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
- All Tea Varieties, including black, oolong, chai, green, and herbal teas
- Matcha Latte (swap out honey for strictly vegan)
- Strawberry Matcha Latte
- Thai Tea (additional modification required; request dairy-free from staff)
- Strawberry Rice Milk
- Ube Halaya
- Coffee Milk Tea
- Cold Brew
- Caffe Latte
- Caffe Mocha
Note: All of their Horchata related drinks now contain dairy. They used to have dairy-free options.
- Grass Jelly
- Chia Seeds
- Aloe Jelly
Note: The Almond Jelly and Egg Pudding contain 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