Teavana Unsweetened Black Tea

Teavana is introducing a new ready-to-drink bottled tea: It's an unsweetened Meyer Lemon Black Tea. Basically, it's all the goodness of Teavana black tea without sugar. It has hints of lemon and lime and lots of strong black tea flavor coming through without any bitter black tea bite.

It's not available everywhere yet. Select stores are seeing this pop up and it's available at select grocery stores too.

I love it. I wish I had more of it. Finally, something with no sugar! I can drink it with impunity, and not worry about having too much sugar in one drink!

I have to tell you that Starbucks sent me a few bottles on the house to try out - thank you Starbucks!


Now is a very good time to get to your neighborhood Teavana store. There are roughly 600 of them in the United States, mostly located inside malls. Loose leaf tea, brewing equipment and more is on sale! As you may have heard, Starbucks is shuttering all the Teavana stores eventually (which makes me very sad!).

There were a lot of teas at Teavana that I loved!

Teas that mingle with other teas: A whole new way to give your tea new flavor. (Free Tea Friday coming soon)

Starting today, July 11, 2017, your Iced Shaken Teavana tea has the option to be jazzed up with one of three infusions. Starbucks offers several classic iced teas, such as a black tea, green tea, passion tango tea, and a white tea. Until now, if you wanted to add a new flavor to your tea, you had to add a syrup, such as Mango syrup or Raspberry. Now you can add an "infusion".

There are 3 infusions to choose from, all of which are all-neworiginal Teavana tea blends tailored and blended to complement the classic iced teas.  While the infusion may be inspired by a classic Teavana favorite, they are original blends themselves.

The Strawberry Infusion is inspired by Teavana's Strawberry Paraiso white tea.

The Pineapple Infusion gets its inspiration from Teavana's Pineapple Kona Pop herbal tea.

The Peach Infusion is inspired by Teavana's Peach Tranquility herbal tea.

I got an early taste of all of the infusions. I really love that you can add a whole new flavor to your tea without adding calories or carbs! The Pineapple Infusion was by far my favorite. It goes perfectly with the black tea, creating a balanced infusion. During my early tasting, I tried several combinations, with and without the cane sugar, and I liked them without the sweetener, although the cane sugar definitely highlights some of the flavors. The Strawberry Green Tea Infusion brings out the mint notes in the classic Starbucks green tea.

The tea masters at Starbucks went through a whole panel of flavor ideas and combinations before coming up with these 3 perfect beverages for you.

You can mix and match the infusions with your classic teas, but here's the 3 Starbucks Tea Infusions that are recommended:

      • Teavana Shaken Iced Pineapple Black Tea Infusion – Tropical pineapple flavors from a fruit and botanical blend are combined with premium Teavana® Black Tea then slightly sweetened with liquid cane sugar for a refreshing drink that's just subtly sweet.
      • Teavana Shaken Iced Strawberry Green Tea Infusion – Juicy strawberry notes in our fruit and botanical blend are combined with premium Teavana® Green Tea then slightly sweetened with liquid cane sugar.
      • Teavana Shaken Iced Peach Citrus White Tea Infusion – Fruit and botanical blends, featuring ripe peach flavor notes, are combined with premium Teavana® White Tea, then slightly sweetened with liquid cane sugar. 

When you walk into a store, you might even notice the Infusion pitchers in the stores, which have lids in a color designed to correspond to which Infusion it is:


You can customize your drink! You can definitely ask for your Teavana Tea Infusion to be unsweetened. You can also ask for it to have a little more or a little less, if you want to emphasize the infusion flavor. Of course you order the infusions as a tea lemonade too.

Your infusion contains the following:



^ The pitcher with the yellow top is the Pineapple Infusion. It's adjacent to the core Starbucks black tea. It gets a little cane sugar shown in the picture, and like any other Teavana Iced Tea at Starbucks, it's finished with 10 shakes with ice cubes in the shaker. A Grande size (16 ounces) Tea Infusion sweetened with cane sugar has 45 calories, which translates into 11 carbs, for those who are carb counters. Starbucks introduced a special cane sugar to their tea lineup in March this year. Before cane sugar, the teas came sweetened with a "classic syrup" that was akin to a simple syrup.

