally praised the cup and straws design. The cups are barely curved across the backside, which “stops the drink from getting trapped within the little corners,” in keeping with Mitchell.
Most of Sunright’s drinks include sealed tops, permitting one to shake the drink a number of instances. Sunright recommends shaking it a complete of 17 instances.
I ordered the Sunright Fruit Tea with no toppings, much less ice and a 100% sweetness degree, which was $5.55. In comparison with the $7 boba supplied at outlets inside three miles of Stanford, Sunright’s costs are moderately low, nevertheless it comes at the price of distance from campus.
Whereas I’ve had some fruit tea the place all I style is the fruit and never the tea, Sunright doesn’t skimp out on their 4 Season tea. The drink was refreshing; the tea wasn’t too bitter, and the orange fruitiness had a recent style that distinguished itself from on a regular basis breakfast orange juice. Orange pulp on the backside of the drink paired rather well with the tea, and I discovered the drink scrumptious general.
The store had a enjoyable ambiance in late October, full with Halloween decorations. To our slight disappointment, there have been no chairs or tables inside or exterior the store, so shoppers should take their bobas to go.
Sunright Tea Studio is unquestionably a spot to go to for these enthusiastic about robust tea flavors. Its affordability and style make up for its restricted transportation accessibility.
Transportation Accessibility: 0/5
Menu and Pricing: 5/5
Editor’s Word: This text is a overview and consists of subjective ideas, opinions and critiques.