Iced Boba Coffee + Instant Pot Iced Boba Coffee

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Homemade Iced Boba Coffee is a wonderful marriage of cold brew coffee and boba or bubble tea. It’s the most refreshing drink for a hot summer day, BBQ, or backyard pool party.

Suitable for Gluten Free and Vegetarian diets.

the finished iced boba coffee ready to be served

Are you a fan of Bubble Tea? If so, you’ve got to try boba iced coffee. And if you’ve been holding out on trying boba ice tea because you are more of a coffee fan, this is the recipe for you!

Boba and bubble both refer to tasty tapioca pearls and Iced Boba Coffee is a fun twist on traditional iced boba tea that’s perfect for coffee lovers. If you need a refreshing drink that’s perfect for a morning pick-me-up, an afternoon treat or can be served at backyard BBQs and pool parties you are going to looooooove Iced Bubble Coffee. 

Best of all, when you make your iced coffee concentrate in advance, you can whip up a glass or two of Instant Pot Iced Boba Coffee in practically no time at all. 

two glasses filled with boba iced coffee

Why You’ll ♡ These

  • Unique – Boba coffee is not something you find everywhere so it makes a fun and unique drink.
  • Refreshing – Iced Coffee is such a refreshing drink on a hot summer day.  
  • Inexpensive – Boba tea or boba coffee from your local coffee shop can cost a pretty penny. Making it at home saves you money. 
the ingredients needed for making instant pot iced boba coffee

Ready to make this Instant Pot Iced Boba Coffee? Gather your ingredients and I will show you…

How To Make Iced Boba Coffee

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Prepare the iced coffee concentrate in your instant pot or make cold brew coffee concentrate. (This can be done up to a week in advance and makes enough to enjoy all week long.)
  2. Prepare the tapioca pearls in your Instant Pot. 
  3. In a separate container, combine heavy cream and sugar.
  4. Combine coffee concentrate and water in another container.
  5. Divide the tapioca pearls between 2 glasses.
  6. Pour in the coffee mixture over the boba, then add the cream mixture, and serve.
image collage showing the steps for making instant pot iced boba coffee

Expert Tips 

  • Ice Coffee Concentrate can be stored for up to a week in the fridge. 
  • Boba is best when used within a few hours but can be stored in the cooking liquid or simple syrup in the fridge for a few days. 
  • Use BIG straws. You will need straws that are large enough for the boba to pass through. 

Delicious Variations

  • Add Flavorings – Add whole spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, or vanilla beans while making your cold brew concentrate. When making your final drink add your favorite flavored coffee syrup like vanilla, hazelnut, chocolate, or caramel.
  • Use Milk Alternatives – Eliminate dairy and try coconut, almond, or soy milk instead. 
  • Use Tea – Swap your coffee for tea for a favorite boba drink. 
cream being poured into a glass of boba iced coffee

Make Ahead And Storage

Prep Ahead – Make your iced coffee concentrate and your boba in advance and store in the fridge. Assemble the drink according to the recipe and serve. 

Store – Boba are best used within a few hours but will keep for several days in the fridge. Be sure to store them in the cooking liquid or simple syrup or they will harden. Your Iced Coffee Concentrate can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Freeze – Freeze leftover iced coffee concentrate in ice cube trays to add to coffee drinks later on. To freeze boba follow these instructions. 

  • Place cooked, cooled, and drained black tapioca pearls into a freezer-safe bag and remove excess air before sealing.
  • To use, put the boba into boiling water for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Turn off the heat and let sit for 5 more minutes. 
  • Run under cool water then drain and serve according to the recipe. 
the completed iced boba coffee recipe


What Is Boba?

Boba, also called bubbles, are made from tapioca starch. The little chewy pearls come in several colors. They are used to make a variety of drinks and gained popularity in Taiwan but can be found all over the world.

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the finished iced boba coffee ready to be served
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Iced Boba Coffee + Instant Pot Iced Boba Coffee

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: asian
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 2
Calories: 525kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy


Instant Pot Iced Coffee Concentrate:

  • 1 ¼ cups (102g) freshly ground coffee regular or decaf
  • 18 cups (4.5L) water

Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate:

  • 1 ¼ cups (102g) freshly ground coffee regular of decaf
  • 5 cups (1.18L) water


  • 1 cup (160g) black tapioca pearls
  • 7 cups (1.65L) water

For Making the Iced Boba Coffee:

  • 1 cup (236ml) Iced Coffee Concentrate
  • 1 cup (236ml) cold water
  • ½ cup (120ml) heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar to mix with heavy cream


Instant Pot Iced Coffee Concentrate Instructions:

  • Add ground coffee and water to the Instant Pot insert and stir to mix.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot and cook at high pressure for 5 minutes followed by a complete natural pressure release.
  • Remove the insert from the Instant Pot and carefully strain the Instant Pot iced coffee concentrate.
  • Note: This entire process took approximately 90 minutes.

Cold Brew Iced Coffee Concentrate Instructions:

  • Combine the ground coffee and water (using a 1:4 ratio) inside a large container. Stir to mix well.
  • Cover and let it brew for at least 12 hours out of direct sunlight or inside the refrigerator.
  • Strain your Cold Brew Iced Coffee Concentrate to remove coffee grounds and store in the fridge.

Instant Pot Boba Instructions:

  • Place tapioca pearls in the Instant Pot Instant with water.
  • If using quick cook boba, bring them to pressure and then immediately perform a quick pressure release (QPR).
  • If not using quick cook variety, set to pressure cook / manual pressure for 3 minutes, then when done allow for a natural pressure of 10 minutes, followed by a quick pressure release.

Iced Coffee Boba Instructions:

  • Divide the cooked boba pearls into 2 cups.
  • Combine iced coffee concentrate and water. Stir in the heavy cream and sugar until well mixed and sugar is dissolved.
  • Divide between the two cups and serve.
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  • We have provided the recipe for Iced Coffee Concentrate for convenience but the time for the Iced Boba Coffee recipe assumes that you already have Iced Coffee Concentrate on hand. 
  • Ice Coffee Concentrate can be stored for up to a week in the fridge. 
  • Boba is best when used within a few hours but can be stored in the cooking liquid or simple syrup in the fridge for a few days. 
  • Use BIG straws. You will need straws that are large enough for the boba to pass through. 


Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 875IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Enjoyed this with breakfast this morning and started my day off right! So crisp and refreshing; perfect for a hot summer day!

  2. 5 stars
    I love boba!! I always end up buying it at a cafe though because I never knew that it was so easy to make at home! Can’t wait to try this to satisfy my coffee fix tomorrow!

  3. 5 stars
    My husband loves boba tea but I’m much more of a coffee person, so this recipe is perfect for people like me! I don’t have to feel left out anymore! Ha! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    I am so intrigued by your recipe that I can’t wait to check if I have everything on my hands to make it ASAP!

  5. 5 stars
    I love iced coffee and boba tea, never thought to do boba coffee. I can’t wait to try this and love that I can do everything in the IP.