Free Tea Friday: You can try the Tea Infusions free from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at any participating Starbucks store, this Friday, July 14, 2017.

By the way, Starbucks has done some interesting tea testing over the years. Recently, there was a Peach Tranquility infused with Nitro tea test in Seattle. That was incredible. I remember many years ago there was a test of "Teas that aren't afraid to mingle" which were Tazo teas with sparkling water and some kind of flavoring. They were incredibly delicious, but never made it past a tiny test stage of development. In 2002, there was even a Tazo Tea blended tea Frappuccino, called Tazo Citrus. Starbucks is constantly evolving and trying new things with tea!

For me personally, since I'm trying hard to cut back on sugar, I really like this new option of a way to jazz up your tea, without added calories and sugar.


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Melody Overton

Melody Overton is a long-term Seattleite with a passion for Seattle, coffee, a great slice of pizza, and beautiful shoes. From California originally, she moved to Seattle after 4 years Air Force. She loves blogging!

Teavana Tea Mixology at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery: 2 new summer drinks at the experience bar.

Starbucks has taken 2 Teavana tea favorites and given them an all-new sweet and delicious summer twist. At the Experience Bar at the Starbucks Roastery, you can now order the Silver Needle Strawberry Spritzer and the Citrus Mint Tonic.

The Silver Needle Strawberry Spritzer features Silver Needle, a delicate white tea, and the Citrus Mint Tonic features Citrus Lavender Sage.

As a reminder, the Experience Bar is an area of the Roastery at the far west end of the large Roastery space, where there are often unique coffees or drink creations not available in the main “engine” part of the Roastery.


The first one I tried was the Citrus Mint Tonic. Here’s how Starbucks describes it:

Citrus Lavender Sage tea, tonic water, mint, lime, and ice – topped with sparkling water and muddled turbinado sugar.”

This uses about an ounce and a half of Citrus Lavender Sage, and gets muddled with lime, tubinado sugar, tonic and water. The first picture is Anton using a muddler on the beverage. It’s topped with sparkling water, after a bartender-worthy mixed-drink shake:

he Citrus Mint Tonic tastes very inspired by alcohol! It’s a bit like a virgin Mint Julep or Mojito drink. The combination of flavors of tonic with quinine and mint give it a very alcohol-ish flavor, with no actual alcohol.

The tea in it is Citrus Lavendar Sage, a popular Teavana herbal tea. It’s one that I’ve made at home and enjoyed at the Roastery as just an iced tea. Since I know the flavor of that tea, I can taste it popping through. This drink though, is not a one-flavor wonder drink, rather has lots of good things going on in it.


The Silver Needle Strawberry Spritzer is described as “Silver Needle tea, fresh-cut strawberries, sparkling water and strawberry elixir finished with mint and a lemon twist.

This beverage uses about 3 ounces of Teavana Silver Needle, made as a concentrate, strawberry slices, a strawberry elixir, muddled together, and finished with sprigs of mint, lemon peel, and a little sparkling water on top.

The strawberries are sourced fresh from a farm in California. Roastery partners prep ingredients every day – Starbucks doesn’t buy any pre-peeled or cut lemon garnishes. Roastery partners peel lemons every day. Silver Needle tea is one of the more expensive Teavana teas, so the ingredients for this drink are a little expensive.

This is super delicious! It doesn’t really remind me of any particular alcoholic drink, but it’s absolutely a sweet, refreshing treat. It’s a lot of strawberry flavor, and the strawberry bits even kind of clog your straw, if you’re drinking through a straw.

The Citrus Mint Tonic is $7.50 and the Silver Needle Strawberry Spritzer is $8.00.

Be sure to try the other mixology drinks when you’re visit the Roastery: The Roastery still offers the Melrose, Emerald City Mule, and the Cascara Lemon Sour.

(None of the Roastery mixology beverages include alcohol. They’re all no-alcohol drinks.)


Melody Overton

Melody Overton is a long-term Seattleite with a passion for Seattle, coffee, a great slice of pizza, and beautiful shoes. From California originally, she moved to Seattle after 4 years Air Force. She loves blogging!

NEW: Iced teas with a twist. Gluten free breakfast sandwiches go national.

