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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.”