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Matcha Milk Tea Boba (Matcha Bubble Tea) combines the grassy fresh flavor of matcha with creamy coconut milk and chewy boba pearls. It’s basically a vegan iced matcha latte turned into bubble tea!

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If you enjoy the fresh, grassy sweetness of matcha, you are going to love this drink!

Here we combine gorgeous green matcha tea with luscious coconut milk and chewy boba. It’s a cool, refreshing beverage with notes of earthy matcha, sweet creamy coconut, and bursts of brown sugar-sweetened boba.

It’s essentially an iced matcha latte, but with boba added. This drink is every bit as delicious as what you’d get at a café, teahouse, or boba shop. And you can save money by making it at home!

stirring iced matcha bubble tea

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Verdant matcha. If you like the grassy freshness of matcha, this is the drink for you!
  • Creamy coconut. The creamy richness of coconut milk perfectly rounds out the flavor of matcha.
  • Fun and delicious boba! A regular matcha latte is delicious enough on its own. Add chewy boba to make a matcha milk tea boba and you have something that’s truly unique!
matcha latte bubble tea

The Best Matcha Bubble Tea Recipe

Ingredients

Boba:

  • Water
  • Black tapioca pearls
  • Dark brown sugar

Matcha Milk Tea:

  • Water
  • Matcha powder
  • Simple syrup
  • Prepared tapioca pearls (boba)
  • Ice
  • Canned light coconut milk
matcha green tea powder

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Make the Boba

Boil the tapioca pearls for 20 minutes, and then rinse and drain them (reserving some of the cooking liquid). Transfer them to back to the pot they cooked in along with the reserved cooking liquid and some brown sugar, and let them steep for 20 minutes. Drain the boba except for 2 tablespoons of the liquid. It’s ready to use!

For step-by-step pictures showing how to make boba, take a look at my post How to Make Bubble Tea (Easy Boba Tea Recipe).

Step 2: Make the Green Tea

Whisk or shake matcha powder and water together until frothy.

Step 3: Assemble the Drinks

Add simple syrup, prepared boba, ice, coconut milk, and matcha tea to each glass. Enjoy immediately!

matcha milk tea

Tips

  • Coconut Milk: Use full-fat canned coconut milk for an even richer beverage.
  • Vanilla: Add about 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract per drink for a mild vanilla flavor that complements green tea well.
  • Green Tea: For the best flavor, use ceremonial grade organic matcha powder. And make sure to mix it with water until it’s frothy!
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Matcha Bubble Tea FAQs

What Does Matcha Milk Tea Taste Like?

Matcha has an earthy “greeness” to it. It has a bright, grassy taste with subtle notes of sweetness, nuttiness, bitterness, and savory umami flavors.

The sweet, creamy richness of coconut milk is a delicious pairing with matcha. Coconut milk helps mellow out the bitter undertones of matcha, and adds its own subtle sweetness.

As a result, matcha milk tea is a blend of earthy matcha and creamy coconut milk for a delicious, refreshing, and invigorating drink.

How Much Caffeine is in Matcha?

An eight-ounce cup of matcha made with 1 teaspoon of matcha powder typically contains 70 milligrams of caffeine. As a comparison, a regular cup of coffee can range from 95 to 200 milligrams of caffeine. (Read more about the caffeine content of matcha on Women’s Health.)

What’s in a Matcha Latte?

A matcha latte is usually made with matcha tea (which contains matcha powder and water) and steamed milk. You can use any type of milk you like, and it’s common to see a matcha latte available hot or iced.

My preference for a matcha latte is iced with coconut milk and a splash of vanilla – it’s mellow and delicious!

matcha milk tea recipe

More Tea Drinks to Try

matcha coconut milk bubble tea

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Matcha Bubble Tea (Matcha Milk Tea Boba)

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Other Time20 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Matcha Milk Tea Boba (Matcha Bubble Tea) combines the grassy fresh flavor of matcha with creamy coconut milk and chewy boba pearls. It’s basically a vegan iced matcha latte turned into bubble tea!

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Ingredients
 

Boba:

Matcha Milk Tea:

Instructions
 

For the Boba:

  • Add the water to a 5-quart pot, and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, add the tapioca pearls and boil for 20 minutes. They will float to the top fairly early in the cooking process; when this happens give them a stir.
  • After boiling for 20 minutes, reserve 2 cups of the cooking liquid, and then rinse and drain the boba.
  • Put the boba back into the pot. Stir in the reserved 2 cups of cooking liquid and the brown sugar. Cover the pot and let the boba steep for 20 minutes. Drain the boba except for 2 tablespoons of the liquid (this small amount of liquid will help prevent the pearls from sticking together).

For the Matcha Milk Tea:

  • While the boba is steeping, make the tea.
  • Add the lukewarm water and matcha powder to a glass jar with a lid and give it a good shake until foamy. Alternatively, add them to a bowl and whisk until it’s frothy.

To Assemble the Bubble Milk Tea:

  • To each of 4 glasses, add the following in this order: 2 tablespoons simple syrup, 1/2 cup prepared boba, 3/4 cup ice, 1/2 cup coconut milk, and then divide the matcha tea between the 4 glasses (each glass gets about 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons of matcha tea).
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

  • How Much Boba This Makes: 1 2/3 cups of dry black tapioca pearls cooks up to be about 2 cups of prepared boba. About 1/2 cup of prepared boba is a good amount for each drink, so you will get 4 drinks from 1 2/3 cups of dry tapioca pearls.
  • Simple Syrup: To make about 1/4 cup of simple syrup, combine 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 cup filtered water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, and then boil for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature before using. Feel free to add more or less to taste.
  • Best Served Immediately: Cooked tapioca pearls continue to absorb liquid. This causes them to expand more and take on a gummy texture. Additionally, you may have trouble getting them through a straw (even a large bubble tea straw) if this drink sits for quite a while.
  • Can I Prepare Boba in Advance? For the best flavor and texture, I recommend eating boba immediately after making it. However, if you prepare extra tapioca pearls, you can store them in simple syrup in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  • Coconut Milk: Use full-fat canned coconut milk for an even richer beverage.
  • Vanilla: Add about 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract per drink for a mild vanilla flavor that complements green tea well.
  • Green Tea: For the best flavor, use ceremonial grade organic matcha powder. And make sure to mix it with water until it’s frothy!

Nutrition

Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 102g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Taiwanese
Keyword: Matcha Bubble Tea, Matcha Milk Tea, Matcha Milk Tea Boba

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