Boil ¾ cup of water.If using an electric kettle with a temperature setting, set the water to 175°F. Use filtered water if possible.
Steep tea bags in hot water for 4 minutes.
Discard tea bags and let tea cool. Set aside.
COOK TAPIOCA BALLS
Boil water and add tapioca balls.Boil water in a saucepan on the stovetop then add tapioca balls. Cook on medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Tapioca balls should be soft all the way through.(Follow directions on your tapioca ball packaging if you're using a different brand than the one I’m using.)
Drain tapioca balls.
Combine tea, milk, sweetened condensed milk, taro powder, and 1/2 cup ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake 10 times.
Put tapioca balls into a cup, add taro milk tea and ice.Use an extra wide straw to drink.
The drink is the best when assembled and served immediately when the tapioca balls are still warm. After 4 hours, they’ll start to harden.
Don't wait for the tapioca balls to completely cool down before adding it to the drink. Warm tapioca balls have the perfect chew and they're so much better than when they have cooled down. Just don't add it to the drink when it's hot.
This bubble tea is made with green tea since it pairs well with the taro powder.
If you prefer weaker tea, use 1 tea bag instead of 2 using the same amount of water.
If you don't want to add any tea or caffeine to the drink, just replace the tea with milk or water.
Use an extra wide straw to drink your bubble tea. With each sip, you'll get tapioca balls and the taro milk tea.