Creamy Brown Sugar Boba Iced Coffee: A Must Try Drink!

This Iced Brown Sugar Boba Coffee Can Reenergize Your Afternoon and will Tantalize Your Taste Buds!

Are you a fan of creamy coffee, sugary sweetness, and tantalizing textures? If so, then there are some awesome new boba drinks out there that you absolutely have to try. This is especially true if you want to add a little fun to your coffee routine! 

Among all of the latest new boba drinks out there, iced brown sugar boba coffees have to be some of the tastiest. The nuanced molasses-like sweetness of brown sugar, bitter coffee notes, and creamy milk, make this drink refreshing and energizing. Not to mention, with tapioca boba, this little number is sure to captivate your senses. 

Here, we will discuss everything to know about coffee boba drinks, and in particular, this sweet and creamy brown sugar boba beverage. That way, you can order the perfect drink or make one yourself! 

What are boba drinks and bubble teas?

Boba drinks are also known as boba teas, Thai teas, or bubble teas. Although, they originated in Taiwan rather than Thailand. However, boba drinks have now evolved to integrate an array of delicious ingredients. Most boba drinks include gluten-free cassava root tapioca boba pearls, popping boba pearls, or other round edible boba balls. 

What ingredients are in boba?

Although boba drinks used to mainly contain tea, milk, boba, and flavoring, they often now come available with various other ingredients like fruit pieces and of course, coffee or espresso. 

Many of these drinks also contain easy-to-find ingredients such as sugar, milk, flavorings, tea, coffee, and of course, boba balls. The creamy sweetness, fascinating textures, and smooth mouthfeel make boba drinks a popular option for those seeking something unique and full of unexplored flavors. 

How to find boba for at-home recipes? 

Finding the right boba pearls to make these teas and coffees at home is easy if you live in an urban area with specialty markets and ethnic food stores. However, boba can also be found for sale online. Once you know where to look and buy boba, you can craft delicious boba drinks from home. 

What is in boba coffee?

Iced boba coffees can contain an array of ingredients. However, most of them contain cooled-down brewed coffee or shots of espresso, tapioca balls (a chewy kind of boba), and a sweetener. In the case of the iced brown sugar boba, the sweetener will be brown sugar syrup or real brown sugar granules. These drinks are also cut with milk or half & half to create a creamy, dreamy mouthfeel and delicate lightness. 

What’s the secret to perfect brown sugar boba?

To create a delicious brown sugar boba drink at home, you need to really make that molasses and brown sugar flavor stand out. So, if you are making a brown sugar boba at home, add about two tablespoons of molasses to each drink for the perfect rich flavor notes. Also, be sure to brew your coffee well. We recommend getting a caramel or molasses-flavored coffee (like this one) for use in this drink. 

If you are ordering a brown sugar boba iced coffee at a boba shop, make sure that the coffee is brewed well and that the boba pearls are the tapioca kind, not the popping kind. In this drink, tapioca coffee pearls tend to go best with the coffee and caramelized sugar flavors. 

What kind of coffee to use in a boba iced drink? 

The best brown sugar iced boba coffees are made using strongly brewed espresso. This espresso is a great option! Or, you can get these flavored coffee beans and grind them to an espresso powder for an extra flavor boost without all the extra calories. 

The ingredients in most brown sugar boba drinks:

  • Instant brown sugar boba or sweetened tapioca pearls (sold in stores and online.)
  • Molasses
  • Brown sugar
  • Water
  • Brewed espresso
  • Milk or half & half
  • Ice
  • Whipped cream is used for topping sometimes

Easy and Tasty Recipe For Brown Sugar Boba Iced Coffee

  • Prepare two espresso shots and set them aside.
  • In a small saucepan, add about a cup and a half to two cups of water, and set the stove to high heat. Once boiling, add the flavored tapioca or brown sugar boba. Cook the pearls for a few minutes, and once the boba balls start to float, they should be ready. However, making boba pearls can be done in many ways. So, if the preparation instructions for your boba differ, follow the directions. Once cooked, you can also set your boba aside.
  • While your boba cooks, make a brown sugar slurry in a separate pan with brown sugar, molasses, and water. Heat the mixture so the sugars dissolve well and then set aside. 
  • Strain your cooked boba out of the boiling water and add it to your brown sugar and molasses slurry. Stir the boba around to make sure they are well coated and absorb the flavors. If you don’t stir the boba pearls, they may start to clump up and stick to each other.
  • In a 16 oz glass, you can now add ¾ of your sugary flavored boba. You can strain out and add in as much of the molasses and sugar syrup as you like as well, used to sweeten the drink to your liking. 
  • On top of your boba, add a big scoop of ice to your glass. Then, you can pour in your milk on top. Use about ½ a cup of half & half or a cup of milk (or the amount of milk you desire for creaminess). 
  • Lastly, pour your espresso on top. You do not need to stir more than once, as the flavors will naturally begin to meld on their own. 
  • You can top your drink with whipped cream if you like, and garnish with some extra boba pearls. 

Controlling the Sweetness of This Beverage 

This drink can have varying sweetness levels. You do not want to add all of the brown sugar slurry to your drink unless you want it to be very sweet. Also, depending on the type of boba you purchased, the boba pearls may already be sweetened. So, you could have to experiment a few times to get the sweetness levels, milk, and coffee balance just right.


 Ingredients Listed Out 

  •  ½ cup of instant brown sugar boba or tapioca pearls
  •  2 tablespoons of real molasses per drink
  •  ½ cup brown sugar for the slurry 
  • ⅓ cup of water for the slurry
  • 2-3 shots of espresso per drink 
  • 1 cup of half & half or milk of your choice (I have found that coconut milk can work well in this drink also if you are avoiding dairy.)


Other Notes

  • If you like strong coffee flavors like I do, use three shots of espresso for this recipe. However, if you only want subtle coffee nuances and a little bit of caffeine, you can use strongly brewed coffee or just two shots of espresso. You can also use the espresso settings on a single-serve maker and brew a single serving of K-cup-style coffee. 
  • To enjoy the drink in all of its glory and feel the texture of the delicious boba pearls, you are going to need boba straws. You can get them here on

See delicious coffees to use for making iced boba lattes here!

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