Pengo: Bottle of Happiness

Sydney Wolfe, Staff Writer

I’ve been on a quest to find the best tea and boba in Orange County for quite a while. As a self-proclaimed boba connoisseur, I can guarantee you that Pengo Drink Station is number 1, and has some of the most mouth-watering, high-quality drinks in Southern California.

With quite an aesthetic menu, Pengo offers various teas, suitable for any of your particular cravings. The most infamous drinks on their menu are the sparkling fruit teas which are infused with mint leaf, lime, natural fruit, and chia seeds. My personal favorite from the assortment of fruit teas is the “Kiss of Dragon,” which not only has a beautiful magenta color, but is hand-crafted with fresh dragon fruit. For my friends with a lactose intolerance, Pengo’s fruit teas are for you.

Pengo also makes the best out of traditional flavors like taro, thai, and jasmine to compose the finest milk teas that have a satisfyingly smooth texture and taste. They also have signature drinks including fruit smoothies, slushy-like juices, and even milkshakes. 

And, of course, for the best part of their drinks: their boba. Pengo’s boba isn’t too chewy and its not-too-overpowering flavor goes perfectly with any drink you order. If you aren’t a fan of boba, they offer plenty of other delectable add-ons such as chia seeds, rainbow jelly, aloe vera, crystal boba, and coffee jelly.

Honestly, I don’t know where else you can find a place with as many authentic drinks and options as Pengo. Though the price for most drinks is just over $5, the high quality makes the price that some might think is too expensive, completely worth it.

Among all of my trips to the Pengo location in Laguna Hills, one drink has truly stood out to me and is single-handedly the reason why I choose to go to Pengo when I’m craving boba. This drink is the House Special Coffee, a sweet blend of iced coffee topped with a layer of cream, and my preferable add-on of coffee jelly.

To give you an idea of how good this drink is, I ordered it from DoorDash three consecutive days in a row over the summer. I’ll admit, it might be an unhealthy obsession, but if anything, it just shows how outstanding the drinks from Pengo are.

The physical presentation is another wonderful feature. All drinks are served in reusable glass jars with their adorable penguin logo on it. This eliminates the polluting usage of plastic cups that typically end up in landfills, leaking harmful chemicals into the environment when they decompose. Also, most locations offer promotions if you bring in your glass bottle to reuse. So, not only are you consuming a delicious drink and getting discounts, but you’re also helping the environment. It’s a win-win situation.

While the benefits of Pengo Drink Station exceed far beyond what I’ve covered, it is up to you to make a stop at the nearest location and experience the excellence of this corporation for yourself. And if you choose to deny their excellence, that’s your loss.