How to make Bubble Tea with Real Tea

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Author Notes: As per popular request, we decided to write a post on making Bubble Tea with Real Tea. Try out this recipe if you're looking for quality authentic flavor and taste. If you are a looking for further instructions and tips, check out our Boba School for professional guidance.

How to Choose Your Tea

Choosing the type of tea will determine the undertones of your bubble milk tea flavor and can set your milk tea apart from the rest. This is how signature milk teas are created, so it is important to brew the tea properly to ensure rich flavors. One of the most popular and common teas to use is Black Tea. Here at Fanale, we carry a special supply of Premium Black Tea chosen specifically for Milk Teas (also available in wholesale). It is common to create a tea blend leaves for layers of flavor.

Other possible teas Black Teas include: Assam, Ceylon, and Earl Grey. The Assam and Ceylon are more popular in Asian communities, while the Earl Grey is a non-traditional flavor that continues to gain popularity.

Assam: Assam tea is an Indian tea known for its bold flavors and rich aroma, often used in Breakfast Tea blends (such as English Breakfast). Its flavor is often describes as malty (sweet and creamy), and brews into a dark reddish tea.

Ceylon: Slightly citrusy, the Ceylon Black Tea has the slight tanginess of an orange or grapefuit. It is one of the main exports for Sri Lanka and is very well known. Makes for a great afternoon black tea.

Earl Grey: Earl Grey is the most citrusy of these three options and is very floral in aroma. It brews into a lighter tea and is often drunk in the morning.

Blend: A blend of teas is perhaps the most popular option of Milk Tea shops because it allows for the uniqueness of your drinks. Different shops will have different blends, overall influencing the taste of their bubble milk teas.


Serves 1

  • 1.5 cups Water
  • 4 teaspoons Black Tea or Tea of Choice
  • 3/5 cup Creamer
  • 1/5 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Ice
  1. 1. Boil 350mL of water. Once boiled to 90-100˚C (194-212˚F), stir in Black Tea and boil for 12 minutes.
  2. 2. Remove from heat and cover the pot with lid. Let the tea sit for 12 more minutes to properly infuse tea flavor.
  3. 3. After 12 minutes, the tea should have cooled to 50-60˚C (122-140˚F). Tip: Make sure the tea does not cool to below 50˚C (122˚F) for best results.
  4. 4. Filter the tea into a cup with a tea cloth to remove tea leaves. Discard tea leaves.
  5. 5. Add in creamer and sugar. Use a whisk (or spoon) and stir well. If you are having trouble dissolving cream and sugar, it may be because the tea has cooled too much.
  6. 6. Add Ice and mixture into a shaker. Shake mixture to cool down. Remove or add more ice depending on amount preference.
  7. 7. Add Tapioca and enjoy! (optional)

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