Boba tea shops prepare for a shortage of bubbles as shipping delays threaten their supply chain

Your favorite boba or bubble tea shops may soon run out of their beloved chewy tapioca balls, as shipping containers from Asia remain stuck in West Coast ports, The San Francisco Chronicle reports. The majority of U.S. boba shops use tapioca pearls from Taiwan. But even local suppliers may see their bubble stockpile disrupted as shipping containers from Thailand—the world’s primary producer of tapioca starch (the main ingredient in boba)—are also stranded. As an alternative, boba lovers should look to add other toppings like grass jelly, puddings, or cheese foam.

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