ReTea Boba Kit Review - Is it the Best Boba Kit?

Updated on: November 26, 2022
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Retea bubble tea kit review


  • Great packaging that is environmentally friendly
  • ReTea has strong sustainability practices
  • Delicious and chewy tapioca pearls
  • Takes about 10 minutes to make bubble tea
  • Includes a reusable bubble tea cup and metal straw


  • Only one flavor per kit

ReTea Boba Kit Review - Brown Sugar Boba Summary

ReTea's brown sugar bubble tea set allows you to prepare delicious brown sugar bubble tea drinks in less than 10 minutes that are indistinguishable from those from boba shops. This set features sustainable packaging while all materials and ingredients are locally sourced. ReTea has a very strong commitment to the environment which is a plus for us. The reusable bubble tea cup and metal straw will save plastic but if you already have one you can get this same kit (minus the reusable tumbler). The only con is that each kit only has one flavor.

Are you a bubble tea lover? If so, you'll want to check out our ReTea Boba Tea Kit review.

We tested ReTea's brown sugar milk tea kit. This DIY bubble tea kit is one of the best on the market and includes everything you need to make delicious bubble tea at home without too much effort.

We'll first give you a rundown of what's included in the kit, and then we'll tell you how easy it is (or isn't) to make bubble tea using this ReTea set. Finally, we'll let you know whether or not purchasing a ReTea boba tea kit is a wise decision.

First Impressions

First impressions count, and when we received this kit, we were not disappointed.

The brown sugar bubble tea kit came nicely packaged in a cardboard box which included:

  • A 700 mL (23.7 oz) glass reusable bubble tea cup

  • A plastic lid for the cup, with a hole for the straw

  • A metal straw in a cloth pouch

  • A small cleaning brush

  • 215 grams (7.6 oz) of tapioca pearls

  • 60 grams (2.1 oz) of dark brown sugar

  • 185 mL (6.3 oz) of brown sugar syrup

  • 5 Assam black tea bags

  • A recipe card

In addition to the above, there was a handwritten note from the owner thanking us for the purchase, which is a nice touch.

All components were packaged to minimize waste while the packaging was made of 100% recyclable materials and was mostly plastic-free (except for the sugar syrup bottle).

As per their website, ReTea has strong sustainability practices such as offsetting shipping carbon footprints and sourcing locally when possible.

In addition, ReTea has partnered with TeamSeas (partnered with the Ocean Conservancy and The Ocean Cleanup) so that when you make a purchase 1 lb of plastic waste is removed from our oceans!

So, kudos for that, since the bubble tea industry tends to produce a lot of plastic waste!

The reusable bubble tea cup looks great with the black lid and metal straw. However, for a few more dollars you can get customized reusable bubble tea cups and straws!

Retea reusable boba cup

This bubble tea kit provides everything you need (except of course the milk and ice) to make 5 preparations of bubble tea.

Is It Easy to Make Bubble Tea with this Kit?

Yes, it's very easy to make bubble tea using ReTea's kit.

All you need to do is:

  1. Boil the tapioca boba pearls in water for about 2-3 minutes and rest for another 2-3 minutes

  2. Drain and rinse the pearls

  3. Mix with 1 tbsp of brown sugar syrup and let rest for about 5 minutes

  4. Steep the Assam black tea for 10 minutes (give or take 5 minutes)

  5. Drizzle the brown sugar syrup on the sides of the ReTea cup

  6. To the ReTea cup, add the tapioca pearls, ice, milk, and back tea.

Easy, right?

ReTea claims that you can make bubble tea in just 5 minutes using their kit. So we put this claim to the test!

And it actually took us closer to 10 minutes to make bubble tea using this kit. We think 5 minutes is a tall order, given that you have to cook the pearls and let them rest, while you steep the tea.

Brown Sugar Tapioca Pearls from Retea
Making Bubble Tea with Retea's kit

You see, the instructions recommend a steeping time of 10 minutes, while the recommended cooking time of the tapioca is 2-3 minutes of boiling time plus 2-3 minutes of resting time.

Nonetheless, 10 minutes is a quick preparation time, and you could potentially make bubble tea more quickly if you don't steep your tea for so long or make a large batch of tapioca pearls in advance.

Now, the most important question...

Does It Taste Good?

Yes, ReTea's brown sugar bubble tea is delicious.

The tapioca pearls were firm and chewy, and larger than most kits we have tested.

The assam black tea flavors came through while not being overpowered by the brown sugar flavors.

Brown Sugar Bubble Tea by Retea

The bubble tea kit was a bit sweet for our taste, although this is not a big deal. We tend to like things less sweet (but we are still sweet people, I swear!)

If you are like us, simply add less brown sugar syrup to your cup, or less brown sugar to the tapioca pearls.

Besides this, with this boba kit, you can make a delicious brown sugar bubble tea that is indistinguishable from those from bubble tea shops!

And this is for a fraction of the cost (and waste) of what you get at a bubble tea shop!

If you don’t like black tea, ReTea has other bubble tea flavors including taro boba tea and green tea (matcha) bubble tea.

There are also fruit tea flavors such as mango or strawberry milk tea!

A Good Value Proposition?

At the time of writing, ReTea's Brown Sugar Milk Tearista Gift Set cost about $39.

As we noted above, this kit includes a reusable boba cup and a metal straw, and all the necessary ingredients for 5 bubble teas.

This comes out to about $7.80 per drink, which initially does not seem that much cheaper than bubble tea shops.

However, if you already have a boba cup, you can purchase this same kit (minus the reusable cup and straw) for $23.38 which comes to $4.68 per drink.

So, with this kit, you will indeed save money while helping keep plastic away from our oceans!

Our Verdict: ReTea Brown Sugar Bubble Tea Set

Should you get ReTea's bubble tea kits?

The answer is yes, definitely! This is one of the best DIY bubble tea kits out there!

Plus with ReTea you can drink bubble tea sustainably!

ReTea has very strong sustainability practices while offering kits with which you can make bubble tea in less than 10 minutes using natural ingredients without any chemicals.

In addition, their kit includes a reusable boba cup and metal straw to help your boba obsession be a more sustainable one!

This would make a great boba gift for boba heads!

Retea bubble tea kit review verdict
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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