Boba tea has a special place in the hearts and minds of fans everywhere. This super-fun, sweet iced tea originated in Taiwan and is made with tapioca pearls (or boba balls). What makes it so fun? Popping boba balls, for one—they’re like sweet surprises bursting in your mouth! Boba shops sell a wide variety of these drinks with a never-ending choice of fruit-flavored tapioca pearls and alternatives, like jelly candies, if boba balls aren’t, well, your cup of tea!
Summer is usually when boba really takes off, but this summer might be different. You see, there’s a boba shortage and no, it doesn’t have anything to do with the plant that produces tapioca or the ability to transport tapioca from across the world. The problem is how quickly the United States is able to deal with the boba balls that land on its shores via cargo ships. As more and more goods get shipped from around the world to the United States, the docks need more people to unload, sort, and deliver the supplies. The shipping industry is huge, and what seems like one small problem could mean a long delay for hundreds of containers on hundreds of ships, all headed to the same destination—the United States. Is there a summer drink you can’t live without?