When you enter this cozy bubble tea shop, you will be greeted by friendly faces. Soft music plays in the background and the lights are dimmed, setting a calm and comfortable atmosphere perfect for studying or hanging out with friends. The walls are covered with fun black and white cartoonish characters, reminding me of the great Basquiat. The decorations are simplistic but unique.

With options like Passion Fruit and Pink Lavender, you will want to try every single thing on the menu. Meaning of course, you’ll have to come back for another visit. I tried the Mango fruit black tea while my friends opted for Black Forest herbal hot tea and Pink lavender herbal hot tea. Everything was delicious and since that day, I find myself craving Naga Tea at random. Not only was the tea awesome, but the atmosphere was so relaxing. It was such a nice break from my busy day.

Naga Tea was started by two USF grads, Carl Yen and Yi-hsiang Liao. They started the business intending to bring an authentic bubble tea experience to Tampa. According to their website, Naga Tea serves a variety of fresh, herbal, milk, and fruit teas with a focus on real product. They use no powders or artificial sweeteners and uses only real fruits in their fruit teas. All Naga Tea’s product is imported from Taiwan. It was comforting to know they take pride in serving authentic bubble tea. In addition, I was happy to be able to support USF grads and their business.

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It’s one of the most authentic tea lounges I’ve been to by far. They get their teas from Taiwan and you can taste the quality in their teas. They use non-dairy creamers if you want to make your tea into a latte and you are able to control the level of sweetness (0%, 25%, 50%, 75%, 100%). It’s a health alternative to other Tea places.

I ordered a oolong black tea (cold) with 50% and it was amazing, its in a generous size cup and unlike some of the other tea lounges, they didn’t give me a full cup of ice and just a little tea. Even stayed here to study and the overall atmosphere is very relaxed, and the internet here is awesome too. Definitely would recommend! =D

Melinda H.