Tpumps is a boba tea shop chain that has become very popular in Northern California. During my last visit home, my sister introduced me to this newest trend in tapioca tea: adding multiple pumps of flavored syrups.
Truthfully, I didn’t think I would enjoy it, but the endless lines when we passed by had me intrigued.
On the day we visited, there was a line, but with so many employees working, it moves very fast. I found it a little amusing that a firetruck had pulled over to the side and there was a group of firemen inside waiting for their drink orders.
A standard drink allows you up to three pump flavors and there’s quite a few to choose from, ranging from fruit flavors to almond roca and pumpkin spice. Here is what we ended up with.
From left to right:
- Black milk tea, with mango and pineapple syrups.
- Black tea, honey boba, with strawberry, lychee and pomegranate syrups
- Black milk tea, honey boba, with guava, mango and lychee syrups
- Passionfruit slushie
I was wary about mixing milk tea with various syrups, but it was the most popular combination. I was right to be worried because I didn’t really care for it at all. I don’t have an issue with flavored milk teas, but the artificial syrups really didn’t blend well with the milk tea and it just tasted off to me.
The black tea mixed with the syrups was a little better combination, but still not something I would order again.
Overall, I didn’t really enjoy the drinks we had here. Maybe its an age thing, but I just didn’t care for mixing so many artificial sugary syrups in my drink and would rather stick to the traditional drink options. I’m curious if this trend will make its way to San Diego.
Tpumps (various locations)
19959 Stevens Creek Blvd