Boba Guys emphasizes its quality ingredients.

Boba Guys emphasizes its quality ingredients with a playful tone.

I admit I’m not a big bubble tea drinker. I joke that people shouldn’t have to eat their tea (bubble tea gets its name from the boba pearls added to the sweet tea drink).

Apparently, I’m the only person that really thinks this because everyone is crazy for the Taiwanese-style bubble tea as demonstrated by the bubble tea spots opening all over, and by the lines often found at the new Boba Guys tea spot in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley.

I recently spent a Sunday afternoon food exploring with my friend Arlene, and she suggested we check out the new Boba Guys location.

Boba Guys matcha affogato via Focus:Snap:Eat blog

Since I’m not a fan of boba, I got the special affogato made with Frozen Kuhsterd’s Thai iced tea flavored ice cream with matcha pour-over.

The Boba Guys, who started off as pop-ups at Ken Ken Ramen in the Mission, has opened up a couple of small stores, first in the Mission and also in Union Square. Its Hayes Valley location is its largest and lines of tea lovers often queue around the corner spot.

It’s hard to say what makes Boba Guys so popular. Maybe it’s their customize-able drinks (you can choose the degree of sweetness as well as any mix of ingredients) or maybe it’s their use of premium quality ingredients (Straus Creamery mik, house-made syrups) or maybe it’s their branding like its playful aardvark logo.

Whatever it is, Boba Guys has captured the city’s hipster heart. How do you boba?

The deets: Boba Guys, 8 Octavia St. (at Haight), San Francisco. Opened Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Monday. Check its website for hours.

The newest location for Boba Guys is found at Hayes Valley in a shiny new building.

The newest location for Boba Guys is found at Hayes Valley in a shiny new building.

The new space has a tea tasting bar

The new space has a tea tasting bar

Arlene ordered one of Boba Guys' most Instagram-able drinks, the strawberry matcha bubble tea.

Arlene ordered one of Boba Guys’ most Instagram-able drinks, the strawberry matcha bubble tea.

Boba Guys have created a pleasant gathering spot for tea drinks.

Boba Guys have created a pleasant gathering spot for tea drinks.

4 Responses to Tasting Tea at the Boba Guys in Hayes Valley

  1. Carolyn Jung says:

    Their branding is pretty fun! I’m not a boba addict, either. I think I often would rather save up those calories to use on a kouign-amann instead. 😉

  2. Karen says:

    There is one in the town of Brisbane, too! Owned by the Boba Guys, it is called The Burrow. No lines there. Open M-F from 11am-4pm.

    • Ben Ben says:

      Thanks Karen for the heads up! Not really finding myself in Brisbane, but good to know. Wonder why they don’t call it Boba Guys. What the hell is Burrow? LOL