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