I've been a Starbucks barista for over 10 years, and I love sharing my coffee knowledge with anyone who will listen.
Tea Tips From a Starbucks Insider
I have worked as a barista for Starbucks for a number of years now, and I've learned to navigate the menu inside and out. I thoroughly love teaching new baristas and customers the basics of how to customize our drinks, and I've been working on putting my knowledge into guides to reach people outside of my store. Welcome to my installment about Teavana teas!
Starbucks no longer serves Tazo brand teas in stores. The Tazo brand still exists, however, and its products can be purchased at grocery stores and online. Teavana is now the brand of tea that Starbucks serves in-store. Teavana also has its own retail locations that offer a huge variety of high-quality teas. Starbucks offers a small selection of the most popular Teavana teas, and I will be exploring those in detail here.
Starbucks Size Guide
|Size||Tea Bags||Pumps of Syrup|
Tall (12 ounces)
Grande (16 ounces)
Venti (20 ounces)
Starbucks Tea Basics
The standard presentation of our hot teas is just tea bags and hot water, but all of the Teavana teas can also be made into lattes or have syrup added to them. We have many sweeteners and milk options in our stores, and we are happy to add syrups to sweeten your teas (though this does come at an additional charge). All of our hot teas are made with 200°F hot water. If you would like to drink your tea right away, be sure to ask your barista to add a little ice.
Of all of the types of tea Starbucks offers, black teas have the most caffeine. There are two standard classic varieties that we have brought over from the Teavana menu.
Teavana Royal English Breakfast
English Breakfast is a basic black tea with a moderate level of caffeine that makes it a great way to start the day. Teavana's version of this classic features pleasant malty and oaky undertones. This tea is very close to the bygone Tazo Awake tea.
Teavana Earl Grey Creme
Earl Grey is a staple for many tea drinkers, and Starbucks happily offers Teavana's Earl Grey Creme tea. This black tea is a sweet and creamy version of Earl Grey. As with any traditional earl grey, this version features a flavor profile of bergamot, lemon, and lavender.
What sets the Teavana Earl Grey Creme apart from other Earl Grey teas for me is that it is not quite as peppery as I am used to. This is a very smooth play on the classic, and it comes across as a very mellow version. Earl Grey pairs very well with vanilla, and there is a Teavana Earl Grey Tea Latte standard on the Starbucks menu that features the addition of vanilla syrup and steamed milk.
Starbucks' green teas are the second most caffeinated teas on the menu. We now offer a standard green tea from Teavana, as well as a tea that features an exciting mix of mint and citrus that closely parallels the formerly offered Tazo Zen tea.
Teavana Emperor's Cloud and Mist
What a mouthful! This is a standard, classic green tea. The name hasn't been popular among my customers, and I totally understand why. If it's too much to remember, your barista probably won't have a problem with you ordering this as a plain green tea.
This Teavana classic is named for the location at which the tea leaves are harvested. Starbucks boasts that this Chinese green tea is grown at 3,500 feet. The name attempts to capture the ethereal look of the location.
Teavana Jade Citrus Mint
Originally, Starbucks carried Tazo's Zen tea, which was a green tea with an interesting mix of citrus and spearmint. Teavana's more descriptively named Jade Citrus Mint is a solid competitor. Jade Citrus Mint contains lemon verbena, lemongrass, and just a hint of spearmint. The mix may sound unconventional, but it is a thoroughly refreshing green tea. Jade Citrus Mint is also used for Starbucks' green iced tea.
There is only one Teavana white tea that made the Starbucks menu, but it is a great option. White tea features leaves that are the least processed of any type of tea, so the caffeine content is fairly low—Teavana estimates that their white teas contain between one and two percent of the amount that would be found in a cup of coffee.
Although white tea is touted as featuring delicate flavors, Youthberry is a vibrant and fruity blend. It tastes most strongly of açai, but it also features notes of hibiscus, rose petal, red currant, pineapple, mango, and apple. This is a really complex blend, and I find myself tasting new hints of flavor every time I try a cup.
There are currently four Teavana herbal teas offered in Starbucks stores. These are the only fully decaf hot tea options.
Teavana Mint Majesty
This has been an extremely popular option at my store. Mint Majesty is a blend of both spearmint and peppermint, which creates an interesting blend. There is just a hint of lemon verbena in Mint Majesty, but when I drink it, all I taste is the blend of mints. Mint Majesty is my number one pick for soothing a sore throat. It has a very refreshing flavor, and I find myself enjoying it even in warm weather.
Teavana Peach Tranquility
I tend to recommend this herbal tea a lot for people who are seeking a strong flavor. Peach Tranquility features a combination of candied peach, pineapple, chamomile blossom, lemon verbena, and rosehip. The most prominent flavor is, of course, the candied peach. This may be a strange comparison, but Peach Tranquility tastes just like peach gummy rings to me.
Teavana Passion Tango
Starbucks used to offer Tazo's Passion tea, and Teavana's Passion Tango is very close. Passion Tango seems to feature mango and papaya most strongly, but it also contains hibiscus, lemongrass, apple, and cinnamon. It is an interesting floral and fruity blend that is very tart. Passion Tango is also used for iced Passion teas in Starbucks stores.
Teavana Pineapple Kona Pop
This tea also comes highly recommended by me, but it features a very mild flavor. It is absolutely delicious, but when compared to Youthberry, Passion Tango, or Peach Tranquility, it lacks some of the punch. Pineapple Kona Pop is flavored mostly with pineapple, but it is infused with orange blossom, which adds just a hint of citrus and floral flavor.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.