A Quantitative Comparison of Bubble Tea Prices

Recently I wrote a report on bubble tea prices in Waterloo. I did this because I find that bubble tea shops have numerous ways of making you think that their product gives you the best deal or is the most worth it like cup size, rewards programs, different pricing schemes for toppings, etc. As a numbers guy, I wanted to know what gave me the most tea for my money. Simple as that. So I hand investigated many of the sizes and did the math on all of the loyalty programs and came up with data to determine which shops were the best. This might not be everyone’s approach to food, but I certainly found it fun. I originally published this report as a pdf, but I thought I would put it on my medium blog since I have the majority of my writing here. So, without further ado, here is there report:

Pearl Milk Tea

Citations can be found on the original report.

Brown Sugar Milk Tea

Citations can be found on the original report.


Over time the savings from choosing the right bubble tea shop is immense. The spread between a luxury shop and a well respected chain is hard to go unnoticed, and it has become clear in the data. Another key is to tap into these rewards programs as they offer great savings! Finally, I think it goes without saying, but don’t get any ice in your drink! With all this in mind, you can save hundreds of dollars a year on your bubble tea and spend it on something else! Or… spend it on more bubble tea. The choice is yours.

Software Developer, Curiosity Driven