Starting today, March 21, 2017, there’s new food and tea at Starbucks! Your Teavana Shaken Iced Teas get a big makeover and Starbucks has added a shaken iced white tea to the menu! Here’s a taste of what’s new at Starbucks:

NEW: Teavana Shaken Iced White Tea: Starbucks says that this is, “Soft and delicate flavor with a clean, bright finish, new Teavana Shaken Iced White Tea is shaken with ice for a crisp, subtly sweet refreshment.”

NEW: All the Teavana Shaken Iced Teasare now sweetened with a liquid cane sugar, which was specially crafted to complement the Teavana teas, and has fewer calories than the previous sweetener.

NEW: Teavana Lightly Sweet Chai – Available hot or iced, Teavana Lightly Sweet Chai Tea Latte is a less-sweet take on the beloved Teavana Classic Chai Tea Latte. Black tea is infused with cinnamon, clove and other warming spices, mixed with steamed with milk and sweetened with new liquid cane sugar.

In the food news, there is big news: The Gluten Free Breakfast Sandwich is here nationally at Starbucks stores. You will like this even if you don’t require a gluten free diet.

I have actually had the new Gluten Free Breakfast Sandwich a couple of times before today’s national launch. I first tried it when it was in testing in San Diego county last fall. At that time, 350 select Starbucks locations carried this new breakfast sandwich. I was inside the Starbucks headquarters last month trying the new Overnight Grains, and had another chance to enjoy this new Gluten Free Breakfast Sandwich. Delicious!

This Canadian bacon and peppered egg patty and cheddar cheese breakfast sandwich is a tasty, not too heavy, delicious way to start your morning.

The Gluten Free Breakfast Sandwich is warmed in its own packaging to avoid cross contamination, ensuring it stays gluten free.

You’ll find the new Gluten Free Breakfast Sandwich at the majority of U.S. company-operated Starbucks locations.

#CoffTea - Teavana Infused Coffee

Here's something new in the world of Teavana teas and Starbucks coffee: An infusion of the two of them together. You can call it whatever you like, though I think #CoffTea kind of fits.

I had seen this happening on Instagram, where I stumbled upon the ModernBarista infusing Komodo Dragon with Oprah Chai tea:

I decided to recreate the above tea infusion experiment, trying three different coffee-tea infusions:

  1. Reserve Ethiopia Shakiso with Teavana Youthberry Tea
  2. Starbucks Veranda Blend with Teavana Earl Grey Tea
  3. Starbucks Komodo Dragon with Teavana Organic Chai. (I tried it with the newer chai tea, as Starbucks is phasing Oprah Chai out of Starbucks stores).

First off, you still want to follow all of the "4 fundamentals of a great cup of coffee." Use fresh, non-expired coffee. Use filtered water. Use the right proportion of coffee to water. Use the right grind for your brew method.

You want to steep your tea before making the coffee. However, have your coffee ready to go before you start steeping your tea bag. Measure out the right amount of hot water. Drop one tea bag in, and steep for just one minute:

For this experiment, we used 30 grams of coffee to 16 ounces of water. Grind your coffee for a pour over. Get your water, just off the boil. Drop your tea bag into it. Steep for just one minute.

Then use the water in your kettle (now the tea) to make a pour over of coffee. You essentially are making a pour over of coffee substituting tea instead of water. You only want to steep the tea for just one minute to make sure that the water doesn't cool off too much and so that you don't have such powerful tea that it overwhelms the coffee.


Next thing you know, you have tea infused coffee!

Here's the Komodo Dragon with Chai being made:

So here's what I thought of these:

Ethiopia Shakiso with Teavana Youthberry: This was sooo good! You get a burst of berry notes, and very easy to drink coffee. The aroma is amazing.

Veranda Blend with Earl Grey - This is an interesting combination. Your coffee becomes remarkably complex with all kinds of flavor notes. The Veranda blend gains a lot of softness and smoothness from the tea.

Komodo Dragon with Chai: This becomes a very spicy coffee. All of the spicy notes in Komodo Dragon just pop. One barista who tried it with me described it as, "your coffee becomes like eating chili."

