Coffee Milk Tea with boba is a bubble drink developed based on Hong Kong style coffee milk tea, which is known as Yuen Yuang Milk tea. Boba pearls add a chewy texture to the creamy, bitter, and sweet coffee milk tea. If you’re an avid coffee-goer like me, you’ll love our easy-to-make delicious coffee with boba recipe.

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What is it

Coffee milk tea with boba (also known as coffee bubble tea ) is a milk tea based drink with round, chewy boba pearls. It is featured by its strongly brewed black tea base and a coffee mixture. It is usually made with sweetened condensed milk (or syrup), milk, black tea, coffee and ice cubes.

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Coffee milk tea with boba Ingredients

The coffee boba recipe’s main ingredients are simply coffee, milk, and boba pearls. You’ll also need sugar and ice to finish the beverage.

If you’ve seen some of the boba tea recipes I’ve shared, you’ll know that I don’t like to scrimp on my milk tea ingredients. So let’s talk about our ingredients a bit further.


Coffee boba should pack a strong caffeine kick. You can use any kind of beans that you have and brew them using the tools you have at home (French press, Aeropress, Espresso machine, etc.).


The drink’s luscious consistency primarily comes from the dairy that you use. It can either be milk, creamer, half and half, or heavy cream.

Milk’s creaminess goes so well with the pronounced taste of the coffee. You can definitely make a dairy-free coffee boba by using plant-based milk.

Black tea base

Coffee milk tea is using a traditional Hong Kong style strongly brewed black tea base. Check our Hong Kong Milk tea tutorial to make the classic version at home, or you can use black tea bags. Remember to steep the tea for a longer time to get a similar taste.

Boba Pearls

Boba pearls (tapioca pearls) come from the cassava root native to South America. Using pre-made tapioca pearls is the easiest thing. Simply boil them in water then let them cool before popping them in the fridge to use when ready.

An excellent swap for boba pearls in coffee boba is crystal jelly and homemade coffee jelly.


In this recipe, I use sweetened condensed milk as the sweetener. It not only adds sweet flavors but also improves the creaminess of the coffee boba. If you don’t have it, you can simply use brown sugar syrup or simple syrup.

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Coffee with boba

Easy homamde coffee milk tea with boba
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Course: milk tea
Keyword: green tea, Passion fruit, passionfruite
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 217kcal


  • 1 tbsp. sweetened condensed milk , can be replaced by simple syrup, brown sugar syrup.
  • 2 black tea bags
  • 300 ml flitered water
  • 2 tsp. instant coffee
  • 100 ml hot water


  • 1/4 cup cooked boba pearls , stirred with syrup or honey.
  • ice cubes


Cook the boba pearls

  • Add the boba pearls into a pot of boiling water (at least 5 times of the volumn of boba pearls). Cook for 15 minutes, then turn off the fire and let it sand for another 5 minutes. Transfer out,rinsing under running water to remove extra starch. Then mix with syrup and set aside.

Tea base

  • Add hot water to black tea bags. Let it steep for around 5 minutes. Then remove the tea bags and let the liquid to cool down aside.


  • Place the boba pearls into two serving glasses (500ml each one), then add ice cubes.
  • Add milk, sweetened condensed milk and black tea.
  • whisk the instant coffee with 100ml hot water. Pour to the serving glass. Stir well before enjoying.



Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 1175IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

How coffee milk tea boba different from other bubble tea

Coffee boba has a sweet and creamy taste with a hint of coffee bitter flavor. You will find the creamy taste from the condensed milk, a chewy texture from the tapioca pearls.

Coffee bubble tea Variations

Thinking of different ways to make coffee boba? Here are some variations that you can try at home.

  • Vietnamese Coffee Boba Vietnamese coffee is one of the most delicious coffees in the world. The coffee is typically a strong and bitter coffee from a full-bodied roast.
  • Dalgona Coffee Boba If you’re using instant coffee, try making this coffee boba twist. It’s fun yet challenging to learn how to whip up instant coffee and sugar together.  It’s also a surefire way to wow guests!
  • Caramel Macchiato Boba Channel is a popular Starbucks drink into your coffee boba drink at home. Sip in all the flavor trimmings of coffee, caramel, and milk combined with fun boba chews. To top it all off, it’s so simple to make.

Is Coffee bubble tea Healthy?

Studies say that drinking one or two cups of coffee is good for you. It may ward off heart issues, Parkinson’s, and even Alzheimer’s. Not to mention that coffee has a ton of antioxidants that help prevent inflammation.

It is a well-known fact that coffee contains caffeine. A substance that can help boost our energy and mood. Many people prefer the immediate effects of caffeine over tea.

If you follow our guide and make cold brew coffee for coffee boba, you may also reap immune system benefits recently uncovered through emerging research.


Does it Have Caffeine?

Coffee boba is typically made up of coffee, dairy, sugar, tapioca pearls, and ice. So the obvious answer is yes, coffee boba contains caffeine.
It’s also higher in caffeine than other milk tea variants. Coffee boba is usually made with cold brew coffee which uses up more coffee beans than regular coffee.
So coffee boba is actually higher in caffeine than both milk tea and a regular cup of java.

Does all boba have coffee?

Not all boba contains coffee. In fact, boba is a popular sweet milk tea beverage that originated in Taiwan.
More variants of boba are tea-based while only a few boba agave coffee in them. Some boba tea variants are fruit based like fruit milk tea and fruit teas (without dairy), vegetable-based like taro milk tea, bean-based like red bean boba or sesame based like black sesame boba.
While these milk tea variants don’t have coffee, tea-based types will have caffeine in them.

What is Coffee Popping Boba

Coffee popping boba is a popular flavor of popping boba. Popping boba is simply a boba sinker that “pops” when bitten.
The sinker comes from the chemical reaction between sodium alginate, calcium chloride, and any liquid flavoring.
There’s an explosion of coffee in the mouth when you sink your teeth into coffee popping boba balls.
You can definitely use coffee popping boba to replace regular tapioca pearls.

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