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Brown Sugar Matcha Bubble Tea

20 min


This beautifully layered drink is a fusion of a creamy matcha latte and sweet bubble tea. The chewy pearls are coated in a brown sugar syrup, which adds the perfect balance to the earthy matcha flavour.



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  • 2 Tbsp (28 g)
    brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL)
    boiling water
  • 2 tsp (4 g)
    matcha powder
  • ½ cup (120 mL)
    hot water, at around 80°C/175°F
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)
  • 1 cup (111 g)
    ice cubes
  • 2½ cups (600 mL)
    barista oat milk


  1. Add the brown sugar and boiling water to a bowl. Stir vigorously until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. In a saucepan, cook the tapioca pearls according to the package instructions. For us, this took about 5 minutes.
  3. Drain the tapioca pearls, rinse under cold water, and transfer to the brown sugar syrup jar. Give it a mix.
  4. Sift the matcha powder into a bowl. Then add the hot water. Use a matcha whisk* to whisk until there’s a foam layer on top of the matcha.
  5. Add the vanilla extract to the matcha mixture and whisk again until combined.
  6. Divide the brown sugar pearls between the glasses, top with the ice cubes, milk, and lastly the matcha. Enjoy!


  • A premium grade of matcha is preferable for this drink over culinary or cooking grade matcha.
  • Ideally around 175°F/80°C.
  • Nutrition tip: aim to use plant-based milk that is fortified with calcium.
  • * If you don’t have a matcha whisk, add the same amount of matcha and warm (rather than hot) water to a jar, and shake until combined.


  • Best to enjoy this bubble tea immediately.

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lisa u - Feb. 17, 2024, 1:48 a.m.

Great easy less expensive option! Very good!

CO - Jan. 16, 2024, 12:42 a.m.

5 stars!

Chrysiida - Oct. 19, 2023, 7:01 p.m.

This is seriously the best thing I have tasted all month! I don't even care that the weather is becoming colder, I am going to make this again in the next weeks!

PUL Team - Oct. 19, 2023, 7:43 p.m.

Such a big compliment, Chrysiida, thank you! 🤩

Sophia - July 21, 2023, 9:33 a.m.

Hello! I am not sure if you remember me but I am the eleven-year-old Sophia who commented the Strawberry Milk Boba, anyways guess what-I’m back! I tried three of your bubble tea flavors! All so tasty and yum! But the matcha hit the spot for most of my family… It was mellow and calming! Great for a sunny day. Also, I am not sure if this recommendation is helpful but I used maple syrup to sweeten the tea slightly more. I totally recommend this bubble tea flavor. Happy bubble tea making and I love the PUL videos!

PUL Team - July 25, 2023, 1:19 a.m.

Aw, Sophia, you're the best! We are so thrilled you enjoyed the bubble tea. More maple syrup is a lovely idea 😊 We hope you continue to enjoy our content - happy nourishing ✨

Jace - April 28, 2023, 6:04 p.m.

Just made this for the first time and wow!!! Way better than the Starbucks iced matcha latte! 10/10 ❤️❤️

PUL Team - April 29, 2023, 5:11 p.m.

Such a big compliment, Jace! We're so happy the recipe was enjoyed 🤗

Sanam - Feb. 5, 2023, 2:58 p.m.


Emiliana - Oct. 7, 2022, 9:44 p.m.

very good :)

Estela - Sept. 12, 2022, 2:47 p.m.

Loved all the bubble tea's recipes! I'm going to buy the ingredients and give it a try. By the way, the glass and straw are beautiful. Where did you get them?

PUL Team - Sept. 14, 2022, 12:20 a.m.

Hey there, Estela, we got the glasses and straws from an online shop in the Netherlands called FonQ. We've linked two similar ones in our shop here:, 🙂

Issy - Aug. 31, 2022, 3:11 p.m.

I am so excited to try this, along with the other bubble tea recipes you've posted! Would it be possible to make the boba pearls ahead of time and keep them in a sealed container in the fridge for a few days, in order to use them in smaller batches (but without the need to cook as often)? Seems like the perfect refreshment to enjoy with a friend as summer winds down. 😊

PUL Team - Aug. 31, 2022, 6:03 p.m.

Hey there, Issy! We don't recommend storing cooked pearls in the fridge because cold makes them harden up and they lose their chewiness. We've heard some good experiences with reheating pearls in the microwave to help soften them but haven't personally tried this out. You could also omit the pearls for an equally refreshing drink 🙂

Jess - July 30, 2022, 1:37 a.m.

Hi Sadia and PUL team!
Thank you for the easy to follow recipe.
I just tried it and it was absolutely refreshing on this humid day. The vanilla extract and sugar really helped cut through the earthiness of the matcha powder.

PUL Team - July 30, 2022, 8:27 p.m.

Beyond happy to hear, Jess, thanks a bunch!

Stef - July 24, 2022, 11:55 p.m.

Perfect way to beat the heatwave here in the southern part of the US. Delicious and creamy!

PUL Team - July 25, 2022, 3:37 a.m.

So glad it's being enjoyed, Stef! Stay cool out there ☀️

Charlotte - July 22, 2022, 6:36 p.m.

I love all of your matcha recipes and this one did not disappoint! I loved the bitterness of the matcha paired with the creaminess of the milk and the sweetness of the boba pearls. So delicious! 🌿❤️

PUL Team - July 23, 2022, 2:02 a.m.

It means so much the bubble tea was enjoyed, Charlotte, thank you!

Meli - July 20, 2022, 10:11 a.m.

I tried the matcha one today... wwoowww it was so good. It was also my first time tasting matcha and I have to say it tastes wonderful. I like the combo of matcha in a bubble tea, since I think it would taste too earthy on its own. I'm more of a sweet tooth so this recipe is perfect for me.

Later 'i wanna try out the strawberry one, since I have some pearls left :)

PUL Team - July 20, 2022, 4:24 p.m.

Oh so lovely to hear, Meli, thank YOU! We hope you enjoy the strawberry bubble tea as well 🤗

Quynh - July 17, 2022, 10:52 a.m.

I did not like matcha. But after seeing your beautiful recipe video I gave it another try. And I'm surprised how much I love this drink! Using barista oatmilk, which is richer and sweeter than soy milk as well as using vanilla extract makes all the difference. It tastes much more mellow and rounded this way. Good call!

PUL Team - July 17, 2022, 4:06 p.m.

Beyond thrilled to hear, Quynh, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with it 🤗

Tanya - July 13, 2022, 12:49 p.m.

This was so refreshing and simple to make! hello, new summer obsession :D

PUL Team - July 13, 2022, 5:42 p.m.

Aw so happy to hear, Tanya, thank you 😃

Keren - July 11, 2022, 2:32 p.m.

Hi, what's the difference between the white tapioca pearls and the black boba pearls? Can you use the white ones for this recipe?

PUL Team - July 12, 2022, 7:33 a.m.

Hey there, Keren, we prefer black boba pearls since they have brown sugar, which gives them their darker colour plus a sweeter flavour compared to white pearls. You can use white tapioca pearls if desired though. You may just want to sweeten them in syrup after boiling them for a sweeter flavour 🙂

Keren - July 12, 2022, 8:17 a.m.


Shania - July 10, 2022, 5:29 p.m.

I tried and it was above my expectations!!Thanks PUL and team.

PUL Team - July 10, 2022, 9:33 p.m.

We're so glad it was enjoyed, Shania!