Become a Franchisee

Join the Boba Tea Revolution!

Own one of the newest and most exciting food and
drink franchises in the US.

Step 1


  1. Fill out our Franchise Application(s) and email it back to us.
  2. To proceed with your application, we require you to pay $25 (per applicant) to run you and/or your partner’s credit report. After you fill out application forms, please contact our sales team and pay here. Please note that the $25 is not refundable. Pay Now
  3. Provide us with your resume.
  4. Provide your past 6-month personal financial statement to Tapioca Express Inc. Tapioca Express requires applicants to show a total of $200,000~$250,000 in liquid assets.
  5. Tapioca Express will review your application and may request you to provide additional information, if necessary.

Step 2


  1. Meet with our Franchise Manager for an in-depth overview of TE’s franchise concept and franchise system.
  2. Qualification, evaluation, and approval will be determined.
  3. Review our FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document).
  4. Sign our Franchise Agreement.

Step 3

Location Assessment

  1. Review the criteria for location selection.
  2. Arrange site visits and submit your letter of intent.
  3. Review and sign the lease for your location.

Step 4

Store Built-out

  1. Receive our TE spec book.
  2. A complete site floor plan will need to be approved by TE.
  3. A complete site plan must be approved by the local government.
  4. Begin construction work at the site.
  5. Receive training from our Restaurant Operations Team while your store is being built. You will also receive a TE operations manual.

Step 5

Grand Opening

  1. During this period, you will start training store employees.
  2. Pass all of the inspections from local governmental agencies.
  3. Receive 3-day store opening support from TE headquarter during your Soft Opening.
  4. Grand Opening and store officially opens.
  5. TE Headquarter will conduct a store audit.

The Opportunity

As Boba Tea and Taiwanese culinary exports continue to grow in popularity across the world, Tapioca Express is perfectly positioned to begin a period of rapid expansion across the US – and we want you to be a part of this exciting, low-cost franchise opportunity.

As the first boba tea store in the US, and now with 20 years of experience behind us, we continue to harvest the finest ingredients from Taiwan to provide quality teas, boba, and snacks. As boba continues to rise to the popularity of coffee and regular tea, our passion for fostering communities, creating new and exciting experiences, and strengthening our brand is stronger than ever.

Our Story

Crafting the finest boba tea and Taiwanese snacks since 1999

Wayne and Stephanie, passionate about their Taiwanese heritage, opened the first Tapioca Express store in the San Gabriel Valley in 1999 – one of the very first boba tea franchise chains in the United States.

Since the beginning, Tapioca Express has harvested only the finest ingredients from Taiwan to continually provide quality teas, boba, and snacks. However, we did not foresee that boba’s popularity would manifest into its own culture and become an abundant everyday lifestyle seen across the world.

Today, Tapioca Express’s food and drink franchises continue to expand across California and into other states, including Washington, Texas, and Virginia. In our two decades of brewing experience, we have always focused on nurturing and enriching communities with the finest teas, coffee, and boba.

Why Tapioca Express?

Tapioca Express is here to provide you with an exciting, low-cost boba franchise opportunity, including full training and support to help you run and maintain a successful franchise business.

So, if you’re an entrepreneur with a passion for hospitality, looking for one of the best food and beverage franchise opportunities in the US, why not contact us?

As a franchisee, you will enjoy:

Over 20 Years of Experience

Reliable & Trustworthy

With over 20 years of successful experience in the food & beverage field, our trainers, leaders, and advisors are the most reliable partners you can have when starting your new bubble tea franchise business.

Exclusive Products & Ingredients

Product Variety

We offer a large variety of drinks and snacks with regular new additions for you to choose from, along with exclusive, sought-after food ingredients that are extremely popular in the market. We continually create and improve our products in line with seasons and the latest trends. In fact, our inventive, monthly signature drinks lead the boba team market trends here in the US.

Grand Opening Support

1-2 days of on-site marketing assistance

For your grand opening, we offer 1-2 days of on-site assistance and marketing support, including all marketing materials and proven social media strategy.

Comprehensive Hands-On Training Program

Expert preparation

We provide a comprehensive 5-8 day, hands-on training program for your franchise employees that covers food, drink, business, and daily operation to make sure you are well equipped to be a successful franchise owner.

Our Vision, Your Mission

We would love to hear from you if you are a motivated and enthusiastic entrepreneur seeking for your next franchise business opportunity in the US. Our goal is to build on our existing franchises in Texas, California, Washington, and Virginia to establish Tapioca Express sites all across the country, offering gathering places and delectable cuisine from Taiwan.

Why not get in touch with the team if you believe that our brand and ambition match your skill set and you would like to jump aboard for our period of rapid expansion!



How much is average gross sales for a Tapioca Express store?
The financial performance or profitability of a Tapioca Express franchise varies depending on store location, management skill, operation experience, and numerous other factors. An estimate of a proposed store would be too speculative to be meaningful. Thus, as a matter of policy, we do not make any earnings claims. None of our employees or agent are authorized to provide you with projections of your earnings, sales, or profitability. We urge you to retain the services of experienced professionals such as financial advisers, lawyers, accountants, etc.
Could I just purchase your products or receive training without becoming a franchisee?
While we reserve the right to sell our product via different channels in the future in the franchise agreement, we have no current plans to do so. We currently provide our products and training for our franchise stores only.
How much is the start-up cost to open a Tapioca Express store?
Our start-up cost is around $200,000 ~$527,000 in liquid assets, including an initial Tapioca Express payment of $51,000.00.
What is the initial Tapioca Express payment?
The initial payment to Tapioca Express of $51,000 consists of a few things. (1) There is a $15,000 initial franchise fee for five years. After the initial five years, you will have a renewal option of $3,000 for an additional two years. Also, (2) there is a $10,000 product deposit fee to secure your future payment obligation to us. The product deposit is refundable at the termination of our franchise agreement. (3) There is also a $3,000 training fee for a 10-day training program. (4) There is a $17,000 payment for three mandatory equipment purchase, which includes a POS cash register, Espresso Machine, and a water purifying system. (5) There is a $6,000 fee for marketing materials including menu boards, to-go menu, loyalty card, and other marketing-related materials.
Why do I need $200,000 ~ $527,000 for start up?
Besides $51,000 as an initial payment to Tapioca Express, there are some other expenses you should expect. For example, construction costs range from $30,000 to $150,000. The cost of equipment ranges from $30,000 to $70,000. The cost of furniture & fixture ranges from $6,000 to 15,000. Initial inventory costs range from $9,000 to $20,000. And, other costs & expenses range from $27,500 to 113,500
Do you charge Royalty and Marketing fees?
Yes, we do charge Royalty and Marketing fees like other franchises. As a part of on-going obligations, you will pay a monthly Royalty equal 2.5% of your Gross Revenue each month or $500, whichever is greater. Marketing fee meaning equal to 0.5% of your gross sales or $100, whichever is greater. Therefore, the total percentage charged will be 3% or $600, whichever is greater.