Sit Back and Relax with a Cup of New Oprah-Branded Tea

03/19/2014 at 04:44 PM ET

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“One Oprah Chai, please!”

Yep, you might be hearing (or even saying) those words at Starbucks and Teavana stores soon; the queen of daytime talk is expanding her empire, announcing with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz (above) Wednesday that she’s launching her very own blend of tea.

Named yes, Oprah Chai Tea, the special blend (which Winfrey went to Seattle to create with teaologist Naoko Tsunoda) features notes of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves, blended with loose-leaf black tea and rooibos (a legume whose leaves are used to make herbal tea).

“I looove tea,” Winfrey said in a release. “My daily tea ritual is a vital part of my morning. Savory and spicy chai, with its deep flavor, has long been a favorite of mine.” In fact, Teavana’s tinned Maharaja Chai Oolong tea was picked as one of Winfrey’s trademark “Favorite Things” in 2013.

Available April 29, the tea will be sold in Starbucks and Teavana stores in the U.S. and Canada, and for each product sold, Starbucks will make a donation to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation. “To share one of my favorite things with the rest of the world and support youth education at the same time,” Winfrey said, “is truly the perfect blend.”

To see video from Winfrey’s tea-making trip to Seattle — and learn more about the inspirational website, steepyoursoul.com, that’s come out of this partnership — visit oprah.com.

—Kate Hogan

FILED UNDER: Food , Food News , Oprah Winfrey

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guest on

Oh geez, I’ll pass.

Anonymous on

trash

lr on

She doesn’t make enough money?

Anonymous on

Well guess I won’t be going to starbucks anymore can’t stand oprah

SS/BDM Fuhress Savannah on

They closed down the Starbucks near me, not that I would go into one. Be no more than a dollar or two for anything remotely as coffee. But some as Ofra like it so that’s nice for them. Now for the book Club, got any nice copies of WW2 stuff, kinda favoring the SS Ofra?

Anonymous on

i love chai! i hope it’s delicious :)

jay Brown on

Oprah,
You’ve had your day; now it’s time to retire and just leave. Stop being a mercenary and trying to dupe the innocent public into buying in to you and Deepak and your sales. People are much more aware that when you started out on your path. Give it a rest a d get lost!!

Selena on

No thank you. Besides, I only patronize mom and pop coffee shops.

glenn close on

Anonymous on

I don’t think I will be trying it anytime soon……as if everything isn’t already overpriced – I can’t imagine what they will charge for this because of the O!

Marija on

Doesn’t anyone in the US realize that CHAI means TEA in the rest of he world?

Laura Swami on

“chai” = “tea.” So “chai tea” is redundant. You could just be drinking plain tea!
The spice most people associate with chai is the “masala” in “masala chai”
Seriously, Oprah?!?

ann on

Racist. Enough of you rich girl………….

Mary on

I have made my own special Chai Tea blend and I did Not need to consult a teaologist to do it! It is SO easy to do yourself. And mine is delicious………..such a pity I am not famous otherwise I could make millions from it like Oprah. ;)

scw1993 on

The fact that she has never paid for, OR EARNED a degree which allows her to give out advice all these years is absolutely insane. The fact that she received a medal of freedom, BEFORE some of the army vets who received their Medals of Honor the other day is pathetic. Look at her sitting there with the red-bottomed, Louboutin heels on trying to make even more money and stay relevent.The fact that she has never paid for OR EARNED a degree which allows her to give out advice that she does is absolutely insane. The fact that she received a medal of freedom, BEFORE some of the army vets who received their Medalsl of Honor the other day is pathetic. Look at her sitting there with the red-bottomed, Louboutin heels on. Mercenary is right. All about the bucks and keeping herself relevent. She needs to go away.

Demario's on

I rather support education in the country this country.

Lacey on

Really? She doesn’t have enough money yet?

AnnG on

thought the old girl had lost lots of weight?????

Terry on

Not if it was the only tea they served!

Madi on

Cha-ching! go Oprah!

Peach on

Will this B $ T C H just please go away! Trying to stay relevant and she is NOT.

debi on

Chai tea is nothing new….it just takes some goofy celebrity to make another buck on something that’s been around for a very long time. I would much rather have Horchata as my drink of choice…you can get it at any Filaberto’s for next to nothing and during the hot summer months (here in Arizona anyway) it’s so refreshing over ice – Mexican cuisine is still the best all around in my book. I’m not crazy for India curry or other dishes that basically keeps you in the bat-room most of the evening. LOL

Aleksei on

Yea chai is tea in every language including Russian чаи

michelle on

I think this is beyond rediclous. I’ve been drinking chi from Starbucks 3 Times a day for almost a year. I’m will be no longer going. Leave it to Starbucks to whore its self out for something stupid. When did Oprah become a barista. I hope to hell it fails. Thanks starbucks for exploiting its faithful customers.

Witness Needing Protection on

Oprah and Starbucks now tell us that. “two moms are better than one”, in their new commercial.

That’s what it has come to now. Oprah and Starbucks are so money-grubbingly out-of-touch that they are now out-and-out insulting traditional families. If that’s not bad enough, they think that the traditional families will now celebrate the insult by running right over to put more money into the pockets of Oprah and Starbucks.

So let’s be clear now, one mom is as good as two moms. Two moms are not better than one mom. Got it, Oprah?

Don’t call names – no “haters” here, just one person who believes that “one mom” should not have to watch Oprah tell other people’s kiddies (Oprah doesn’t have any of her own) that if they “only” have one mom, they are not as good as the lucky, lucky kids who have two.

eBeth on

Mother’s Day is long over, Father’s won’t care. It’s not a fantastic beverage and the Bariastas have to say “Oprah Chia. AND her face is HUGE. Yes, it does look like she’s lost weight and it is a good photo, but it looks way more like a promotional poster for the Lion King.
No offense and I’m not a hater, I just want to know when her face will be getting out of the store.

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