All the Ways to Make Bubble Tea, Taiwan's Pearl-fect Drink by Julia Janicki
This interactive data-driven visualization has the goal of showing off the bubble tea varieties and the culture around it in Taiwan. This topic was chosen to be the first for the “Taiwan Data Stories” series as a friendly stepping stone with a relatable subject.
One of the most interesting things about bubble tea is the customization potential of the drink with many possible combinations of ingredients. This piece is set up as a make-your-own-drink adventure where the user is guided to create their own custom bubble tea drink by selecting a base, toppings, the sweetness, the ice level, as well as options related to bags and straws. Through this process we introduced the Taiwanese unique tea culture, local ingredients and texture preferences, as well as including recent environmental efforts to reduce single-use plastics.
For more in depth process, we wrote a blog post about it! Check it out here: http://taiwandatastories.com/post-boba/index.html