Bobalicious Definition Make my Bank go Broke-o: A Comprehensive Ranking of Claremont Boba

By Emma Wu Shortt ‘20



If, like me, you’re a shameless boba tea addict, chances are you’ve ventured to a few boba spots in Claremont. Here are my personal favorite picks:

1. T & Joy

Tea rating: 5/5

Boba rating: 5/5

Price: $$

If you’re looking for traditional Taiwanese tea, you cannot go wrong with the delicious tea here. My personal favorites are the Jasmine Milk Tea, and if you’re looking for something a little fancier, I’d try the Hokkaido Milk Tea. The boba is delicious with a hint of honey and brown sugar and it is always made fresh twice a day so no crunchy middle or sour aftertaste! If you’re an adventurous tea drinker, I recommend trying their Cheese Crema topping: it’s tangy and reminiscent of cheesecake!

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1. TPumps

Tea rating: 5/5

Boba rating: 4/5

Price: $$

There’s a reason that TPumps has migrated here all the way from foggy Francisco: their tea is simply amazing! If you’re a picky boba drinker this place is for you, as they give you the option to specify your sweetness levels! Although their honey boba is delicious, it simply cannot compare to T & Joy’s. Try it out and let me know if you disagree!

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 1. Tocaja

Tea rating: 4/5

Boba rating: 3/5

Price: $

Ah yes the ever popular Tocaja. If you ever need a sweet study spot with hipster vibes I cannot recommend this joint enough. Although many would disagree, I would say Tocaja boba is a more westernized boba tea, albeit still delicious.

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1. Sanamluang

Tea rating: 4/5

Boba rating: 3/5

Price: $

Although Sanamluang is technically a Thai restaurant, not a boba shop (try their Fried Rice and Tom Kah Soup seriously...they’re incredible!), they had to make it on this list. This is because their Lychee Boba Slushie is so freaking good I cannot hype it enough. Also, I’ve heard some great things about their Thai Tea!

1. Coop Store

Tea rating: ⅗

Boba rating ⅖

Price $

Oh boy...well I thought I’d include the Coop just for convenience’s sake. But I don’t know if I would really categorize their boba tea as real boba. However, I can vouch for their Passionfruit Green Tea; it's very good!

If you’re wondering what the general Scripps population thinks about the boba options in Claremont, is the ranking from a poll I posted in the facebook group:

  1. Tocaja

  2. TPumps

  3. T & Joy

  4. Fruizen

  5. Sanamluang

  6. Mix Bowl

Happy Boba drinking!