Crystal Boba Iced Coffee Recipe: It’s Surprisingly Tasty

This crystal Boba iced coffee recipe explains how to make a drink, friends and family will love.

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Crystal boba iced coffee is your go-to thirst-quencher any time of the day

Crystal boba iced coffee is the perfect treat for any time of the day. Crystal boba is unique by being transparent hence why it is called crystal boba. Crystal boba makes your drink look even more appealing and can be enjoyed with delicious milky coffee.

This recipe demonstrates how to make tasty crystal boba iced coffee.

What Is Crystal Boba?

Crystal boba is completely transparent and shiny tapioca pearls that are sweetened in simple syrup. Crystal boba has a unique shine and makes any drink look spectacular.

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Transparent and shiny tapioca pearls

If you’d like more information, check out our guide what is Boba tea made of?

How to Make the Perfect Crystal Boba Coffee 

This recipe will tell you everything you need to know about making the perfect crystal clear boba. Crystal boba is so unique and appealing due to its transparent appearance and delicious flavor. You can enjoy this boba iced coffee straight away or snap a picture for Instagram before you enjoy it!

If you love bubble tea, our explainer on how many calories are in crystal boba may be helpful.

How to Make Crystal Boba Iced Coffee

Equipment

  • Bowl
  • Saucepan
  • Plastic wrap
  • Boba straw

Ingredients

  • White boba pearls
  • Simple syrup
  • Coffee – you can use instant coffee or brewed espresso.
  • Dairy or creamer – cow’s milk or plant-based milk will work perfectly.
  • Ice – for a delicious and chilled drink.
  • Wide straws – make sure to buy some wide straws to drink up the tapioca pearls, for an eco-friendly option there are stainless steel boba straws available online

Method

White tapioca pearls

Prepare the Crystal Boba

  1. First, start by bringing a medium-sized saucepan of water to a boil.
  2. Next, add in 1/2 of uncooked white boba pearls
  3. Cook for 1 hour, stirring often.
  4. Strain the partially cooked boba.
  5. Rinse gently with warm water.
  6. Add boba to a bowl, cover with cold water and cover with a lid or plastic wrap. 
  7. Leave the pearls to soak in the fridge for 8+ hours. 
  8. Strain the boba pearls again and place them into boiling water for a second time. Boil them until they turn clear. This should take 10-20 minutes.
  9. Add boba to a bowl and mix in 2-4tbsp of simple syrup so that the boba is fully coated. You should now have sparkly crystal boba pearls.

Prepare the Iced Boba Coffee

  1. Mix 2 tbsp instant coffee and mix with ¼ cup of water. Alternatively, use brewed espresso and set it aside.
  2. Add crystal boba to your glass, add as much as you would like. For best results, add 3-4 tbsp scoops of boba.
  3. Fill your glass half full of ice.
  4. Pour milk or dairy alternative over the ice until about ¾ full.
  5. Add espresso mixture to the glass.
  6. Add your boba straw, stir, and enjoy.

Our Crystal Boba Iced Coffee RecipeTips

  • Add some flavor. For an even more delicious boba drink, swap out the simple syrup and mix the boba pearls with flavored syrup such as vanilla, hazelnut, or caramel.
  • Make it stronger. Add more coffee. Use a brewed double espresso or double up the instant coffee mixture for an extra caffeine kick.
  • Top it off. Add toppings to your crystal boba iced coffee. Top your coffee off with whipped cream and flavored sauce! Try caramel or chocolate drizzle, or even add some chocolate chips or crumbled cookies. Get creative, add your favorite treats.

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Crystal Boba Iced Coffee Recipe: It’s Surprisingly Tasty

This crystal Boba iced coffee recipe explains how to make a drink, friends and family will love.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • White boba pearls
  • Simple syrup
  • Coffee
  • Dairy or creamer
  • Ice
  • Wide straws

Recipe Instructions: 1. Mix 2 tbsp instant coffee and mix with ¼ cup of water. Alternatively, use brewed espresso and set it aside. 2. Add crystal boba to your glass, add as much as you would like. For best results, add 3-4 tbsp scoops of boba. 3. Fill your glass half full of ice. 4. Pour milk or dairy alternative over the ice until about ¾ full. 5. Add espresso mixture to the glass. 6. Add your boba straw, stir, and enjoy.