Boba tea is a labor of love for Wee Tea co-founders

Arvada residents Nhi Vo and Vinh Nguyen open tea shop at Wadsworth and 88th

Rylee Dunn
rdunn@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 2/14/22

Nhi Vo remembers her father making tea every morning.

“My dad, every morning he would make tea – this is back when they were in Vietnam. It’s just a thing that everyone does; you always have a hot pot of tea in every morning,” Vo said. “It’s the first thing when you wake up; you brew your tea.”

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Boba tea is a labor of love for Wee Tea co-founders

Arvada residents Nhi Vo and Vinh Nguyen open tea shop at Wadsworth and 88th

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Nhi Vo remembers her father making tea every morning.

“My dad, every morning he would make tea – this is back when they were in Vietnam. It’s just a thing that everyone does; you always have a hot pot of tea in every morning,” Vo said. “It’s the first thing when you wake up; you brew your tea.”

Vo’s desire to carry on her family’s tea tradition led her to opening Wee Tea, a boba shop in Arvada that opened on Feb. 6. The tea shop – just the second boba storefront in Arvada – offers milk tea, fruit tea, slushes and an assortment of Vo’s signature drinks.

Vo, a stay-at-home mom of two, and her husband Vinh Nguyen, a chemical engineer, hatched the plan to open a tea shop after finding a dearth of non-coffeehouse establishments for young people to hang out at. Vo said she decided to pursue a boba shop because of how important tea is to her family.

“The kids always liked boba tea and we’d go together after dinner to boba tea shops, and I thought about, ‘What if we open a place?’” Vo said. “I want to have a place where high school kids can hang out besides a coffee shop.”

From there, Vo spent two years perfecting her boba recipe with the help of her family, which she said served as a focus group.

“I wanted to take it in my own hands and have my own place and make boba how I want it to taste and the texture and all of that,” Vo said. “(Nguyen) doesn’t like boba, but he likes mine – and so do the kids. It makes me feel good that they actually enjoy it.”

Vo’s specific taste in boba led her to seeking out a Taiwan-based supplier that stocks Wee Tea with fresh, nutritious ingredients. After tackling the challenge of how to perfect boba, Vo set her sights on crafting unique signature drinks.

These include the WeeTea Signature – a jasmine milk tea – and WeeTea Double Delight – a matcha concoction that Nyugen said is a fan favorite.

As with everything involved in the planning process, Vo used her kids, aged 8 and 10, and husband to test flavors and drinks. She found that because she’d grown so used to drinking strong tea, she’d need to tone down Wee Tea’s offerings to reach a broader audience.

The planning process continued over the course of about two years, with Vo and Nguyen signing a lease for Wee Tea’s Wadsworth Boulevard storefront in June. At that point, they just needed a name.

“I came up with ‘Wee Tea’ because we as a family always do everything together. But then we also have people – friends and family – come together for a good meal, a good cup of tea. So, I came up with that name and it revolves around my kids. The two pandas represent those two,” Vo said.

Vo continued to say that Wee Tea’s panda-themed logo came from her daughter, aged 10, who drew a girl and a boy panda, representing herself and her brother. Vo took the sketch to a professional graphic artist who fleshed out the design, creating the logo Wee Tee uses today.

Nguyen said that in addition to creating a unique hang out spot for young people, he wanted to see Wee Tea working with local schools for fundraisers in the future.

We want to grow the business so first the community can have time together, but also we can do some fundraising for schools,” Nguyen said. “We plan to have school fundraising nights and give a portion of our profits to local schools.”

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