Matcha Bubble Tea (Boba Tea)

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Get my tips and tricks to make this delicious and refreshing matcha bubble tea (boba tea) at home without any fancy tools.

How to make matcha bubble tea

Matcha Bubble Tea

Matcha green tea, oat milk, dark brown sugar, some tapioca balls and you’ve got yourself a pretty looking (and pretty delicious) matcha bubble tea.

Bubble tea is an iced drink that was created in Taiwan in the 80s. It’s made with tea, milk, sugar, and tapioca balls. (The tapioca balls, also known as boba, are why the drink is called bubble tea.)

  • It’s easier than you think it is to make!
  • Layered so it’s super pretty. I’ll show you my trick to make layered drinks.
  • Made with warm tapioca balls, my secret to making the best bubble tea!

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Questions You May Have

Is there caffeine in this drink?
There is! There’s caffeine in matcha so there’s caffeine in this drink.

What’s the best matcha to use for this recipe?
For matcha in recipes, I like to spend around $20-$30. Color indicates the matcha quality so if it’s under $10, that means the green won’t be as vibrant — you may end up with a drink that looks more brown than green. My pick: Encha Matcha.

Do I need any fancy matcha tools like a bamboo whisk to make this?
Nope! All you need is a wide-mouth water bottle or a cocktail shaker.

What’s the secret to getting the matcha separated from the milk so that it looks layered?
Sugar and ice is the secret. Whatever has the most sugar content will sink to the bottom. Ice helps to keep the layers in place.

How long are tapioca balls good for?
Tapioca balls must be made the same day, within a couple of hours of making and drinking the bubble tea. They only last up to 4 hours — after that they’ll just harden and won’t be good to eat.

How big is a serving for this recipe?
I’m using a 17 oz cup, which is a little bigger than a Starbucks grande (16 oz).

Matcha Bubble Tea Tips

  • Find the brightest green matcha without going over $30.
  • To make iced matcha, you can use any airtight container. A cocktail shaker or a water bottle with a wide mouth work great.
  • If you don’t have dark brown sugar, you can make the sugar syrup using any kind of sweetener like honey, maple syrup, or regular white sugar. I just prefer the taste of dark brown sugar for this drink.

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Matcha bubble tea ingredients

What I Use to Make Matcha Bubble Tea

Matcha bubble tea

How to Make Matcha Bubble Tea at Home

There are three layers to this matcha bubble tea.

  • Tapioca balls in a dark brown simple syrup
    This part takes the longest but it’s pretty straightforward and not hard to make.
  • Oat milk straight from the carton.
  • Matcha green tea shaken in cold water.

Boba balls

Make Brown sugar simple syrup

STEP 1: Boil 1/4 cup water and stir dark brown sugar until it dissolves. 

In a small saucepan, bring 1/4 cup of water to a boil and stir in 1/4 cup dark brown sugar. (If you don’t have dark brown sugar, regular brown sugar works too.)

Set aside.

Make tapioca balls

STEP 2: Boil water and add tapioca balls. Cook for 15 minutes.

In a bigger pot, (I’m using a 2-quart cast iron pot), bring 4 cups of water to a boil then add the tapioca balls.

They’ll start to float to the surface in a couple of minutes — at this point, cover and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes. Stir every once in a while.

If you’re using a different brand of tapioca balls from what I’m using, follow the directions on the packaging.

STEP 3: Strain tapioca balls.

Drain the water out.

Tapioca pearls in dark brown sugar syrup

STEP 4: Pour brown sugar simple syrup into pot with tapioca balls.

The brown sugar simple syrup will sweeten the bubble tea and the tapioca balls.

Set aside to cool slightly.

The tapioca balls are ready when they’re nice and warm but not hot.

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Matcha for matcha bubble tea

Matcha for matcha bubble tea


Make matcha

STEP 5: Combine cold water and matcha. Shake for 15 seconds.

In an airtight container, pour in cold filtered water then matcha powder. Put the lid on and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.

INSTANT MATCHA. Ta da!

So easy. No need for any matcha bowls or bamboo whisks or hot water. It creates perfect, clump-free matcha each and every time.

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Assembling matcha bubble tea

Assemble drink

STEP 6: Divide each component into two cups. Spoon tapioca balls in brown sugar simple syrup, add ice, then milk, and matcha.

This recipe makes two servings, so just split all the components in half to make each drink.

First, the boba (or tapioca balls) in the dark brown simple syrup goes in.

I’m using 17 oz cups. These are a tiny bit bigger than a Starbucks grande which is 16 oz.

Boba and ice for matcha bubble tea

Add ice.

Oat milk for matcha bubble tea

Pour in the oat milk.

If you don’t have or like oat milk, you can replace it with any kind of milk you like.

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Cold brewed matcha for matcha bubble tea

And the final layer, the cold matcha. Pour the matcha slowly over the ice. This will create a lovely layer between the matcha and the milk.

Pop in an extra wide straw and make sure to swirl to mix all the layers together before drinking.

Done!

Matcha Bubble Tea

Author: Jee Choe
Get my secrets to making the best matcha bubble tea at home.
4.6 from 20 votes
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Drinks
Yield2 servings

INGREDIENTS
 

Matcha Latte

Dark Brown Simple Syrup

Tapioca Balls

INSTRUCTIONS

MAKE BROWN SUGAR SIMPLE SYRUP

  • Boil 1/4 cup water and stir dark brown sugar until it dissolves. 
    Set aside.

MAKE TAPIOCA BALLS

  • Boil water and add tapioca balls. Cook for 15 minutes.
    In a pot, (I’m using a 2-quart cast iron pot), bring 4 cups of water to a boil then add the tapioca balls. They’ll start to float to the surface in a couple of minutes and at that point, cover and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes. Stir every once in a while.
    (Follow directions on your tapioca ball packaging if you're using a different brand than the one I'm using.)
  • Strain tapioca balls.
  • Pour brown sugar simple syrup into pot with tapioca balls.
    Set aside to cool slightly. The tapioca balls are ready when they're nice and warm but not hot.

MAKE MATCHA

  • Combine cold water and matcha. Shake for 15 seconds.
    In an airtight container, combine cold water and matcha powder and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.

ASSEMBLE DRINK

  • Divide each component into two cups. Spoon tapioca balls in brown sugar simple syrup, add ice, then milk, and matcha.
    Stir together before drinking.

NUTRITION

Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 95g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 569IU | Calcium: 314mg | Iron: 3mg
Keyword green tea bubble tea, matcha milk bubble tea
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5 thoughts on “Matcha Bubble Tea (Boba Tea)”

    • Hi Steve, yes, you drink it through the giant straw and if a boba makes its way up, you chew it before eating it.

      Reply
    • Hi Monica, make sure the layer under the next layer has more sugar than the layer above it. Pour slowly, and it shouldn’t mix.

      Reply

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