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Bubbling over: The globalisation of a tea craze

Bubble tea, which started in Taiwan, has won fans worldwide, with industry worth $60b

TAIPEI/SINGAPORE • Singaporean Calvin Lee expected to be drinking a lot of coffee during a holiday in Vietnam last year, until he chanced upon bubble tea brand Gong Cha.

On more recent holidays in Seoul and Melbourne, he spotted the Taiwanese chain and other bubble tea brands such as ShareTea and CoCo.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 01, 2019, with the headline 'Bubbling over: The globalisation of a tea craze'. Subscribe