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Boba Coffee

Boba coffee is naturally gluten free and can easily be dairy free as well. It uses only four ingredients to create a refreshing, visually appealing drink easily and quickly. Making your own bubble coffee at home saves you money and this versatile recipe can be tuned to your personal taste and hits the spot anytime from breakfast into the evening.

  • Author: Bailey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Meatless
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American (Taiwanese Inspired)
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 1/2 cup 5 minute boil black tapioca pearls
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 cups cold brew black coffee or cold black coffee
  • 1 cup heavy cream (or almond milk for dairy free)


  1. Cook the tapioca pearls according to the package, likely boiling for 5 minutes until they’re floating
  2. Transfer the tapioca to an ice bath or bowl of very cold water to stop the cooking process and cool them, and then drain the ice/water
  3. Mix the sugar with the heavy cream or almond milk
  4. Divide the pearls into glasses, then fill each glass to ½ full with ice
  5. Pour the coffee over the ice until the glass is ¾ full and then top with the cream


  • Instead of sugar you can substitute for honey, brown sugar, or coconut sugar to fit your preference.
  • You can swap the heavy cream for almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, or any of your favorite creamers to customize this recipe to your personal tastes.