Friday, January 02, 2009

Starbucks debuting new tea-based drinks

Starbucks is scheduled to introduce several new antioxidant-rich tea beverages in its more than 11,000 U.S. stores beginning Saturday, January 3.

The new Full Leaf Tazo Tea Lattes and Tazo Tea Infusions will be available along with tea drinks already on the menu, although they will be the first to use full-leaf tea bags in stores, allowing customers to steep to the strength they prefer.

The hot tea lattes are made with Tazo tea and steamed milk in three flavors: Black Tea Latte, Vanilla Rooibos Latte, featuring a naturally caffeine-free South African herbal tea, and London Fog Latte with a blend of black tea, bergamot, French lavender and vanilla. The price range, depending on where you are, will be $2.85 to $3.50 for a tall.

The non-dairy Tazo Tea Infusions, available hot or cold, include black chai tea steamed with fruit juices in Berry Chai Infusion and Apple Chai Infusion flavors. Price range: $2.40 to $2.70 for a tall.

All have fewer than 200 calories for a 12-ounce, or tall, serving, except the Apple Chai Infusion, which has 250.

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