Starbucks Boba: How to Order Boba at Starbucks?

Are you craving bubble tea and are wondering if your favorite coffee shop sells Boba?

I know I did! That’s why I put together this helpful guide for anyone else trying to find Boba or bubble tea at Starbucks.

Unfortunately, bubble tea is not available on the Starbucks menu but, there’s good news. You can still order Boba flavored tea at Starbucks by asking the barista for a few customizations to a simple black tea.

The bad news is, Starbucks doesn’t have tapioca, so there won’t be any fun-sized bubble balls in your tea.

I’ll show you exactly how to order Boba at Starbucks, get into a little bit of detail about what bubble tea really is, and how you can make it at home.

How to Order Boba at Starbuck?

Here is what you want to know. You can order Boba at Starbucks in person or by using the mobile app!

To order Boba from Starbucks ask your barista for:

A Grande Iced Black Tea with half and half instead of water (the creamy texture of half and half recreates the authentic Boba mouthfeel).

Add 2 pups of Toffee Nut Syrup (1 pump for tall, 2 for grande, 3 for venti).

Ask for NO ICE! (unless you like ice in your Boba).

That’s it! Now you know how to order a Boba tea from Starbucks.

You can make the same customization on the mobile app as well. 

As we mentioned before, Starbucks doesn’t have tapioca.

If you want bubbles in your Boba, you can add a few store-bought tapiocas to tea after you’ve made the purchase.

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What is Boba(Bubble Tea)?

Bubble Tea, also known as Boba, is a Taiwanese tea-based drink that typically contains a tea or a fruit juice base, milk, tapioca, and sweeteners such as honey, or sugar.

Boba first became popular in Taiwan in the early 1990s and has since spread to other parts of Asia, North America, and Europe.

The popularity of Bubble Tea has continued to grow in recent years and there are now hundreds of different flavors and variations available.

What is Tapioca?

Bubble Tea is also known for its chewy tapioca pearls, which are made from the starch of the cassava plant.

These pearls are often added to the bottom of the drink and can be sucked up through a large straw.

How to Make Bubble Tea or Boba at Home?

Step 1

Soak your store-bought tapioca in boing hot water for 5 minutes (If you want to make your own tapioca pearls at home take a look at our guide further down below).

Step 2

Make your favorite tea in a tall glass. You will need some extra room for the boba and milk/cream.

Step 3

Add milk or cream for a creamy bubble tea, juice for a fruity tea, or leave plain and add a little extra water. (I suggest using half-and-half for that authentic Boba texture)

Step 4

Sweeten to taste with honey, brown sugar, or toffee syrup.

Viola, now you can make your own bubble tea at home!

How to Make Tapioca Pearls for Boba At Home?

You will need to start this process the night before you want to make bubble tea so that the tapioca pearls have time to soak overnight.

To make your own tapioca pearls you will need:

  • 1/2 cup of Tapioca Starch
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • A pinch of salt

1. Combine the tapioca starch, water, and salt in a saucepan and stir until the mixture thickens and forms a ball. Use a spoon to remove any lumps.

2. Place the tapioca mixture onto a large cutting board and knead it with your hands until it cools down, this should take around 5 minutes.

3. Cut the ball of dough into smaller pieces and roll each piece into a long log shape about 1/4 inch thick.

4. With a sharp knife cut each log into smaller pieces about 1/2 inch thick.

5. Lay the pearls out on a large platter and cover them with plastic wrap or a damp cloth to prevent them from drying out overnight.


That’s how you can order Boba at Starbucks, or if you want to, make Boba at home.

This trendy drink isn’t going away any time soon, in fact, its popularity is still growing.

Don’t drive around town looking for a specialty coffee shop when you’re in the mood for bubble tea, visit your local Starbucks instead.

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