My first introduction to bubble tea came at the Mall of America early in my college years. For eleven of the fifteen minutes respite I got from smoothing out the denim wall at the Gap, I was darting through a pedestrian highway en route to mollify my new addiction. It’s shockingly easy to become hooked on this Taiwanese import: The combination of creamy milk, iced sweet tea and chewy tapioca pearls (the “bubbles,” also called boba) is like a caffeinated milkshake with bonus gummies. At GoCha Tea 2 (4111 Pennsylvania Ave., KCMO) in Westport, there are endless flavor combinations for bubble tea (and coffee, if that’s your pleasure) — everything from a lavender-hued taro root milk tea to jasmine tea finished with a savory cream cheese milk foam (“mustache tea”) — and all drinks can be customized to sweetness preference. Bubble tea newbies would do well to start with a strawberry matcha latte. In it you’ll find pretty layers of Japanese green tea, opaque white milk (your choice between two percent, soy, almond or coconut) and jewel-toned fruit — with round pearls mixed in, of course.