International Student Affairs was once again selling bubble tea on November 1. Students held the event in Blum to raise funds for the international students for events.
Bubble tea, also known as boba tea, was originally created as a tea based drink that was invented in the 1980s in Taichung, Taiwan.
Student Miranda Durr has been involved with the students council for the past couple years.
“Last year we did it as a way to raise funds for the international students,” Durr said. “We did it in the spring as a way for us to fund events rather it programming, Diwali or anything the students want to do.”
The bubble tea sold for $2.00 a cup with a choices such as mango, taro, milk tea and melon.
“Milk tea was my favorite,” Durr said. “But mango was most popular.”
Last semester students planned for two hours of sales, but they sold out in 45 minutes to an hour.
“It was insanely popular last semester. We weren’t expecting it,” Durr said.
While many students have never heard of the popular drink before, that was not the case for student Cody Owens.
“I have had it in my hometown of Columbia, liked it quite a bit,” Owens said.
Owens did admit that he was a little hesitant to try the drink at first.
“Very weird, but I still like it,” Owens said. “It’s one of those things you don’t know why but it’s great.”
Senior Charity Page works for the International Students Services and explained that doing the event last semester while other events took place was helpful for promoting the product because they were busy.
“Not sure how much we made yet,” Page said. “I’m guessing we sold maybe 150 cups so possibly $300.”
International Student Council also uses the funds to buy supplies for the students and food they may need.
“We were able to allow students to ride the buses and we paid these different places- admission to the art museum, cupcakes and coffee sampling. So the students could learn to ride the buses here,” Page said. “Most of them don’t have cars and they could get comfortable with that and there’s also something for them to do in St. Joseph.”
There are over 250 varieties of bubble tea. The first noted “bubble tea” consists of cold tea and a sweetened tapioca pudding know as fen yuan.
Sophomore Roo Dickerson got involved her freshman year.
“My major is nursing and forensics,” Dickerson said. “It is my life goal to do world-wide commissions so I got involved with international student affairs.”
There are not many health benefits to the popular drink, but Dickerson said that there are some good things about it.
“This product is dairy free, allergy free and made with tea powder,” Dickerson said.
So if you’re looking to lose weight, bubble tea is not for you. A 16-ounce cup could run up to 184 calories with the smoothie types running up to 335.
The students said they are trying to sell every semester, but if not they will continue once a year.