Why Boba Might Just Be Trash

By: Julian Jones
OwlFeed Journalist

It seems like every other day, I hear about the sweet, sugary taste of Boba. Tales of its magnificent texture and shape roam the Agua Fria hallways. I finally decided to see what the fuss was about, making my way to Ahi Poke, a japanese restaurant where Boba is served. My experience there however may have scarred me for life.

What I was served appeared to be a concoction conjured from that of a swamp. The juice had a green, murky look to it and the smell resembled that of a poisonous berry you’d stumble upon in the forest.

I came into that restaurant without bias and fully willing to enjoy the drink, however, the appearance of the drink alone stripped away at all of my previous convictions. I no longer looked forward to ingesting this drink.

When I finally manned up and took a sip, I was attacked by what felt like paintball pellets. Before any sort of sweet, sugary, taste could bless my tongue, I first had to evade suffocating, as each sip I took came with what felt like an attempt at my life!

Somehow I managed to make it through half the drink, before discarding it into the trash can. The unpleasantness of that drink was appalling and unforgettable.

In order to gauge how my opinions compared to my peers, I interviewed Nallely Bermudez, a fellow Agua Fria senior, on her opinion of boba. She expressed to me how she felt that boba was “really gross.”1688546

“It’s flavorless and really squishy,” she said. “It’s not something you’d typically find in drinks. They look like fish eggs.”

I loved what Nallely had to say. She put into words with such ease and so poetically what I could not. Boba does indeed resemble that of fish eggs and the taste is nothing short of flavorless and unenticing.

Following my interview with Nallely, I continued on with my search for those with strong opinions on the subject matter, and I was eventually met by Kolton Boothman, an Agua Fria math teacher.

He claimed that boba was actually “delicious”, describing it as “something deriving from the gods.”

I continued the interview by asking him how boba made him feel. “Boba tea relieves me from the stresses of everyday life. After a long day of teaching calculus and dealing with disrespectful underclassmen, I can always rely on some boba to make me feel better,” he said.

Despite how much I disagree with everything Boothman said about boba, I must respect his opinion. However, I don’t know if he’d feel the same way if he knew boba’s nutritional value.

Studies show that Boba tea has no nutritional value, as it consists of merely carbohydrates from starch. In addition to this, a full cup of Boba is comprised of nearly 700 calories. With these nutrition facts, I’m surprised people still consume this stuff.

Now I am no social scientist, but I believe the continued consumption of this product is nothing more than that of a fad, a drink fueled by the social spotlight. The drink is disgusting and I can’t think of any other reason as to why people would want fat chewy balls of juice at the bottom of their drink.