Bubble tea seems to have truly taken over in Japan, with boba stands popping up on every street corner, promising all kinds of delicious teas to accompany the coveted tapioca pearls. Coffee lovers may feel a bit left out of the fun, but hold on! This doesn’t have to turn into some sort of beverage rivalry, as Taiwanese bubble tea chain Gong Cha have come up with a way to make everyone happy.

From now on, in addition to their various tea bases, customers can also pick up a cup of coffee from Gong Cha's Japanese branches. Those looking for a simple and classic caffeine boost can grab a coffee or cafe latte, either hot or iced.

But to truly get into the spirit of the boba boom, coffee fans can opt for a brown sugar milk cafe au lait, with optional tapioca pearl topping. Brown sugar syrup and tapioca are a big trend in bubble tea at the moment, and combining it with coffee is a masterstroke from Gong Cha to widen their appeal to more than just tea enthusiasts.

A tea specialist store suddenly claiming to have quality coffee may raise a few eyebrows, but Gong Cha really have done their research, carefully selecting beans to match the Japanese palate.

If you're looking for a new boba experience, Gong Cha can be found all over Japan. Check out their website for a full list of locations!

By - Jess.