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  • Writer's pictureAlex Willis

Whipped coffee, but make it bubble tea

Dalgona whipped coffee is all the rage right now. And today’s national bubble tea day.

Therefore, I’m combining the two.

Bubble tea has been a part of my life since I was young. My fondest memories with bubble tea were when I spent a summer in Taiwan taking Chinese language courses and learning to be independent for the first time, living thousands of miles away from my parents at just 14.

Three friends drinking boba in Taiwan.
My awkward 14-year-old boba-loving self on the right

After class, we would leave the Tzu Chi University campus and hit up the bubble tea stand across the street. I loved watching the machine seal the top of the drink with a thin piece of plastic in anticipation of the moment when I got to plunge the giant pointed straw into the beverage. An iced bubble tea was the perfect way to cool down after a long day in the humid Taiwan heat (we didn't have any air conditioning!!).

Sitting around the tables getting to know my fellow classmates quickly turned into boba fights as we spit-ball-style launched boba balls at each other. Oh, the memories. What a time.


Making boba is SUPER easy:

  1. Pick up a package of these at any Asian grocery store. (Don’t have an asian grocery store nearby? With the popularity of these beverages continuing to rise, I’m sure they aren’t hard to find elsewhere.)

  2. Follow the instructions on the packaging.

  3. Add to your beverage of choice!



Classic Dalgona Recipe:

  • 1tbsp instant coffee

  • 1tbsp sugar

  • 1tbsp hot water

  • Milk of choice


  1. Add ingredients to a bowl and whip until foamy.

  2. In a glass, add desired amount of cooked boba. Add milk of choice until about 3/4 of the way full, top with coffee foam.

  3. Enjoy!


I couldn't stop at just one, I had to make a matcha version too:


Matcha Dalgona bubble tea recipe:

  • 2 tsps matcha

  • 2 tsps sugar

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/4 cup whipping cream

  • Milk of choice

  1. Combine whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl. Whip until you start to see ribbons form.

  2. Add matcha and continue to whipping until you get to the thickness of whipped cream.

  3. In a glass, add desired amount of cooked boba. Add milk of choice until about 3/4 of the way full, top with matcha foam.

  4. Enjoy!


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gwhuntress2003
Jan 06, 2021

I’m so happy to see this blog! My daughter has been telling me about this tea. I had no idea what it was or how to make it until now! Thank you so much! I just ordered tapioca pearls to make these recipes! I’m so appreciative.

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