Tapioca Express – The Birth of the Pearl

Tapioca Express started in Los Angeles, California in August 1999. From the beginning, we wanted to provide only the best drinks and snacks with the finest of ingredients and recipes. With our enthusiasm for providing tea lovers fine tea drinks, we grew at a rapid rate, enabling our Franchise to spread all throughout California into other states, and even countries! Now, our faithful following can taste and enjoy our special drinks in a cozy and welcoming environment from all parts of California, Washington and Nevada!

Our Mission – Success

Our tea drinks are professionally created with the art of sight, sound, touch, scent, and most importantly: taste. Our epic mission to satisfy the five senses, with unmatched quality in ingredients, has been pioneered throughout the land. Many partners still continues to join us due to our exceptional quality, courteous customer services, and peerless partnership in business. The bottom line is we always figured that putting people and quality before profits made great common sense. So far, it’s been working out for us. Our relationships with farmers yield the highest quality tea and fruits, the connections we make in communities create a loyal following, and the support we provide our baristas pay off every day.

Genuine Pearls - Exceptional Quality

Pearl (Boba) Milk Tea is a special tea-based drink originally from Taiwan. Tapioca Express has successfully brought this tea drink culture to the United States. Most of our ingredients are imported from Taiwan so that tea lovers can have a truly genuine experience in trying these unique Taiwanese drinks. Our tea leaves are hand selected and coupled with exceptional recipes so that tea lovers can now indulge in the rich history of the Asian tea cultures. Our experience and wisdom in this culture allows us to bring you over 100 unique drinks that we have perfected over the past decade.

History Timeline
  • 1999 The first store opened in Alhambra, CA, in the Los Angeles County. 1999
  • 2000 Second and third stores are expanded towards Northern California. 2000
  • 2001 Tapioca Express formally introduces Italian Espresso series into our menus. This all-inclusive operation refreshed Tapioca Express to be a representative of the worldwide professionals beverage industry. 2001
  • 2002 Our drink choices have reached over a hundred and our franchise increased to 45 stores towards the end of 2002 2002
  • 2003 Tapioca Express was honored with the 27th Annual Awards Banquet – “The Strength of Team” from American Asian Business Association in 2003 2003
  • 2004 Our R & D developed ExpressoTea machines in March 2004
  • 2006 Evolutionary ExpressoTea was achieved. We spent two years making the machines and testing the new tea drinks to prepare the tea maker nova for the market in 2007. 2006
  • 2008 Opened its first store in a University campus – University of San Diego, California 2008
  • 2009 Developed the evolutionary Express Tea Cart that includes all kinds of tea from all over the world 2009
  • 2010 Debuted our first “kiosk” location called Premium Tapex TeaHouse. Tapioca Express have officially joined the Social Media Network. 2010


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