I definitely want to try these again, and I would LOVE to try the first two (Shakiso and Youthberry, and Veranda and Earl Grey) iced. I think there would have to be some adjustment of the recipe, but I can see that an iced Ethiopia Shakiso infused with Youthberry would be a fabulous Reserve bar type drink.

Your local baristas might be confused by this. Also, in order to get your baristas to do this, you may have to purchase both a tea and a coffee. Don't try to spring the idea of Teavana infused coffee on your local store during peak rush hour. This would be an excellent experiment to try at home too.

I'm campaigning for these coffee-tea infusions to make it on to a Reserve Starbucks bar beverage menu!



Starbucks Stores Say Goodbye to Oprah Chai.

At the 2014 Starbucks annual meeting, Starbucks announced a partnership with Oprah Winfrey to bring an all-new Teavana Oprah-created Chai into Starbucks stores. In 2015, Starbucks introduced an herbal version of Oprah Chai tea.

It looks like you can still get Oprah Chai inside Teavana stores and on Teavana.com: Oprah Chai on Teavana.com.

At least inside of Starbucks stores, the Oprah Chai tea is being totally phased out. Here’s a great comparison of the new hot Chai inside Starbucks stores with the Teavana Oprah Chai:

The new Organic Starbucks Chai is a little darker of a black tea blend with less rooibos and a more subtle spice flavor than the Oprah Chai had.

So if you’re a hot Chai drinker at Starbucks, look for the Starbucks Chai inside stores very soon (many stores may have it now).

Super Easy Teavana Pumpkin Spice Brûlée Candied Pecans!

You can use Teavana's seasonal tea Pumpkin Spice Brûlée to make some pretty amazing pumpkin spice candied pecans. The actual recipe is courtesy of TheModernBarista.com - My good friend Jocelyn created this recipe and as soon as she shared it on social media, I went out and bought ingredients to make this at home!

Here's the ingredient list:

  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup Teavana Pumpkin Spice Brûlée tea, finely ground
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 cups pecan halves

In a nonstick pan combine brown sugar, tea, salt, butter and water. Melt over high heat. Once mixture starts bubbling, add pecans. Stir until they are thoroughly coated. Turn the heat down to low and let cook for about 5 minutes, until the sugar starts to glaze. Remove from heat, spread pecans on a plate and break apart once cool.

Super easy! I couldn't stop eating these after I made them! First off, I gathered up a few things I would need:

I used an old blade-style coffee grinder to finely grind the Teavana tea. It worked pretty well! I want to show you a before and after the Pumpkin Spice Brûlée tea.

If you have a little bit of the finely ground tea left over at the end, you can even just slightly dust your pecans, as they are cooling. These are delicious. You get a subtle pumpkin spice flavor with lovely pecans. (Although if you decide to very lightly dust your final pecans with more finely ground tea, you'll get a bigger pumpkin spice flavor. Either way is amazing.)

Maybe the next big drink at Starbucks should be a pumpkin spice pecan latte? ;) Pecan and pumpkin spice go together!

These were yummy! Let me know if you try these too.

Here's my final yummy pecans:


The very first photo in this article is courtesy of TheModernBarista.com.

Just as a reminder, I recommend you visit these websites:

Nitro Teavana Peach Tranquility

Starbucks is testing something pretty amazing. It's the Teavana Peach Tranquility infused with nitrogen.

This is pure brilliance. It's a sweet, cold, creamy tea that foams up due to the infusion of nitrogen. I had to ask the barista if there was any added sugar because it was plenty sweet for me. It's just tea. It tastes amazing and still very low calorie.

The test is a small test in select Seattle Reserve stores. Not every Reserve location has it. You can find the Nitro Teavana Peach Tranquility at the Ballard Reserve Starbucks and the Starbucks at 7th and Westlake in downtown Seattle.

The 7th and Westlake Starbucks offers a "flight" of beverages so you can compare a Reserve Cold Brew, regular cold brew (not infused with nitrogen), Nitro Peach Tranquility, and regular (non Reserve) Nitro Cold Brew. The baristas allowed me to substitute in a "Lake Union Fog" which is exclusive to that store.

