Did someone say do-it-yourself Boba Tea??? YES!

So, I happen to be a HUGE fan of Boba Tea (click here for some information/history on Boba/Bubble Tea if you like)!!!

But basically it is a sweet beverage (usually tea, fruit, or coffee) that contain relatively small, elastic chewy balls made of a starch typically being tapioca.  This drink finds in origins in Taiwan and spread quickly to nearby East Asian countries.  It is now pretty popular all over the states.

You can find many coffee and tea places that sell boba tea right here in Salt Lake City.

Places like The Tea Grotto, Coffee Connection, and the Beehive Tea Room all sell Boba Tea.  Even places such as Lunaberry sell Boba Tea (I recommend the red bean/coconut one)!

2030 South 900 East
Salt Lake City, UT

The Beehive Tea Room

12 West Broadway (Route 300 South)

Coffee Connection

1588 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
(801) 467-4937


358 South 700 East #D
SLC, UT 84102
(801) 359-0427


However…if you really love Boba and want to take matters into your own hands…you can also prepare your OWN DRINKS 😀

The amazing thing is that it is pretty simple!!!! And I am not just saying that!


So, for a building activity (I live in the residence halls on campus and work as a Resident Assisstant, thus having to plan activities), I decided that I would like to try Boba Tea!

First step – Deciding the kind of drink to be served

  • Like stated above, boba teas are most often have a tea, coffee, or fruit base
  • To start simple, I decided that I wanted to offer just two varieties (a coffee and tea)

Second step – Buying the Ingredients

  • It is necessary to purchase the tapioca pearls.  This can be done easily at most Asian Markets.  I purchased mine at the Southeast Supermarket.  This is located at 422 East 900 South, Salt Lake City – (801) 363-5474.  I purchased three varieties, though I am yet to be able to taste the difference in the pearls (that might come with time, I don’t know). I believe I paid about $1.50 – $2.00 per package for the pearls.
  • Boba Tea straws – I didn’t have enough foresight to purchase the straws, but I would recommend it.  These straws are designed specifically to be able to consume the pearls with the drink.  (we used forks and had to fish out the pearls while drinking)
  • For the coffee drink – instant coffee, coconut milk, milk, sugar
  • For the tea drink – I used a black tea (Earl Black Tea), milk, sugar
Tapioca Pearls

Tapioca Pearls

 Third step – Preparing Everything

  • It is best to prepare the boba pearls first – the packages come with instructions and it is probably best to follow those; I read many different ways to prepare them but you are always boiling the pearls.  For mine I was to boil water (about at a 7:1 ratio of water to pearls, however I really don’t think you need nearly that much water).  Once the water was at a rapid boil, add the pearls stirring them in slowly.  Continue to stir slowly until the rise to the surface (should take about a minute).  Then let them ‘puff’ up, maybe another minute or so.  Then cover the pan, turn the heat down to medium, and cook for 5 minutes.  Then drain the pearls, transfer them to a serving bowl, then add sugar.  The pearls will absorb the sugar and create a sugary liquid paste.  Add sugar to your liking.  I just would pour maybe 1/2 cup and taste one! They are then ready to be added to your drinks (once you have prepared the drinks :D)!
  • Coffee Drink – using a blender, blend milk, coconut milk, instant coffee, sugar, and ice together.  Do this to your liking! The drink was mostly milk, maybe the ratio was around 5 parts of milk to 1 part of coconut milk, but really however you like it! Then if you want a stronger coffee flavor, you can add more coffee and the same with the sugar.  Once blended pour into serving cups! (my favorite :D)
  • Tea Drink – I brewed some Earl Black Tea and put it into a pitcher and stuck it in the fridge to cool down.  Then I added milk and sugar to taste to the pitcher.  You could also let everyone add their own milk and sugar, then add ice!
  • Add the boba to either drink! – once the drinks are prepared, add the boba to individual drinks!
Cooking the Boba

Cooking the Boba


Boba Pearls

Boba Pearls


Adding the Sugar

Adding the Sugar


Blending the Coffee Drink

Blending the Coffee Drink


Step four – ENJOY!!!!

  • Sadly…I forgot to take a picture of the drink all put together so below is a picture from Google Images.
Bubble Tea

Bubble Tea


This is relatively simple, super fun, and EXTREMELY DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!
For more information, recipes, etc. check out the below websites!

Bubble Tea – What’s cooking America?

Recipes from Bubble Tea Supply


Otherwise….we’ll see you in the kitchen!





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