Oprah Winfrey always has something new up her sleeve, and this time it involves the world’s biggest coffee chain and her own tea.
The media mogul linked up with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz at the companies shareholder’s meeting in Seattle this week, and the duo — who happen to be great friends — announced their latest money-making venture, Teavana Oprah Chai tea. The big O shared that the drink will not only taste good (it’s made of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves, blended with loose-leaf black tea and rooibos), but the coffee retailer will also make a donation to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation for each product sold.
“I looove tea,” Winfrey told the audience. “My daily tea ritual is a vital part of my morning. Savory and spicy chai, with its deep flavor, has long been a favorite of mine. When Howard Schultz offered to have me come into the Starbucks tasting room and create my very own tea blend, I thought that sounded like such a unique opportunity and fun to the tenth power. To share one of my favorite things with the rest of the world and support youth education at the same time is truly the perfect blend.”
“With the introduction of Teavana Oprah Chai, we are going to elevate the tea experience in the same way we did for coffee,” Schultz stated. “Partnering with Oprah Winfrey in the creation of this distinctive and remarkable tea is a strong next step forward in accomplishing this objective, while also giving back in a meaningful way through the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation. I am personally humbled to work with such an inspirational leader and visionary who shares so many of our core values and beliefs. I truly believe that, together, we will set the bar for a world-class tea experience at Starbucks and Teavana.”
According to the Associated Press, the new tea line will be available for customers at Starbucks and Teavana stores across the U.S. and Canada beginning April 29.
Check out footage of Oprah’s tea-making trip with “teaologist” Naoko Tsunoda, below.
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