Green Tea Bubble Tea - What is it? Why is it Trending? and How You can Make it at Home

November 18, 2017

Green Tea Bubble Tea - What is it? Why is it Trending? and How You can Make it at Home

What is Green Tea Bubble Tea? 

When most people think of bubble tea they think of the boba or tapioca pearls on the bottom of the cup. But actually, bubble tea got its name because of the small bubbles that form on top after shaking the tea. In fact, In Taiwan (where bubble tea was invented) the most popular drink isn’t boba milk tea but actually regular iced green or oolong tea.
Green tea is often seen as a healthier option than coffee and can be very refreshing on hot summer days.

Green Tea Bubble Tea is simply shaken iced green tea.  Most shops in Taiwan will start with hot green tea, add ice and then shake it in a shaker machine for about 6-8 seconds to create the bubbles on top.


Green Tea Bubble Milk Tea

Green Tea Bubble Tea

While most milk tea is made by mixing fresh milk with black tea, many people are also mixing milk with green tea or matcha which can then be served either hot or cold.  One of my favorites is a matcha bubble tea latte which combines matcha powder, fresh milk and tapioca pearls to make an unforgettable drink.

Bubble Milk Tea in the US is usually made by using a flavored powder.  For example, to make taro bubble tea, most shops will use taro bubble tea powder.  Surprisingly, some bubble tea shops mix this powder with water so there isn’t actually any tea in your bubble tea!  We recommend mixing taro powder with hot green tea to really accentuate the flavor.


How to Make Green Tea Bubble Milk Tea at Home

To get started, you’ll need a few things:

  • Tapioca Pearls (You can be purchased on Amazon here.  This is one I personally recommend)
  • A large pot (with a lid)
  • A serving bowl
  • Honey
  • High Quality Matcha  (You can try our premium Matcha.)

Steps to make Green Tea Bubble Milke Tea 

  1. Measure 100 grams of tapioca pearls
  2. Put 1000ml of water into a pot and bring it to a boil
  3. Place the tapioca pearls into the water
  4. Wait for the  tapioca pearls to rise to the top and start to boil
  5. Once the  tapioca pearls begin to boil, stir them and start a timer for 25 minutes
  6. Lower the heat to medium and stir occasionally

    While your boba are boiling, start to prepare your honey

  7. our 50 grams of honey into a bowl, add a little hot water and stir
  8. Once the timer goes off, turn off the heat and let the  tapioca pearls  sit for 10 minutes with the lid on
  9. After 10 minutes, put the  tapioca pearls  into a colander and rinse them with cold water until the tapioca balls are no longer hot
  10. Let all the water drain from the strainer and put them in the bowl of honey
  11. Let them soak for at least 20 minutes before serving
  12. Place them in a cup and then add your favorite premium Matcha for homemade Green Tea Bubble Tea!  

The Rising Trend of Bubble Tea

bubble tea

Although bubble tea has been around since the 1980s it’s still gaining in popularity.
People used to have to go to Los Angeles or New York for great bubble tea, now it’s popping up in shopping malls all over the midwest and becoming as ubiquitous as Cinnabon or Jamba Juice.

As of November 2017, there are 1968 listings for bubble tea shops in the US and Google Trends reports continued growth in searches for bubble tea (the annual dips are during the winter months).

Bubble Tea Trend

Bubble Tea is Trending in USA.


Going Pro

While making bubble tea at home can be a fun hobby, many people are capitalizing on the growing trend of bubble tea by opening their own bubble tea shop.  Some of the professional equipment and machines that bubble tea shops are using are Cup Sealer Machines, Shaker Machines and Fructose Dispensers.

Japanese Green Tea readers can get a special discount of $75.00 on all bubble tea machines by using the code greentea at

Bubble Tea Machines


This article is written by Mike, CEO of BubbleTeaology

Author Bio

Mike, BubbleTeaology
Mike is originally from the US but has spent the past 6 years in Taiwan and 2 of those years working for one of the largest bubble tea shops in Taiwan.  Now he is the owner of BubbleTeaology which supplies Boba Tea Machines and Wholesale Ingredients to drink shops around the world.

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