Pearly Bubble Tea Kit Review: Quick, Easy, and Delicious

Updated on: July 11, 2023
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Pearly Bubble Tea Kit Review


  • Good presentation and packaging: keeps your boba fresh
  • This kit includes also a reusable boba cup, straw and lid
  • You can make bubble tea in less than 3 minutes with this kit (we tested it)
  • Reasonable cost
  • Tastes better than expected given 3-minute preparation


  • The tapioca pearls are not as chewy as other bubble tea kits

Starter Bundle Bubble Tea Kit by Pearly Summary

The Starter Bundle boba tea kit by Pearly offers excellent compromise between taste and convenience. With this kit, you can make bubble tea in less than 3 minutes. Not only the preparation is super quick, but the taste matches what you can find in many boba tea shops. To keep things environmentally friendly, this kit also comes with a reusable glass boba cup, with its own stainless steel straw and cleaning brush. Keep reading this bubble tea kit review to learn more.

If you're looking for a quick and easy way to make delicious boba tea, then I highly recommend this DIY bubble tea kit by Pearly. Keep reading this bubble tea kit review to learn more.

We've tested the Starter Bundle by Pearly. This boba kit contains everything you need to make 12 preparations for your favorite milk tea and taro milk tea flavors.

It's also extremely easy to use, it only takes 3 minutes to prepare your boba tea! Plus, the reusable cup and stainless steel straw (which comes with its own brush) make it eco-friendly. I definitely recommend giving this bubble tea kit a try!

So is this boba kit for you?

Let's get bobbing through this boba tea kit review to find out!

First Impressions

When I first received this boba kit I was impressed by the packaging. Pearly did a great job with the packaging design and it's obvious they care about their product.

Each boba tea flavor was individually packed in its own box, each containing 6 milk tea packets and 6 tapioca pearl packets. This means each box contains a total of 12 packets per flavor, and so the Starter Bundle contains a total of 24 packets in total.

Starter Bundle Boba Kit by Pearly
The Starter Bundle by Pearly includes all you need to make boba at home.

Although some may see this as a bit wasteful, I actually think it's a great idea because it keeps the tea and tapioca boba pearls fresh, and it's very convenient when it comes to making your bubble tea - there is no need to measure anything!

If you're worried about the environment, the packaging does minimize the use of plastics and materials. A nice touch, for example, are the instructions directly printed on the bubble tea boxes, which reduces waste.

Talking about the environment, I love that this kit comes with a re-usable bubble tea cup with its own lid and a stainless steel straw. It also comes with a brush to clean your straw!

In short, this is one of the most complete bubble tea kits we've come across. Everything you need to make your boba tea is in the box (well, except water and ice obviously). There is no need for you to purchase any additional ingredients such as milk or brown sugar.

To summarize, this kit includes:

  • 6 classic milk tea packets

  • 6 taro milk tea packets

  • 12 tapioca packets

  • 1 reusable glass cup

  • 1 reusable stainless steel straw

  • 1 straw cleaning brush

Preparation - Does It Actually Take 3 Minutes?

One of the features Pearly highlights on their DIY bubble tea kits is that it takes less than 3 minutes to have your bubble tea ready.

Is this true, in practice?

Well, I followed the instructions and indeed the preparation time for this boba tea kit is extremely fast. It took me about 2.5 minutes to have my boba ready, which is quite impressive.

Making your boba with this kit involves:

  1. Dissolving the boba tea powder in 4-5 oz of hot water (about 1/3 of your cup) by stirring for about 30 seconds. We found hot tap water was enough to dissolve the powder without any lumps appearing.

  2. Filling your cup with the mix with ice.

  3. Microwaving the tapioca pearls in a microwave-safe bowl for about 20-30 seconds (using our microwave for 25 seconds yielded the best results).

  4. Adding the tapioca pearls into your boba cup, and then stirring.
Tapioca Pearls (Pearly boba tea kits)
The tapioca pearls are soft and chewy after just 25 seconds in the microwave.

In short, we found making bubble tea with the Pearly DIY boba kits it's extremely easy and quick.

Now, on to the most important question...

Does it Taste Good?

How does this boba tea kit by Pearly taste?

In short, it's quite delicious! I was really impressed with the flavor of both the classic milk tea and taro milk tea. Neither of these flavors was overly sweet.

Classic Milk Tea by Pearly
The original milk tea flavor by Pearly did not disappoint!

The classic milk tea had a smooth and creamy taste, and you could taste the black tea and the brown sugar molasses. The taro milk tea had a lovely sweetness to it as well as creamy and pleasant texture.

Although obviously your drink would taste better with loose-leaf tea, fresh milk, and fresh tapioca, preparing boba with these fresh ingredients could easily take 20 minutes.

So, it seems like Pearly has found a great compromise between flavor and convenience.

And just so you know, many boba tea shops also use powders instead of tea leaves, so you are getting something very similar to what you'd get in a boba shop.

A Good Value Purchase?

There are a few costs associated with purchasing bubble tea at a tea shop.

At the time of writing, this kit is $68, which is equivalent to about $5.67 per drink. However, this cost includes the reusable boba cup, straw, and brush. Buying one of the stand-alone Pearly milk tea flavors costs $24 for 6 drinks or $4 per drink.

This is lower than any bubble tea you could get from a bubble tea shop.

As I've noted, you are also saving time (which I consider it a cost). Going to my local bubble tea shop can take up to 30 minutes since I usually have to line up.

Finally, planet Earth will thank you for not using one those silly single-use plastic cups and straws you get at boba shops.

Pearly Bubble Tea Kit Review: Quick, Easy, and Delicious
The reusable boba cup, lid and straw will save plastic waste. The lid helps your drink keep cool thanks to its silicone seal.

Pearly Bubble Tea Kit Review: Our Verdict

Should You Buy the Bubble Tea Kit by Pearly?

I think the answer is a resounding yes!

This kit by Pearly is an excellent way to enjoy delicious boba tea in under 3 minutes without having to leave your house or spend a lot of money. It's also much better for the environment since you are reusing the same cup and straw.

Felipe is a tea expert with an engineering background! He loves to drink and learn all about tea and coffee. His love for tea was discovered while living in Japan and his favorites are Sencha & Pu'er!
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