Boba Buddha’s Coffee Boba Recipe

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Looking for an imaginative way to enjoy coffee? Try putting a boba spin on it! Coffee boba is a delightful beverage that infuses aromatic coffee with a creamy milk tea concoction. Continue reading to learn how to create this refreshing bubble tea coffee recipe in your home kitchen.

Coffee milk tea is a refreshing way to get a caffeinated kick. Drink this creamy, bittersweet concoction as a substitute for your cup of joe or as a mid-afternoon beverage.

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Coffee Boba

  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


Combine two of your favorite beverages with this simple and delicious recipe. If you don't have cold brew coffee on hand, check out the recipe notes below.


Units Scale
  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking tapioca pearls
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar syrup
  • 1/3 cup cold-brew coffee
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ice cubes


For a stronger version of this delicious iced coffee, try using espresso instead of cold brew. A cup of strong coffee, made in your regular coffee maker, is also an alternative. Remember to cool or refrigerate the coffee base before building the boba drink.

We used heavy cream in this recipe to cut the bitterness of the coffee, but you can use any creamer, dairy, or plant-based milk.

If you need a recipe for brown sugar syrup, click here. You can use this syrup to soak your store-bought tapioca balls, or you can click here to learn how to make homemade tapioca pearls.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes

What Does Coffee Boba Taste Like?

Depending on the drink’s sugar levels, coffee boba can be faintly bitter to sweet. Remember that you can always adjust the sweetness to your taste. Coffee boba is typically creamier and richer than regular coffee, thanks to the addition of milk.

The tapioca pearls also enhance the texture of this drink, giving it a nice, chewy topping.

What Type of Milk Should You Use in Bubble Coffee?

Whole-fat milk gives bubble tea coffee a creamy and rich consistency, making it extra indulgent. Most boba tea chains use this type of dairy, so if you want to create a restaurant-quality drink, go for whole-fat milk.

If you’re looking for a healthier option, you can pare down the creaminess and use skim milk instead. Plant-based substitutes like almond milk, coconut milk, or oat milk are also viable alternatives.

Is It Possible to Order a Black Bubble Coffee?

Black bubble coffee may be unavailable depending on the bubble tea chain you visit. In most cases, boba shops use powdered coffee to create their coffee drinks, so some milk or cream might already be mixed in.

However, it’s best to inquire your local boba barista about it since some shops may be receptive to your request.

How Many Calories Are in Bubble Coffee?

Bubble coffee contains 128 kcal if left unsweetened. However, this figure can shoot to around 400 kcal depending on the additional sugar, boba pearls, and whipped cream you may include in your drink.

Coffee Boba vs Tea Boba

Coffee boba adds a fun twist to boba drinks, but tea-based boba is still the undisputed champion in terms of flavor and versatility. And since there’s less caffeine in boba tea, you can enjoy this drink any time throughout the day.

Coffee bobaTea boba
About 100 mg of caffeine per 8 ouncesApproximately 85 mg of caffeine per 8 ounces
Strong coffee flavorEasy to incorporate other flavors, including fruit
Not all toppings mix well (ex: fruity popping boba)Pairs well with many toppings
Not available in all boba cafesNumerous options in any boba tea cafe

How Much Caffeine Is in a Coffee Boba?

Boba Buddha’s coffee boba recipe uses a third cup of cold brew coffee containing about 60 mg of caffeine. Standard boba tea, in contrast, has approximately 50 mg of caffeine, depending on the tea you use.

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Is Decaf Coffee Boba Possible?

Yes, decaf coffee boba is something you can make in your home kitchen. If you can obtain decaf coffee beans, you can use those to make your coffee boba.

Even so, decaffeinated coffee beans retain about 3% of their original caffeine content. If you want to avoid caffeine altogether, a milk tea drink may not be your best beverage.

Does Coffee Boba Have Any Nutritional Benefits?

Coffee boba is a decent source of calcium, Vitamin A, and potassium.

That said, acquiring these minerals and vitamins from other food sources is usually better since continuous caffeine and sugar consumption can harm your health.

Here’s the nutritional breakdown of an unsweetened cup of boba coffee:

Calcium82 mg
Calories128 kcal
Carbohydrates25 g
Cholesterol7 mg
Fat2 g
Potassium109 mg
Vitamin A99 IU

Of course, coffee boba isn’t a drink renowned for its health benefits. Give yourself a break now and then, and enjoy this delicious beverage in moderation.


Joshua always had a sweet tooth, but he could never stand the fizziness of soft drinks. So when he was first introduced to milk tea, he fell in love with its creamy sweetness and lack of carbonation. Now, Joshua is constantly on the lookout for new and interesting milk tea flavors to try. His favorite flavor is Cheesecake, but he also enjoys Wintermelon, Taro, and Matcha.

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