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Create Your Own Matcha Boba Tea at Home (Bubble Tea)

Discover how to make a delicious and refreshing matcha boba tea drink at home, in the comfort of your own home with our step-by-step recipe.

Boba tea, globally recognized as bubble tea, has taken the world by storm. But have you ever tried matcha boba tea?

It’s personally one of my favorite boba tea variations! With its delightful and invigorating blend, it combines the distinctive flavor of matcha tea with the iconic tapioca pearls, creating a truly unique beverage. Today, I’ll share everything you need to know to prepare this delightful drink right in your own kitchen.

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Origin of the famous “boba tea”.

Boba tea traces its origins to Taiwan, where it emerged in the 1980s. The concept of incorporating tapioca pearls into beverages was inspired by a fusion of Taiwanese tea traditions and the influence of Hong Kong’s milk tea culture.

In its early days, boba tea involved a blend of black or green tea with milk and sugar, with tapioca pearls added to the bottom of the glass. Over time, this drink has undergone reinvention, featuring a diverse array of flavors, ingredients, and presentations. It has gained immense popularity in Asia, particularly among tea enthusiasts and boba drink aficionados.

What is matcha tea?

Matcha tea is a variety of powdered green tea originating in Japan. Produced by grinding tea leaves into a fine powder, matcha boasts its distinctive deep green color and unique flavor. The cultivation and production process of matcha is meticulous, involving shade-grown tea leaves that contribute to a sweet and mild taste, as well as a high content of chlorophyll and antioxidants.

Regarding the qualities of matcha tea, there are several grades, each varying in flavor, aroma, and color. These include:

  1. Ceremonial Grade Matcha: This represents the pinnacle of matcha quality, reserved for traditional tea ceremonies in Japan. Sourced from the most tender leaves and processed with meticulous care, it exhibits a sweet, mild, and delicate flavor, along with a vibrant green color.
  2. Premium Grade Matcha: Positioned as an intermediate grade, suitable for drinking, though not as refined as ceremonial grade. It boasts a more pronounced flavor, a bright green color, and is typically less sweet and mild. Popular for those seeking a balanced choice between quality and price, it’s well-suited for lattes and boba teas.
  3. Culinary Grade Matcha: As the lowest grade, culinary matcha is primarily intended for cooking. It features a stronger, more bitter taste, and its color may be less vibrant compared to higher grades. While not as delicate, it is still of good quality and serves as a more budget-friendly option for incorporating matcha into culinary recipes.

It’s crucial to note that matcha tea quality can vary by producer and brand. Reading product descriptions, reviews, and opting for reputable brands are advisable to ensure the authenticity and quality of the chosen matcha tea.

How to make matcha bubble tea.

Matcha boba tea has surged in popularity, and it’s easy to see why. Blending the distinct taste of matcha with the delightful chewiness of tapioca pearls creates a unique and delicious beverage. So, without further ado, let’s dive into making it at home.

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Ingredients to make matcha boba tea.

  • Tapioca pearls (We usually use WuFuYuan brand “Black sugar flavor”
  • Matcha tea
  • Milk (cow’s milk, almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, etc.)
  • Sugar
  • Optionally: syrup to preserve the tapioca pearls

How to Prepare Tapioca Pearls for Bubble Tea:

  1. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. For example, boil water, add tapioca pearls, cover, and cook for 3 minutes once they begin to float. Turn off the heat and let them stand for an additional 3 minutes.
  2. Once ready, immerse the tapioca pearls in cold water for 30 seconds to halt cooking. If not used immediately, store them in a sugar syrup (2 parts sugar to 1 part water). Keep in mind, tapioca pearls are best consumed within 4 hours.

Tips for making bubble tea at home.

  • Adjust sugar to your taste. Add more for a sweeter drink or use alternatives like honey, stevia, or agave syrup.
  • Follow tapioca pearl manufacturer’s instructions, as different pearls may have varying cooking times.
  • Use an electric whisk to quickly whip the matcha.

Matcha boba tea, a delectable and refreshing variation, blends the unique matcha flavor with iconic tapioca pearls.

Its global popularity stems from its distinctive taste, the health benefits of matcha, and the joy of chewing tapioca pearls while sipping the drink.

With this straightforward recipe, you can now create your own matcha boba tea at home, immersing yourself in the delightful experience anytime. Dare to try it and indulge in the matcha boba tea adventure!

How to prepare Matcha Boba Tea (bubble tea) at home.
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Discover how to make a delicious and refreshing matcha boba tea drink at home, in the comfort of your own home with this instructional video recipe.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Drink
Keyword: Matcha
Servings: 1
Calories: 186kcal


  • 25 g tapioca pearls
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 150 ml milk or almond, soy, oat, etc.
  • 60 ml water hot (80 ºC)


Preparing Tapioca Pearls:

  • Cook the tapioca pearls following the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Once cooked, transfer them to a bowl of cold water for 30 seconds and set aside. If not consumed immediately, store them in syrup (refer to the post), honey, or maple syrup.

Whisking Matcha:

  • Whisk the matcha with hot water.

Assembling the Matcha Boba Tea:

  • If syrup hasn't been added to the tapioca pearls, mix sugar into your preferred milk.
  • In a glass, combine tapioca pearls, cold milk, ice, and matcha.



Calorias: 186kcal | Carbohidratos: 30g | Proteina: 5g | Grasa: 5g | Grasas saturadas: 3g | Colesterol: 19mg | Sodio: 62mg | Potasio: 235mg | Fibra: 0.2g | Azúcar: 9g | Vitamin A: 251IU | Calcium: 197mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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