Coffee Milk Tea with Boba

This Coffee Milk Tea is a smooth and refreshing drink that really hits the spot! And it gets even more fun with chewy and delicious boba.
Servings: 1
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Time: 15 mins

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Coffee Milk Tea is the ultimate midday pick me up. With cozy black tea, bold coffee, sweet boba, and creamy half and half, you can’t help but smile when drinking it!

Two glasses with iced coffee and boba.

When I think about guilty pleasures, bubble tea is up there. It is a rather expensive habit that brings me so much joy. My favorite part is the flavor combinations and that you can specify exactly how sweet you want it! Like why isn’t everyone doing this?

Bubble tea is, in short, milk tea with boba pearls. Sometimes it’s coffee instead of tea and sometimes, when you’re feeling crazy, it’s both tea and coffee. Enter coffee milk tea. This is typically what I go for when ordering boba drinks. Thankfully, it’s pretty simple to make this at home, so let’s get cracking!

Looking for more milk teas? Try one of these – Jasmine Milk Tea, Honeydew Milk Tea, and Lavender Milk Tea.

Table of Contents

Ingredients and Substitutions

Overhead view of coffee milk tea ingredients on a table.

 

All substitutions are a 1:1 substitute unless otherwise noted

Coffee: We recommend using a strong dark roast coffee or espresso for this boba coffee.

Substitutions: Any of your favorite dark roast or espresso roast coffee will work, you can even use instant coffee or cold brew coffee.

 

Half and Half: Half and half is great for this drink because it has a higher fat content that whole milk

Substitutions: Any type of milk or non-dairy milk you like can be used, this includes coconut milk, almond milk, oat milk, whole milk, or other.

 

Honey: I like to make this coffee boba tea with a touch of sweetness. So, feel free to adjust the amount of honey you add so it fits your liking.

Substitutions: Maple syrup, brown sugar syrup, simple syrup, coconut sugar, white sugar, or condensed milk can be used. If using condensed milk, this is known as Hong Kong Style tea.

 

Black Tea: We used an earl gray tea bag but you could use any strong flavor of black tea you like.

Substitutions: Any black tea leaves can be used. We just recommend a stronger flavor since it is equal parts coffee and tea. Green tea and Thai tea is another great option!

 

Boba: Boba, or tapioca pearls, are those little black blobs that sit at the bottom of coffee boba tea. They are usually made with tapioca starch flour but can be made with rice flour.

Substitutions: Any boba can be used or it can be left out of this coffee tea drink. It can be found on Amazon here or at most Asian markets.

 

How to Make this – Step by Step

Making this coffee milk tea boba recipe really couldn’t be simpler! Just a few steps for a delicious drink.

Step one: Make the coffee. We use fresh ground coffee beans and a French press to make our hot coffee, but you can use any method you like.

 

Step Two: Make the boba: Heat water in a small saucepan and add the pearls to the boiling water. Stir occasionally and cook for approximately 5 minutes. You’ll know the pearls are done when they float to the top of the water. Once they float, strain them out with a slotted spoon or mesh strainer. Transfer to serving glasses and top with a splash of agave and stir to keep the from sticky.

Black boba pearls in a strainer.

 

Step three: Next, heat the milk in the microwave or over the stove. Once hot, stir the honey in and add the tea bag. Let this steep for 5 minutes, then remove the tea bag.

Pouring honey into a bowl with milk and a tea bag.

 

Step four: Let everything cool, then pour the boba into a cup, (add ice cubes if desired), then pour the milk tea mixture and the coffee in. Stir everything together and enjoy!

Pouring coffee into a glass with boba, ice and milk.

 

Watch How to Make This – Step by Step

 

Joy Tip!

Need to make this quicker? Try using store bought cold brew coffee or make coffee ice cubes! The milk does have to be heated in order for the tea to steep properly, but by using cold brew coffee you can enjoy it much sooner. And, if using coffee ice cubes, you can pour the hot milk directly onto them and not worry about watering down your drink from melted ice cubes!

 

Facts and Common Questions

What is coffee milk tea?

It is simply a combination of coffee and tea with milk into a latte type drink. It can be served as a hot drink or an iced coffee. This recipe is inspired by, but not the exact same, as the Yuanyang tea that’s a popular drink served at coffee shops in Hong Kong.

 

Does coffee milk tea have caffeine?

Yes! It actually has quite a lot with the combination of black tea and coffee. To reduce the caffeine, try using decaf coffee.

 

Are tapioca pearls sweet?

Yes, tapioca pearls can be sweet. It depends on what kind but generally, they are made with tapioca and brown sugar making them sweet.

 

What does this drink taste like?

I describe this coffee milk tea taste as a café latte with a hint of tea mixed in. It’s seriously so good! I am a huge fan of lattes and I really think this tastes better.

 

Want to Save it for Later?  Here’s how!

This milk tea coffee can be made in advance without the boba and stored in the fridge for up to a week to enjoy throughout the week.

Stirrign a glass with coffee, milk, and boba with a straw.

 

 

Fun Fact

We love coffee, and especially with milk, tea, and boba! We’re fortunate to get to enjoy this drink, but not everyone is so lucky. Did you know that it’s been banned from public consumptions throughout history? Yep! In both the 17th Century Ottoman empire and Mecca in 1511! So be grateful you didn’t live in those times when you sip your coffee milk tea (source).

 

Recipes to Enjoy With Milk Tea!

Gluten Free Matcha Brownies

Honey Mug Cake

Oat Milk Pancakes

 

Did you try this and love it? Leave us a review, we would love to hear from you!

Coffee with milk and boba pears in a tall glass.

Coffee Milk Tea With Boba

Servings: 1
Total Time: 15 minutes
This Coffee Milk Tea is a smooth and refreshing drink that really hits the spot! And it gets even more fun with chewy and delicious boba.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: black tea, boba, bubble, bubble tea, buttermilk, coffee, tapioca pearls
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Calories: 472 kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Make the coffee. We use fresh ground coffee beans and a french press to make our hot coffee, but you can use any method you like.
  • Make the boba: Heat water in a small saucepan and add the pearls to the boiling water. Stir occasionally and cook for approximately 5 minutes. You'll know the pearls are done when they float to the top of the water. Once they float, strain them out with a slotted spoon or mesh strainer. Transfer to serving glasses and top with a splash of agave and stir to keep the from sticky.
    Black boba pearls in a strainer.
  • Next, heat the milk in the microwave or over the stove. Once hot, stir the honey in and add the tea bag. Let this steep for 5 minutes, then remove the tea bag.
    Pouring honey into a bowl with milk and a tea bag.
  • Let everything cool, then pour the boba into a cup, (add ice cubes if desired), then pour the milk tea mixture and the coffee in. Stir everything together and anjoy!
    Pouring coffee into a glass with boba, ice and milk.

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Notes

Nutritional information is an estimate and for informational purposes only.

Nutrition

Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 391mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 857IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 268mg | Iron: 1mg
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3 Comments

  1. Jason

    5 stars
    I very much enjoyed this!

    Reply
  2. Lisa

    5 stars
    This is my new weekend pick-me-up so thanks for sharing this post!

    Reply
  3. Liam

    5 stars
    Wow, this is so tasty for my morning start!

    Reply

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