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We tried boba from Junbi so you don't have to

Tiger Town Treats: a follow-up to the Boba installment

<h5>Sydney Eck / The Daily Princetonian</h5>
Sydney Eck / The Daily Princetonian

Welcome to Tiger Town Treats — a new Prospect series where I compare delicious snacks ’n sips from local businesses, so you know where to go to satisfy that one craving or reward yourself after that rough p-set!

Our first round of boba reviews was released right as the mega matcha chain Junbi was opening a new location on Witherspoon. 

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And we heard you on Tiger Confessions, #34257! Without Junbi, it seems, our comparison of Princeton’s boba was lacking. So as soon as midterms were over, I hopped right on over to the new shop to try their boba for myself, and here are my thoughts:

The newcomer: Junbi

Disclaimer: Because Junbi specializes in matcha, most people agree their “standard” would be a matcha milk tea with boba rather than a standard brown-sugar milk tea, so that’s what I tried. 

Price: $5.00 (Junbi currently only offers one size, and it is similar to the large size at other boba chains like Kung Fu Tea.)

Boba Rating: 3/10

  • The boba pearls were noticeably smaller, harder, and chewier than other boba in town. They were difficult to chew, and there was relatively little boba in the cup given the size of the drink.

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Milk Tea Rating: 4/10

  • As a matcha lover, I was a little disappointed. The milk tea was light and not overly sweet, which was refreshing. But I found the drink itself to be slightly bitter with a definite “matcha powder” taste. It reminded me of the Starbucks Matcha Latte but with slightly less sugar. It was good, but not a culinary statement by any means. 

Vibe:

  • Junbi was similar to Ficus in that it is definitely catering to a particular aesthetic: I’ll be the first to admit that the Junbi drinks populating Princeton students’ Instagram feeds during Spring pause were flashy, fun, and full of color in the best way. In the physical shop, clean white decor and an abundance of succulents added to the sense of a modern, fresh reprieve from Princeton’s typical historical stuffiness. 

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