The Lake Union Fog is cold brew with a creamy foam (using a spindle blender, it foamed up), vanilla powder (a powder exclusive to their store, not the same powder as in the Frappuccino), and topped with a sugary topping that - so I'm told - is made using crushed coffee cherries as an ingredient of that topping. The Lake Union Fog ends up being quite sweet for a cold brew drink.

Hope you get to try these!

In the above flight photo, the far left beverage is the Nitro Peach Tranquility. The next beverage (which has a sugary topping) is the Lake Union Fog. The far right beverage is a regular classic Starbucks Cold Brew, which is now called the Narino 70 Cold Brew, according to Starbucks.  The far right standard Starbucks Narino 70 Cold Brew is not infused with nitrogen. In between the standard, classic Starbucks Cold Brew and the Lake Union Fog is the standard Nitro Cold Brew, which is the Narino 70 Cold Brew simply infused with nitrogen.

Here's the sign inside the store for the test beverages:

Of course, I wouldn't be doing you justice if you didn't get a nice closeup of the Nitro Teavana Peach Tranquility, which is AMAZING as a nitrogen-infused beverage:

And last but not least, the menu for these test drinks:

Eventually, I will be writing about this on StarbucksMelody.com - please subscribe to StarbucksMelody! I have a couple of questions about this test still, and right now I have an email out to a contact person inside the headquarters. The article that will soon appear on StarbucksMelody.com will look close to this one but may have some slight variations to it.

I truly hope you get the chance to try the Nitro Teavana Peach Tranquility. It is a winner. Yes, I liked the Lake Union Fog but I could easily see myself ordering Nitro Peach Tranquility when I'm craving any kind of tea-like drink. (Yes, I love the Starbucks cold brew but sometimes I want tea!)


National Iced Tea Day: Buy One Get One Free at Starbucks & Enter to Win Free Tea at Teavana.

Today is National Iced Tea Day!

Both Starbucks and Teavana are celebrating with offers. At Starbucks stores, when customers buy one Teavana Shaken Iced Tea they will get one free to share at Starbucks Stores on Friday, June 10.

At Teavana stores, customers can visit Teavana Stores to Win free Teavana Tea for a Year, plus the chance to instantly win a free 22 fluid ounce iced tea beverage and up to 50 percent off any full priced item, June 10-12, June 17-19, June 24-26. Also from June 10- 12, customers can come into Teavana stores and get a free tasting of Teavana tea blends made to be served over ice.

So when you go into Teavana stores, you will see something like this:

Go to Starbucks today to take advantage of buy one, get one free on the Teavana shaken iced teas!



For National Iced Tea Day, I decided that I’d show you an easy wayto make a huge pitcher of iced tea at home.

I’m going to be using the Teavana Peach Green Tea pitcher packets, sold at Starbucks stores or at StarbucksStore.com:

By the way, I literally had a perfect full, delicious pitcher of tea in like 11 minutes. That’s incredible. I gathered up everything that I thought I would need:

I am using the Breville Crystal Clear water heater, which is my favorite thing ever in my kitchen. I use it nearly every day for some kind of coffee or tea making. You will have 7 cups of boiled water about 5 minutes.

I decided to use my big 64 ounce mason jar that I bought for making cold brew coffee. I boiled water, and since that big mason jar is marked on the side with measuring indications, it’s easy to fill it just half way with boiling water. I did wait about 30 seconds before pouring the boiling hot water and added an ice cube. You actually want your water temp closer to 195, so I had about a 30 second lag before tossing in the sachet.

Toss in your Teavana Peach Green Tea pitcher sachet. I ripped open one sachet so you could see the green tea. Here’s what I had as I was waiting on the 5 minute brew time:

Five minutes flew by. (I used my phone to time the brew time.)

The next step is to fill your 64 ounce pitcher the rest of the way up with cold water. I used room temperature bottled water.

Then serve over ice: I crammed a cup full of ice and poured the iced tea over it.

This was super easy and delicious. It’s crisp, lemony, and peachy and I literally had fabulous iced tea super fast.

And in all honesty, this is way cheaper than buying iced tea at Starbucks. You can do the same with the Teavana Passion Tango Tea pitcher sachets. (If you use the Teavana Passion Tango Tea pitcher packs, there’s no need to worry about cooling your water to 195.)