Oprah Winfrey Surprises Patrons at Teavana in N.Y.C.

Originally posted 04/29/2014 02:31PM

Oprah Surprises Patrons for Launch of Oprah Chai
Kevin Mazur/Getty

Imagine you were just hanging out at your local coffee or tea shop, possibly a little undercaffeinated as you waited for your favorite brew to steep, and in walked Oprah Winfrey.

That’s exactly what happened to patrons Tuesday morning at the Teavana on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. (We’re still wondering how an event of such epic proportions didn’t break Twitter.)

Oprah Surprises Patrons for Launch of Oprah Chai
Kevin Mazur/Getty

To celebrate the launch of Oprah Chai Tea, which will be served at Starbucks and Teavana locations nationwide, Winfrey and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz stopped by the tea shop for a quick cuppa. “Oprah requested the Teavana partners at the store make her Oprah Chai extra-strong, the way she likes it,” a rep told PEOPLE. On her way out, Winfrey also handed out gift cards to the delighted crowd.

Oprah Surprises Patrons for Launch of Oprah Chai
Kevin Mazur/Getty

Winfrey told CBS This Morning that the idea for her own line of chai came about after she and Schultz were chatting at the wedding of mutual friend George Lucas. She told him about how she loved blending her own teas, he sent her some tea to try, and the rest is history. “Howard said, ‘why don’t you come to Starbucks, because we have teaologists there,’ well, actually what he said was, ‘You know I just bought Teavana,’” joked Winfrey.

Tell Us: Are you excited to try Oprah’s new tea? 

Oprah Surprises Patrons for Launch of Oprah Chai
Kevin Mazur/Getty

—Lexi Dwyer

Your Reaction

Follow Us
Add A Comment

PEOPLE.com reserves the right to remove comments at their discretion.

Showing 2 comments

Wendy on

I’d try it I love chair tea! In fact I buy chair tea a lot at Starbucks! :-D

Lindsey on

I LOVE a nonfat iced Oprah chai! :-)

Advertisement

 
Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters