The 814: Andora’s Bubble Tea has something for everyone

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Mackenzie Zent, Contributing Writer

In downtown Erie, Andora’s Bubble Tea Shop is a must-visit location for any bubble tea lovers at Mercyhurst.

Owners Andy and Rora Steinmetz opened the business a little over two years ago in May of 2019, and it has been growing rapidly ever since.

Customers can order inside or do curbside pick-up if they are in a hurry. There is a wide variety of teas, juices, lemonades and milk teas to choose from with the choice of tapioca pearls, popping boba or fruit jellies to put inside.

Unlike other bubble tea places that only offer tapioca or boba, Andora’s offers a more unique se-lection with the fruit jellies.

Online, the menu has all of their signature drinks like the house blend milk tea, taro milk tea, matcha latte and more.

They also offer a seasonal menu with their current most popular item being the pumpkin pie pearl milk with tapioca. The new seasonal flavors are perfect for the cool upcoming fall weather. I personally can’t wait to go back to try them. There is another section on the menu that allows customers to create their own custom drinks. They have over 17 different flavors of juice to choose from, and you can combine up to three flavors.

I ordered the passion fruit lemonade with strawberry boba, and it did not disappoint. The passion fruit juice was sweet yet offset by the tanginess of the lemonade, and I loved it. The strawberry boba also paired perfectly with the flavors I chose. It was one of the best bubble tea drinks I have ever had.

Something I really liked was instead of plastic straws, they gave out eco-friendly ones made from bamboo. I love when small businesses go the extra mile to be environmentally conscious, and I thought this was a nice touch to the whole experience.

The shop itself is aesthetically adorable. Outside they have a pride flag hanging up above the entrance which makes all customers feel welcome.

There are a few tables outside to sit at, and a chalkboard out front with some of the seasonal drinks they offer written on it. Inside Andora’s, the atmosphere is positive and relaxing.

They not only sell bubble tea, but also merchandise such as t-shirts, tank tops and bags with their logo on them. While waiting in line, you can browse through the international Taiwanese snacks they sell such as different flavors of KitKats, sweet bread, Ramune soda and so much more.

Next to these, they also sell other fun items such as key-chains, earrings, pins and stickers. Many of the earrings and key-chains were little cups of bubble tea in different colors. Not only was the merchandise cute, it was also very on-brand for the shop.

Overall, I really enjoyed the experience, and I am excited to go back and try more!

Andora’s Bubble Tea Shop is located at 516 State Street; stop by and try it for yourself!