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At Tempo Tea Bar we want to bring a fresh, friendly and enjoyable experience to your time and taste buds. Like great music there are so many genres, so many gigs and thrills to choose from. Tempo Tea gives that same feeling of fun and surprise: each one is a unique experience. Our doors are open to new things, come join the tea revolution.

Bubble tea HISTORY

Bubble tea began life in Taiwan in the 1980’s, before spreading around the countries of East Asia and it wasn’t long before people began taking their favourite snack drink to Australia, the USA and Canada. Now it’s time for Scotland!

Many people think the little balls at the bottom, often called boba, are the origin of the name 'bubble tea', but in fact it comes from the frothy little bubbles which are made when we shake the drink to mix it all up to perfection. In traditional bubble tea the boba were made of chewy tapioca, but today aloe vera jelly pieces and bursting juice-filled popping boba are just so tasty we had to include them!

The great thing about bubble tea is that there are so many ways to make it. Each drink is made with a base of healthy green or black tea, mixed up with natural fruit flavourings (nothing artificial in our teas!) with a dash of whichever toppings tickle your fancy, then all sucked up through an extra fat straw.

Health benefits of TEA

Tea, both green and black, is considered a ‘superfood’ because it contains lots of natural antioxidants. We like to call Green tea a ‘super-duper food’ because it has sooo many health benefits. Here are a huge number of reasons why everyone should be making green tea their number one drink!

  • helps burn fat
  • protects against heart disease
  • can help lower blood pressure
  • can help protect against diabetes
  • increases exercise endurance
  • can prevent bad breath
  • helps fight against kidney disease
  • can lower the risk of cancer
  • can help prevent arthritis
  • improves your immunity
  • can help build strong bones
  • can help fight allergies

So many reasons for everyone to come and get some!


  • What is bubble tea?

    Bubble tea is a type of flavoured tea available either milky or fruity with tasty ‘toppings’ all sucked up through a fat straw. Check out our About Us page for more info.
  • What are tapioca boba?

    Tapioca boba come from the cassava root starch, brown sugar and caramel; they have a chewy gummy bear texture.
  • What are jellies made from?

    They are made from coconut (strawberry jelly) and aloe vera (aloe vera jelly, surprisingly).
  • What are popping boba?

    Popping boba look like tapioca boba but instead have juice in them and will pop in your mouth. They are really tasty and a great alternative to tapioca or jellies, and are vegan friendly.
  • Do I need to get boba in my bubble tea?

    It is entirely up to you if you want to have toppings in your drink, you are in charge of creating your masterpiece, and we simply compose them for you.
  • Are boba and jellies suitable for vegetarian/vegans?

    Almost everything in our bubble tea is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, just ask the person on the till and they’ll help ya out!
  • What is the difference between green, and black tea?

    Both come from the same plant but go through different processing. The big difference is black tea has more caffeine. Check out our About Us page for more info on the different processes for each type of tea.