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High Time for Tea

For one college student, brewing up international flavor is in the bag.

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This story appears in the May 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Every day, Edward Lin, a student at the University of California, Riverside, heads to work at the Tapioca Express, a quick-service cafe specializing in boba tea drinks (colorful tea-based specialty drinks with tapioca balls in them) near campus. But Lin, 21, isn't just your average college student looking for extra spending money--he runs the franchise owned by his family's company, Taiwan-based Lin's Enterprise Inc.

On the three days a week Lin has class, he'll come in to the store in the morning to handle all the paperwork and accounting, then go off to his classes in the afternoon. But his day doesn't end there; he returns to the store nearly every night to take care of closing.

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