Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Starbucks Drinks

Starbucks is getting in on the tea trend with a new line of tea lattes and non-dairy infusions. You can read about it on World Tea News or Yahoo Finance. Excerpt from Yahoo:

The gourmet coffee retailer said all but one of the new drinks are less than 200 calories for a 12-ounce, or tall, serving.

The new lattes are made with steamed milk and Tazo full-leaf tea bags. The new varieties include the Black Tea Latte, the Vanilla Rooibos Latte and the London Fog latte. The company already sells a chai tea and green tea latte.

Starbucks will also launch new Tazo Tea Infusions -- nondairy drinks made with Tazo black chai tea and fruit juice. The company will offer a Berry Chai Infusion, made with berry and black currant juices, and an Apple Chai Infusion, made with apple juice. That drink is 250 calories, the company said.

The latte drinks will be priced between $2.85 and $3.50 for a tall, depending on the location of the store. The infusions will sell for $2.40 to $2.70 for a tall.

Very interesting. I'm curious to see what happens with the balance between convenience and quality in Starbucks' move and the overall tea trend in the U.S.


Nicole said...

I tried the Vanilla Rooibos Latte and it was incredibly gross. Sickeningly sweet and bitter at the same time. Yuck! I think I will stick to the old chai tea lattes.

VeeTea said...

Thanks for sharing, Nicole!

Taylor said...

The apple chai is FABULOUS!! It like chai cider! And the London Fog tea is not so hot...I don't like the idea of drinking lavender..

VeeTea said...

Thanks for the feedback, Taylor! Does the London Fog have lavender in it? I tried it a while back -- to me, it was like an very milky, very sweetened Earl Grey. I was not impressed. I'll look out for the Apple Chai! Sounds way better than London Fog. :)

Taylor said...

It (the London Fog) does have lavender in it! To me it tasted like a weird mix of lavender and fruit loops! Not too great :)