One of my best friends went to Pomona College and now lives in Taipei. He swears by the boba (the tapioca, not just the tea itself) at a particular place in-- drat, I can't even think of the name of the town right now. In any case, he pointed out a machine and said that the boba was made in small batches to ensure freshness. Since this was years ago I can't quite remember if the boba was much different other than being warmer (from having been fresly made, I suppose) and perhaps softer than the boba at some other places.
Can anyone recommend a place with good boba-- not just the drinks-- in the metro-LA area? Or does it not really matter so much since most places mask everything with the flavor of the drinks?