Coffee Milk Tea – Yuenyeung

Glass of pale tan coffee milk tea with ice cubes.

coffee milk tea recipe (yuenyeung)

what is coffee milk tea? it’s a mix of, you guessed it, coffee and milk tea. it originated in hong kong, so i sometimes refer to the drink by its cantonese name, yuenyeung.

how to make coffee milk tea

matcha milk tea is pretty easy to make strong, even when you combine it with other ingredients to make drinks like matcha rose lattes or earl grey matcha lattes. my previous problem with non-matcha homemade milk tea was the watery blandnessm though. i couldn’t figure out how to steep the tea strong enough in hot water, and add enough milk or cream to make it creamy without diluting the tea flavor.

however, i recently made brown sugar pearl milk tea, and jun’s usage of milk to steep the tea, instead of water with milk mixed in later, is a gamechanger. a generous helping of brown sugar doesn’t hurt either (your favorite boba shop definitely adds more than the sprinkle you might be using).

i like how the strength of espresso here, but maybe you don’t. you can brew some coffee to your preferences and use that instead. OR if you’re feeling a little frisky, you can do a dalgona version: top the milk tea with the dalgona coffee whip (here’s i am a food blog’s tips for making dalgona coffee).

what does it taste like?

sweet and creamy, definitely a treat! the floralness of the milk tea comes through, with a hint of bitterness from the coffee. a decadent afternoon pick me up (especially if you decide to add boba simmered in brown sugar syrup; you can reference jun’s post above!).

It looks like a creamy iced latte, but this drink is actually a coffee milk tea with a shot of espresso and plenty of milky tea!

5 from 3 votes
Tall clear glass filled with creamy beige liquid with a silver metal straw in it.
Coffee Milk Tea
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
This coffee milk tea has espresso and milk tea, and it's sweetened with brown sugar! Perfect for when you want to switch up your latte routine.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Asian, Cantonese, Chinese
Keyword: assam tea, black tea, dairy-free, drinks, earl grey tea, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, milk, milk tea, non-alcoholic, nut-free, tea, vegan
Servings: 1 people
Calories: 194 kcal
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon loose black tea leaves or 1 tea bag
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar or to taste
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons espresso powder
  • ice to serve
  1. Heat the milk and black tea until the milk is steaming. You can do this in the microwave in a microwaveable container, or on the stovetop in a small pot. Stir in the brown sugar and salt until dissolved.
  2. Meanwhile, make 1 serving of espresso, either using the 1/2 cup water and 1 1/2 T espresso that I have listed, or based off of your equipment’s capacity. I use a Moka pot (something like this), but this article has some other options in case you don’t have a Moka pot.
  3. Let both the milk tea and coffee cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until cold. Remove the tea leaves or bag, squeezing out any excess liquid back into your milk tea, and discard the tea leaves/bag. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
  4. In a tall glass, add ice. Pour in the espresso, then the milk tea, and stir to combine. Serve cold.
Recipe Notes

You can substitute any nut, oat or coconut milk instead of the milk if you'd like to keep this drink dairy-free and vegan!

You can use any tea here, but I'd personally recommend a strong black tea rather than a white or green tea (unless it's hojicha), since it stands up better to the coffee. Think earl grey, assam, oolong and more!

7 Replies to “Coffee Milk Tea – Yuenyeung”

  1. This is an interesting mix of flavors, but one I would certainly like to try. Sounds very indulgent and a lovely treat.

  2. Glad to have found your blog! It is the first time I came across the mixture of milk tea and coffee and it is really delicious! 🙂5 stars

  3. Been missing milk tea and coffee milk tea is my favorite! Especially with a recipe that’s easy and doesn’t call for so many ingredients, can’t wait to try! Thanks!5 stars

    1. hope you like it! i’ve definitely come to appreciate boba shops more since the pandemic migrated us inside, but this is a good way to stave off the cravings (:

  4. I just needed to make sure, does the T for brown sugar and espresso powder stand for Teaspoon or Tablespoon? Thanks!

    1. hi there – T is for tablespoon!

  5. Okay, thank you! 🙂

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