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Pop Tea Bar replaces Beans n' Bites cafe

Uploaded: Jun 15, 2015
Palo Alto got yet another milk-tea shop this week with the opening of Pop Tea Bar at 456 Cambridge Ave., the former home of Beans n' Bites and before that, 3 G's Cafe.

Beans n' Bites, which opened in October, suddenly closed a few weeks ago. Owner Valery Yu could not be reached for comment.

Michelle Zheng, a San Francisco resident who has been searching for a place to open her own milk tea and/or coffee shop for two years, said Monday that she recently heard about the Cambridge space, checked it out and was sold on the quiet, neighborhood feel.

Zheng is originally from China; she came to the United States with her family when she was 20 years old. She loves to eat and drink and a stint at a coffee shop years ago piqued her interest in opening her own place. But she had a child and instead decided to go back to school to become a medical assistant. She worked in a hospital for eight years before recently finding a partner with whom to open the Palo Alto shop.

Like most milk-tea joints, Pop Tea Bar offers made-to-order customizable drinks. Customers can choose from black, oolong or green tea as the base; add flavors, milk and toppings to their liking; and adjust the ice and sweetness levels. Zheng said the teas are brewed fresh every four hours.

A classic milk tea goes for $3.50; extra toppings (tapioca, grass jelly, lychee jelly, fresh fruit and more) are 50 cents each. Regular coffee and espresso drinks are also on the menu.

Pop Tea Bar, a new milk-tea shop on Cambridge Avenue in Palo Alto.

For now, Pop Tea Bar will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, Zheng said. Head over for the official grand opening Friday, June 19, and get a free topping.

The new shop follows on the heels of two other Palo Alto bubble tea spots, T4 and Gong Cha, both downtown. Valencia Asian Market on El Camino in Palo Alto also serves milk tea.
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Posted by Mike Keenly, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park,
on Jun 15, 2015 at 11:17 pm

I love milk-tea, but do we really need another? Tea Era on Castro in Mountain View is my current go-to. This section of Cambridge is a tough location for any food-related business.

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Posted by Kate, a resident of College Terrace,
on Jun 16, 2015 at 3:42 pm

So nice to have this that's walking distance...and Mike, MTV is pretty far to go...when you have one that's more local to you! Hope they do well.

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Posted by Grace, a resident of College Terrace,
on Jun 18, 2015 at 10:42 am

I am so saddened by the loss of Bean n' Bites! They were exactly the type of small business owners with great food, nice service and reasonable price that we need in Palo Alto. The fact that they offered such a diverse range of homey Chinese food which we usually can't get unless we go to San Mateo or Cupertino made them an even greater gem in my opinion.

I wish the owner Valery all the best in whatever she pursues next!

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