Need a caffeine fix but still want your delicious boba? Boba coffee is the answer (to most questions).
Maybe you’re not a fan of tea anyway or you really need to stay awake through a meeting.
Whatever your reason, coffee boba makes for an equally delicious drink to boba tea.
Find out what types of coffee boba there are and how to make them at home.
There are as many varieties of bubble coffee as there is bubble tea. Want it hot, cold, sweet, strong, or bitter (like me)?
There’s a boba coffee to suit.
Here are a few popular ones for you.
A boba latte can be taken hot or cold and is a sweet yet strong coffee drink. It contains, boba (duh), espresso, sugar, milk, and (optionally) ice.
It’s easy to make a boba latte at home.
A Vietnamese iced boba coffee contains sweetened condensed milk instead of a typical coffee recipe. This gives it a thicker consistency with a sweeter flavor.
A dalgona boba coffee is a type of whipped coffee. It’s gone viral recently and it’s not hard to see why with its impressive looking foam top with a milky drink below.
To try the viral sensation out at home (even just to take some trendy pics), see the recipe see our dalgona boba coffee post!
This coffee boba is a simple one but that’s what makes it so tasty. A refreshing iced boba coffee on a sunny day that cools you down yet packs a caffeine punch. What more could you want?
A cold brew has usually been steeped in cold water for a while which gives it a stronger flavor.
While it’s strong, it has a sweet undercurrent (kind of like Henry Cavill).
To make your own Henry Cavill (I wish), I mean boba cold brew at home, try this recipe.
A boba latte is a normal latte with coffee, milk (any kind of milk from coconut milk to oat milk), and sugar but with boba pearls. If you add anything to boba it’s great, so why not?
You can have a boba latte either hot or cold (but not too hot or the boba pearls could melt). Simply let your latte cool and add ice for a refreshing icy boba latte.
A boba latte is a beautiful balance between sweetness and the bitterness of coffee. The chewiness of the tapioca pearls gives a nice contrast against the smooth drink. When you bite into the tapioca pearls you get an extra hint of sweetness. The perfect blend to get both a sugar and a caffeine hit.
For the sweetener you can add white or brown sugar or maple syrup. For a vegan boba version use non-diary milk like pecan, oat milk, or coconut milk.
To mix it up a bit you can experiment by adding different toppings such as caramel syrup, chocolate, or any other flavor for extra sweetness.
This coffee is about 344 calories with the tapioca pearls, espresso, and milk (never mind any other syrups but we’ll not talk about that).
If you have a sweet tooth, then the Vietnamese iced coffee smoothie with boba is the way to go.
Just like most other boba coffees, this one has espresso, tapioca balls, sugar, and ice, but the difference is the sweetened condensed milk.
The condensed milk gives a thicker consistency which is why it’s more of a smoothie. The espresso cuts through the sweetness of the condensed milk and the cooked boba pearls give another burst of sweetness when you bite into them.
To be authentic, buy Vietnamese coffee and use a traditional Vietnamese coffee filter (a phin filter) to make your coffee.
The Vietnamese coffee filters are like a little pot with holes you put on top of the cup, and they are slower to filter.
Check our Vietnamese egg coffee or types of coffee posts to learn more about how to prepare Vietnamese coffee!
Dalgona coffee is a type of whipped coffee. It became popular when actor Jung Il-woo tried it on a South Korean TV show and compared it to dalgona candy.
Dalgona candy was made famous by the Netflix series Squid Game where the contestants had to cut out shapes from the yellow candy or else be shot in the head. Lovely.
There are other versions of whipped coffee in India, Pakistan and Greece but this is the one that has gone viral.
It is created by mixing instant coffee (it has to be instant coffee to stabilize the foam), sugar, and water together to create a thick foam like cream. Then you add milk and ice and of course add boba pearls.
It looks impressive with its spiraling foam top, which is rich, smooth, and light. Paired with the milk and ice it is a creamy and refreshing drink.
Boba iced coffee is one of the easiest boba coffee drinks you can make with simple ingredients.
Simply make your coffee, add it to your reusable bubble tea cup, and add milk (or not), ice cubes, and tapioca pearls. Delicious. It’s smooth and is best if you want to get a strong coffee flavor.
Make sure you use good quality coffee, or this will affect the taste. Grind your beans as near to brewing as possible for optimum flavor. You can cook your tapioca starch pearls or use the microwave to heat up a packet of them - just follow the package instructions.
A cold brew coffee is often made by coarsely grinding coffee and adding it to cold water for about 24 hours. This lets the coffee infuse for longer to give a deeper flavor.
This is the equivalent of an iced tea only with coffee and pearls. A boba cold brew coffee is sweet, light, and refreshing.
A boba latte includes coffee, milk, either white sugar or brown sugar, ice and boba. A boba iced coffee isn’t as milky or sweet.
Yes! Trader Joe’s has a Cold Brew Coffee and Boba Ice Cream, but you could also make it at home. If you live in a large urban area, check your local asian grocery store. They have the best boba ice cream flavors!
A bubble tea coffee with milk (that's cows milk and not almond milk or any other plant based milk types), and tapioca pearls contains around 53g carbs, 14g fat, and 340 calories.
Not the best drink if you’re on a diet!
To quote Joshua Block’s Coffee and Boba song, “And the caffeine I get from the coffee”.
Yes. That is a real song. And yes, there is caffeine in boba coffee.
Black coffee contains around 70-140 mg of caffeine per 8 oz cup. As boba coffee contains black coffee then it will contain caffeine.
You could, however, substitute it with decaf (although this still has a little caffeine) or green tea.
Boba coffee is becoming its own thing, so we don’t consider it bubble tea. It does not contain any tea! Mixing coffee with tea is probably a bad idea taste wise!
Coffee boba has as much variety as bubble tea and it makes for equally delicious drinks.
It’s quick and easy to make boba at home that's as good as you'd get in the coffee shops. It's great too for the whole family to enjoy, or you can make it in the morning and take it to work.
You should be warned, drink coffee boba at your own risk, you may become addicted!
This article is intended for informational purposes only. It is not meant to replace professional medical advice, treatment or diagnosis. Do not consume any type of coffee, tea or herbal infusion if you are allergic to it. The information in this article is not intended to treat serious medical conditions. Please seek professional medical advice before using home remedies.