Now that Teavana has been Sold to Starbucks for 620 Million How Are You Feeling?

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I had never heard of teavana until I joined this site, and I have little use for starbucks. I use a small handful of Tazo teas, most in summer.
Now having heard of teavana, I don’t find the product line markets well to my tastes, I am grateful to be able to remain indifferent to the whole deal.

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Crystal said

I’ve been to the Teavana store in Honolulu and their sales tactics are super pushy. Their teas are okay, but I prefer Lupicia and Kusmi (two other tea vendors I’ve tried).

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momo said

I have a friend in the coffee business who hates Starbucks and he is defending the heck out of Teavana to me on Facebook….baffling.

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Mark B select said

I’m ashamed to say I too got my start brewing loose leaf tea from Teavana. I’m no hater, but a small amount of research will reveal many cost effective and fresher alternatives online and often locally.

Though when I heard they had a 75% off sale I dropped everything I was doing and braved the traffic in my local mall’s parking lot to buy a half pound of their Gyokuro. At $5/2oz (usually $20), I was happy to stockpile. I like that tea. A fine Gyokuro IMHO. I’m not much of a blend guy, so wasn’t t taken in by many of their other offerings. But at such a steep discount I couldn’t help but buy a couple/four oz. here and there of white, black and an oolong. I wish they’d let me sample them first. I like that about Bird Pick. I was also pleased to see the employees refresh each of the teas I was choosing from newly opened vacuum sealed bags.

I kinda like Teavana accessories too. I almost got a fancy digital water boiling system, but even at 50% off, I fought the urge. I DID buy one of those clay lined tumblers for cheap. That’s some tea paraphernalia that I have a hard time justifying, but the price sucked me in. For what it’s worth, nobody sold me hard, they pointed out things, but I succumbed to my own desires.

I’m no Starbucks hater. As a caffeine delivery system, I find they offer a powerful cup of joe. And as decaf goes, I’ve found I prefer their coffee to others. I hope the two companies are good for each other. I’m curious to see how they are incorporated. I know when I’m traveling in the US, and run out of my supply of travel tea, I can always swing by a local mall and stock up on something palatable at Teavana. If being absorbed into the SB’s family means they’ll be even more available, I’m all for it. But I’m not terribly hopeful. I’d be more concerned if Teavana was more of a boutique seller and got purchased by SB.

There’s no shame in it… the point is that you got your start

And Teavana still has a few things I like. I for one will strive to drink the things I like, and maybe it’s not the most prestigious or best quality all the time. I don’t care though, all that matters is that I like it.

Tea is supposed to be enjoyed.

za-hi said

yes, tea is supposed to be enjoyed. the thing is, though, that they charge a premium for their tea. if they priced their tea accordingly, then they wouldn’t be getting as much hate. not only are their prices unreasonable for the quality, their sales tactics are pushy and annoying.

but if you like it, then that’s your prerogative. enjoy

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za-hi said

teavana was a gateway into loose leaf, specifically tieguanyin (they call it monkey picked oolong). however after i’ve tried better quality tea for a better price, i’ve moved onto that. i don’t care what happens to that place. for some reason i associate teavana customers with those typical white girls who are all about their, "white peach tea with razzmatazz and crystal berry infusion. like yum!

when i was buying a cup of monkey picked oolong, the manager asked why i was buying a cup instead of 2 oz of the tea (in a snobby, you’re a dumb ass kind of way). so i told him that i’d rather pay $15 for 3.5 oz of oolong, knowing that it’s better quality than what you’re selling. then he said how do you know it’s better quality when you’re getting more of it for a cheaper price. i then told him that when a vendor is backed by a community of tea enthusiasts, then you know that the vendor sells quality tea. i also informed that when the majority of the tea enthusiasts have nothing but negative experiences with the company, then you know that the company is full of bs. i then cancelled the order and walked out of there like a boss.

Nice! I would have loved to have seen that. I for one don’t ever go there. It’s existence isn’t even a thought in my mind. As for you, way to go! :)

Haha. I only go there for the iced samples.

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Grrrlhowdy said

I’m a little addicted to their blackberry mojito tea. Not much else, though. But I’ve been wondering lately if I can’t make my own with the mass of green tea I got from David’s and hate (on its own), plus spearmint tea from wherever and some fresh blackberries. Anyone tried something like that?

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Teavana was also my gateway into looseleaf. I think it is for many. I still like a few of their teas, but they are mostly food and not tea. And they tend to discontinue what I like anyway. Love their pots though. So pretty.

I might try more if they were cheaper and didn’t put chicory/ hibiscus in everything.

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