Boba is more often combined with milky tea, but it makes a fun addition to a homemade latte, too. The tapioca pearls are easy to cook at home — and they add an unusual texture to your coffee drink!
Ready to whip up your new favorite drink? We hope you love this simple iced boba latte recipe as much as we do.
Easy Iced Boba Latte
- Small saucepan
- Espresso machine or coffee maker
- Tall latte glass
- 2 shots espresso or ½ cup strong coffee
- 8 ounces milk any kind
- 2-3 tablespoons boba pearls
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup coffee ice cubes or regular ice
- 1 teaspoon honey or brown sugar
- Pull two shots of espresso or brew ½ cup of strong coffee. Let your espresso or coffee cool.
- Cook your boba tapioca pearls. Follow the instructions on the packaging, or bring ¼ cup of water to a boil. Let the water and tapioca cook on medium for 15 minutes. Then remove from the heat and let the pot sit covered for another 15 minutes. Filter out the water.
- Fill your tall glass with coffee ice cubes. Then add your cooled espresso and milk.
- Add the cooked boba pearls on top. Enjoy your delicious, refreshing drink!
Boba Lattes: FAQ
What is boba, anyway?
Boba (or bubble tea) is a drink that originated in Taiwan. The boba pearls are small balls of tapioca, made from cassava starch. In a drink, they’re chewy, with a neutral flavor that works with various kinds of tea and coffee.
Can you buy pre-cooked boba pearls?
Yes, there are instant boba brands that you can find online or in specialty stores, depending on where you live. Instant boba is easier to work with — you can skip the boiling — but can be harder to find.
What other flavors can you add to a boba latte?
Boba is such a neutrally flavored ingredient that it will work well with almost any coffee flavorings! Try adding mint extract, chocolate syrup, or your favorite spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. A little homemade strawberry syrup or matcha powder might also make for a memorable boba latte.
Can you make a hot boba latte?
You can make a hot version of this latte — skip the ice and steam the milk — but we prefer not to make it too hot. Adding boba pearls to a very hot drink can make them unpleasantly gummy. That’s why boba tea is so often served cold!
We hope this easy iced boba latte recipe helps you satisfy your craving. Boba lattes are delicious and a lot of fun to drink. Just don’t forget the extra thick straw! You’ll be enjoying a unique drink before you know it.
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