How To Make Bubble Tea at Home

Bubble tea is a fun drink–and I’m an avid tea drinker.  But not all bubble tea locations use real tea in their beverages!  I noticed a few shops use artificial powders and as an avid tea drinker, this bummed me out a bit, as there wasn’t really ‘tea’ in my drink! I’ve tried a few methods at home, finally coming up with a recipe I can make…with real tea! 


The type of tea you use is ultimately up to you. If you’re a beginner to making bubble tea, it may be easier to purchase your favorite iced tea and have it ready. I personally like using matcha or iced tea bags. Tazo and Lipton make iced tea bags. Loose tea also works, as well!

Yields: 2 Servings


1 Cup of  Black Tapioca Pearls: Make sure the package instructions indicate that they cook in five minutes. 

(Wu Fyu Yuan or E-Fa are great brands).  Black tapioca pearls are important as they are much easier to work with.

6 Cups of Water (For bubbles)

Wide Smoothie or Bubble Tea Straws (My Local Asian Market offers a bunch for just $3, Amazon does sell some, as well).

Tablespoon of Dark brown or Regular Sugar



1.) Prepare your tea. Make sure to follow the recommended steeping time–different types of tea (such as black, and green), have their own unique steeping times! You can make bubble tea hot or iced. If you are making ice bubble tea, double the amount of tea you are using, so your tea will not lose flavor when you add your ice. 

2.) Boil your water for the pearls–once your water is boiled, place your cup of tapioca pearls in for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the pearls begin to float in the on top of your water, they are done! 

3.) Drain the water from your pearls. If you are making iced bubble tea, put them under cold water for a half a minute to cool them down. 

4.) Pour the cooked bubble tea pearls into your tea, and enjoy! 



  • Tapioca bubble tea only lasts for a few hours before the tapioca becomes hard and stale. I recommend drinking your tea right away.
  • “Popping” bubble tea pearls , also known as boba, are made from fruit juice and last much longer.
  • Do not put hot bubble tea drinks in glass cups–the cups may break! 

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