Mapua left her technology job to do just that, opening Teaquation in Redwood City in 2016.
Bubble tea, or "boba," shops are popping up left and right in Silicon Valley, but Teaquation does its own thing. When Mapua first opened, she said customers were constantly asking for boba. She now works to communicate that tea and boba don't always go hand-in-hand, including with wooden #BreakUpWithBoba signs hanging on Teaquation's walls.
Teaquation serves layered tea drinks with complex flavors. The drinks feature ingredients that might be more commonly found at cocktail bars, such as hibiscus and butterfly pea flower. Teaquation's kitchen is filled with equipment typically found at bars. Stainless steel shakers, mixing glasses and jiggers sit neatly on the counter behind a large wooden bar with neon bar stools.
One of Teaquation's best-sellers, "The Joker," is a spin on a basil gimlet. Instead of gin and lime, it's made with butterfly pea tea and pineapple juice. The drink is deep purple on top, bright yellow in the lower half and topped off with foam and basil.
Other drinks include the "Pink Cadillac," a combination of grapefruit, pineapple and hibiscus juices, which fade together into a mesmerizing gradation of pink and yellow. There's also the "Lucky Break," made of organic matcha, mango pur
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