Teaquation, now serving tea 'cocktails' in Redwood City | Peninsula Foodist | Elena Kadvany | Almanac Online |

Local Blogs

Peninsula Foodist

By Elena Kadvany

E-mail Elena Kadvany

About this blog: I am a perpetually hungry twenty-something journalist, born and raised in Menlo Park and currently working at the Palo Alto Weekly as education and youth staff writer. I graduated from USC with a major in Spanish and a minor in jo...  (More)

View all posts from Elena Kadvany

Teaquation, now serving tea 'cocktails' in Redwood City

Uploaded: Feb 18, 2016
Sunset Boulevard, Orange is the New Black, Dark Knight, 50 Shades of Pink — you’re not at a Hollywood film festival, but rather drinking tea at the new Teaquation Cafe at Redwood City.

Teaquation has been serving up creative tea drinks (with the above creative names) since late January at 1036 El Camino Real, near Sequioa Station.

In her previous life, owner Mercedes Mapua was a designer for local tech companies — Cisco Systems, LG Electronics, smaller startups — for several years before leaving to pursue her own ventures. She tried launching her own startup. (It didn't work out.) She said she was "fed up" with local beverage options and eventually decided to make a go at her own unique concept. She's also passionate about mixology, so she came up with the idea of applying that to tea (sans the alcohol, though).

"The idea behind mixology is to keep customers' palates dancing between two or three tastes -- sweet, tart, maybe bitter," she said.

The "Sunset Boulevard," for example, comes with green tea, fresh pineapple, orange juice, coconut milk and hibiscus. On the other end of the spectrum is the "Dark Knight" with espresso, dark chocolate, black tea and organic milk. "Orange Is the New Black" is Teaquation's take on the classic Thai ice tea but with less sugar, coconut-milk whipped cream, honey and Himalayan pink sea salt.


Above: Teaquation's "Orange Is the New Black," a version of Thai iced tea. Photo courtesy Mercedes Mapua.

All of the ingredients for Teaquation drinks are made in house, including the coconut-milk whipped cream and a simple syrup. Mapua prides herself on the fact that all fruits and juices are fresh and pureed or squeezed every day and the tea brewed daily, compared to other cafes that might use flavored syrups or dried tea. All ingredients Teaquation uses are natural with no preservatives, she said.

"Regular" sized teas go for $4.50 to $4.75 and larges, $5 to $5.50.

Teaquation also serves espresso and coffee from Caffe Umbria, a wholesale coffee roasting company based in Seattle, and some pastries (made by a supplier). The cafe's hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday-Monday, noon to 8 p.m.
What is democracy worth to you?
Support local journalism.

Comments

There are no comments yet for this post
Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Stay informed

Get daily headlines sent straight to your inbox.

After 39 years of cakes and pastries, Palo Alto institution Prolific Oven to close
By Elena Kadvany | 56 comments | 15,323 views

What is your climate personality?
By Sherry Listgarten | 34 comments | 1,822 views

The Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Process Explained
By Steve Levy | 3 comments | 1,096 views

"You Gotta Have Balls [to do counseling] . . .
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 743 views

How to end the summer
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 607 views

 

Early Bird rates end today!

On Friday, October 11, join us at the Palo Alto Baylands for a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run or half marathon! All proceeds benefit local nonprofits serving children and families. Early Bird prices end Sun, Aug 18.

Register now