Updated in 2021! Bubble tea isn’t an ancient beverage steeped in tradition. Rather, it’s a somewhat modern culinary creation out of Taiwan. Giant chewy tapioca balls, or boba, are suspended in a milk tea and often served with fat straws. But the founders of Boba Guys have taken bubble tea to the next level of quality, and haven’t forgotten dairy-free consumers along the way.
Dairy-Free Menu Options & Artisan Touches at Boba Guys
Boba Guys makes a full range of bubble teas and bubble coffees. They used to offer soymilk and rice milk as dairy-free options, but they’ve transitioned with the times. They now serve Califia Almond Milk and Oatly Oat Milk as options for dairy-free customers. When ordered with one of these milk beverages, the following drinks are dairy-free and vegan-friendly. They’re also gluten-free and soy-free.
Dairy-Free Boba Drinks – Regular Menu
- All Tea Varieties, including black, oolong, chai, green, and herbal teas
- Black Sugar Hojicha
- Caffe Latte
- Coffee Milk Tea
- Dirty Banana Milk
- Dirty Horchata
- Espresso Milk Tea
- Korean Banana Milk
- Matcha Latte (swap out honey for strictly vegan)
- Strawberry Matcha Latte
- Strawberry Rice Milk
- Strawberry Tea Fresca
- Ube Latte
Heads Up! Their Thai Tea is made with condensed milk, and can’t be ordered dairy-free.
Dairy-Free Boba Drinks – Seasonal
- Hibiscus Mint Iced Tea (spring/summer)
- Mango Sticky Rice (spring/summer)
- Pineapple Espresso (spring/summer)
- Sparkling Mango Matcha Fresca (spring/summer)
- Tropic Thunder (spring/summer)
Heads Up! Despite the fact that it’s made with Oatly, the Cloudseeker contains dairy.
- Chia Seeds
- Aloe Jelly
Heads Up! The Almond Jelly contains dairy.
At Boba Guys, they brew real tea leaves for their bubble tea – they don’t use powders. They also craft their own syrups from an all-natural brown sugar base. Consequently, their sweetener is fructose-free. They’ve also switched to bamboo straws (not shown in the pictures), as a part of their ongoing sustainability efforts.
Boba Guys is a little more expensive than your average boba shop, but they do boast higher quality ingredients. And many readers have told us, it’s worth it. But please note that this is a midday spot for an afternoon refresher, pick-me-up, or treat. Boba Buys shops are not open in the morning.
Where to Find Boba Guys