Boba Box FAQ

Boba Box Opening

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where can I purchase a Boba Box?

Please make a purchase online through our product page here. It takes about 1 business day for us to receive and prepare the order. We typically ship with USPS using priority mail, which average 2 days to arrive at their destination.

How long will it take me to make boba?

About 2 1/2 hours from start to finish before you can enjoy your iced boba tea. Tea can be brewed in advance and stored in the fridge to save time later, but boba takes about 1 hour.

How much simple syrup and milk do I use?

A “100%” sweetness drink at Camellia Rd Tea Bar is about 4-5 tablespoons of simple syrup. A 50% sweetness drink is about 2-3 tablespoons of simple syrup. It’s always better to add less simple syrup, taste, and add more if needed.

What if I only want to make 1 serving, instead of 5 servings as with the recipe card's instructions?

For every 1 serving of milk tea, use a ratio of 1.5 cups of boiled water to 8 grams of loose leaf tea. Follow the rest of the instructions in the iced milk tea recipe card as normal.

For every 1 serving of honey boba, start with 1 quart of boiled water and use about 1.25 fl oz of honey boba syrup. Saved any uncooked boba balls in a container with desiccant packet for up to 3 days.

When do the contents expire?

All the individual contents are packaged in high quality, sealed containers. That means they will last for months in your pantry. We recommend storing our syrups in the fridge - they'll last about 2 months (more below). Use syrups within a month of opening. 

Cook and consume boba as soon as possible upon opening. You can transfer some of the dry uncooked boba into an air-tight container; use within a week of opening.

Has my syrup gone bad?

All our in-house syrups are prepared by heating to over 200F (at or around boiling) to help dissolve the sugars and water, and increase its expected shelf life. Further, high concentrations of sugar can act as a preservative in food to prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria. Honey, for example, naturally does this.

However, we've observed that after about a month at room temperature, our organic cane simple syrup will begin to form little strands that may be yeast osmophiles (wiki link). We've found that initially this doesn't ruin the batch, but it should be heated through and consumed ASAP. Storing syrups in a refrigerator will also greatly extend their shelf life.

Unfortunately, we don't use any artificial preservatives or other additives - so you have to be the final judge of your syrup. Inevitably, fuzzy bits of mold will begin growing at the surface, a sign that it's begun to expire. We recommend discarding immediately. If there are any issues or concerns, don't hesitate to contact us!