Boba Guys – San Ramon (Soft Opening)

So the other week we were exploring San Ramon. It isn’t very far, but unknown to us like a foreign far away place. Some areas looked like farmland and reminded me of Loomis. I sort of stumbled upon a soft opening of Boba Guys when looking for places to try out there.

By the time this post goes live Boba Guys will have completed their soft opening and will have had their grand opening on December 1st.

I get ahead of myself though. Let’s take a step back. Where is this Boba Guys in San Ramon anyway!? It’s located in a brand new fancy mall called City Center Bishop Ranch. That’s a mouthful. There are high end retail stores here such as Athleta, Antropologie, and Pottery Barn. You know there has to be some yummy eateries to feed all of us shoppers. The Slanted Door, Roam Artisan Burgers, and Curry Up Now are a few you can find opening soon. They also have The LOT, which I am familiar with because they have locations in San Diego. They are a luxurious one stop shop for food, drink and movie watching featuring cozy leather reclining chairs.

Back to Boba Guys…this was the soft opening line the day I went. As you can see I did not choose my time of arrival very wisely. Schools must have just gotten out and I did not feel like waiting in this seemingly endless line… 

That didn’t stop me from adjusting the game plan and coming back another day before those kids could make a move! I had to only compete with parents and their young children this time.

At first glance the menu looks like any other boba shop. But as you get deeper, you start to realize this is different. You can choose from organic milk, almond milk, or oat milk! I’m pretty sure I’ve never even had oat milk before. The prices are a bit higher than your typical milk tea place too. This is due to the quality of the milk, loose leaf teas, and syrup they produce in house.

And their specials are none like any I have ever seen before. I’m not even sure boba milk tea place is the right thing to call Boba Guys. 

But then they display this print out all about how they now make their own boba in the United States. Now I am even more confused. 

This is my type of line! Haha, kids got nothing on me. (As I was leaving I saw them start encroaching.)

There is a lot of interesting, wavy seating. I picture this being used to wait for your drinks more so than actually hanging out and enjoying them. But maybe I’m wrong people hang out longer.

It certainly was a unique design that I’ve never seen before in a boba spot. Not one table in sight. It reminded me of some fancy hipster coffee shop in Silver Lake.

Black Sesame Latte – house made black sesame ginger paste over creamy almond and dairy milk ($5) Muscat Oolong Milk Tea – Strauss organic dairy milk and boba ($5.50)

Okay so what it all comes down to is the drinks right? And you cannot go to a place called Boba Guys without getting their new Amurrican made boba. The boba was decent. Not perfect chewiness and bounce but definitely not bad. The Muscat Oolong Milk Tea itself has a different taste. Less milky and more bitter. They tout their loose leaf teas, but I wish there was a stronger tea flavor. Yes you can have a strong tea flavor without a strong tannic aftertaste. The sweetness also is a different kind of sweetness. I appreciate their use of fresh ingredients without any powders, but I didn’t care for the flavor of their sweetener. It reminded me of stevia or truvia, which are a little off putting.

The black sesame latte had a strong nutty and smoky black sesame taste. I didn’t realize almond milk was in there until afterwards. That’s probably because there was already a nutty flavor that I couldn’t single it out. The only thing I didn’t particular enjoy was the course paste at the bottom. It did not go down smoothly and you could feel as each grain of black sesame went down your throat with each sip.

I was really close to snagging a classic black tea latte before I left but opted out the last second.

Final Thoughts

We’ve had Boba Guys before and were not super into it. I do like what they are doing and appreciate the real ingredients approach to making their drinks. I just can’t get around that syrup they use. Maybe I’m just so used to the type of sweetness used in most other boba shops that I can’t get my head around theirs. If I do go back, I’ll stick to the other drinks that are less reliant on the syrup and contain a strong other flavor like coffee or horchata.

Boba Guys
6000 Bollinger Canyon Road #1217
San Ramon, CA 94583
bobaguys.com

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