Tazo Tea Store Revisited. (Scroll down for the giveaway)

by Melody on December 30, 2012

Last month, the first Tazo Tea store (operated by Starbucks) opened.  It’s been almost two months since I’ve been back to the Tazo store, so I decided I was overdue to check out what’s new.  On top of that, when I did the Tazo Tea Card (which of course can be used at any Starbucks and registered online to Starbucks.com/card) giveaway, I discovered that it was one of my most popular giveaways ever.  Lots of people wanted a Tazo card!

When I walked into the Tazo store today (December 29, 2012), I was immediately greeted by Cody, who remembered me from my last visit in.  In my first article abut the Tazo Tea store, he was the Tazo partner making my sparking iced tea.  He joked that he was disappointed that I’d only featured his hands in my last article.  He is such a nice guy!  I explained to him that I needed a few gift cards for another Tazo Tea card giveaway.  As he was getting my three cards, I snapped a very quick photo of him in action:

This store is chocked full of merchandise.  I just want to look at every little thing, and smell all the teas, despite that I’d much rather having coffee over tea.  I went around taking a ton of pictures of what’s for sale.  There were coasters, spoons, tea sets, kettles, flavor-infused sugars, bottles of green tea oil, and much more.  And of course, there were a million teas.  As to the food, the white chocolate and chai chocolate bar is still one of my favorites.  I decided to try the savory Madeleines on this trip in.  That was an interesting experience. I’m not sure that a Madeleine cookie is meant to be savory.  I really did want to like them a lot.  There were two savory Madeleine flavors: Lemon Chive and a Tomato herbal one.  (I don’t recall the exact name of the tomato flavored one).  The lemon and chive was the better of the two.  I’m sorry but these were odd, and didn’t fit in with all the other Tazo tea goodness.  So here are merchandise photos – be sure to click onto the thumbnail image to make it larger:

The problem is that I would need like 20 or 30 pictures to really take you on a virtual shopping trip in this store.

I saw something very cool happening while I was there.  James, a tea master in the store, was leading a tea tasting and cupping at the community table.  It started shortly after I arrived.  I asked the manager about it.  The store manager explained to me that earlier in the week a woman dropped by the store and asked if she experience a tea tasting for her and her whole family – the customer explained that her family was in town for the holidays, so it was a large group.  The store manager absolutely said ‘yes’ and made the time for James to sit down and walk the large family through a tea tasting.  That is so cool.  That is what I call customers connecting with a store.  I walked near the tasting and grabbed my bag, and I overheard James explaining to the family that Tazo was started by Steve Smith many years ago, and then bought later by Starbucks.  It was quite clear that the family didn’t realize that Tazo was in the Starbucks family of brands.  Everything about it struck me as so cool.  I don’t know if others get so excited about this like I do, but I love coffee and tea education.   Here’s the group at a distance:

********** TAZO TEA CARD GIVEAWAY **********

I am certain that all my readers know that a person can use a Tazo Tea card at any Starbucks store, any Evolution Fresh store, and the Tazo store.  You earn a star for each transaction at Evolution Fresh and Tazo.  The Tazo card can be registered to your Starbucks.com/card profile, and can be reloaded and used exactly like any Starbucks card.  This makes it a very unique Starbucks card! ;)

I bought three Tazo cards (one of each color) and each one is loaded with $15.00 on it.  There will be three winners.  As usual, your odds of winning depend upon the number of entries received.  You must leave a comment in this article (not an email reply to me) to be counted.  You must be over age 18.  You must post your comment and entry before January 5, 2013, at 11:00 p.m. PST.  I’ll ship the card anywhere – if you’re outside of the United States, that’s fine too.  You must share something of mine somewhere.  You can tweet any StarbucksMelody.com article.  You could share any Facebook post on this blog’s Facebook page.  You could do a Google+ share of any of my Google+ posts.  You could even share any of the Seattle’s Best Melody articles.  Or you could re-pin anything you like from my Pinterest profile.  Or, last but not least, I guess you could just retweet me!  When you enter, be sure to use a real email address so that I can easily reach you if you are a winner.  And please be patient with me in getting the winners posted, and prizes out in the mail.

I really do look forward to your comments on this fun store, or whatever it is you want to comment on.  Do let me know if you’ve made a share.

And one more time, I want to say a big thank you to the small group of readers (you know who you are!) who have bought me a cup of coffee!

I’d like to wish all of my readers a very happy 2013!  I’ll see you next year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Branwyn Reeves January 3, 2013 at 7:51 am

I am wondering if and how Starbucks acquisition of our Atlanta based Teavana will influence our tea offerings, thank you for the article about the tea tasting I need to mention that idea to my manager to go along with coffee tastings in our regular store <3 Sharing this on Facebook!

Monica Dillow January 3, 2013 at 8:11 am

I am looking forward to more tea options at Starbucks and hope my gold card can be used interchangeably at both Teavana and Starbucks. I also enjoy the Tazo teas. Would like to see Seattles Best open more cafes.

Devin January 3, 2013 at 8:37 am

Hey Melody, I too am a long time lurker and I just wanted to say how awesome your site is! As others have mentioned, it is a really great place to keep up to date with the many many different changes occurring at Starbucks.

Getting back on topic though, as lame as it may seem, my favorite tea in the lineup is Zen. It is great both hot and cold, and I have found that one of my new favorite beverages is an Iced Green Tea, unsweetened, with a splash of Cool Lime Refresher. It is absolutely amazing!

Keep up the great work, and I cannot wait to see what what new year has in store for both your site as well as Starbucks!

Megan January 3, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Great article on the Tazo store. I am also hoping that more stores will open up, but in the meantime, I will keep it on my list of places to visit on a trip to Seattle! Thanks for the info. Sharing this blog on my FB too. :) Will definitely be coming back to your site.

julie January 3, 2013 at 10:02 pm

i retweeted you! i love your blog!

inna January 3, 2013 at 10:03 pm

i shared your post on facebook :-)

Derrick January 4, 2013 at 9:17 am

I finally made it over there this past week for a sparkling tea! It was called bramblebush (I think) and I really enjoyed it.

[P.S. I repinned the Disneyland cups! They were the reason I found this site (since I was trying to find out as much as I could before my Aug. 2012 trip).]

Melody January 4, 2013 at 9:33 am

@Derrick – I am glad you got to try the sparkling tea! Yay! Thank you for repinning the Disney cups.

Looks like this giveaway will have better odds than the last one – which is fine by me because it’s easier to manage – Entries so far (there is still a little more than a day to enter)

1. Jeff
2. Rachel
3. Shayne
4. Samantha
5. Brandon
6. Tammigirl
7. Kristina
8. Anton C
9. Jessie C
10. Chase Jaynes
11. Kurt
12. DadCooks
13. Diana K
14 Purple1
15 Ensanguin
16. Chris C
17. Lana
18. Jordan
19. Odessa
20. Rachel
21. Sharon Popp
22. Maureen Suburban Prep
23. Mike
24. Lynne
25 Yuliya
26. Winnie
27, Michael
28, Earl Dizon
29. Denise R
30 Sebastian
31 Amanda
32. Jocelyn
33. Kristen206
34 Brian C
35 Kris
36 Nathan
37. Ashley
38. AnneMarie
39. Hayley
40. David MacMillan
41. Branwyn Reeves
42. Monica Dillow
43. Devin
44. Megan
45. Julie
46. Inna
47. Derrick

I need to double check that I didn’t list the same person twice, but that looks like the entries so far.

Becki January 4, 2013 at 9:55 am

I wish this store was closer to me! You Seattle people get all the cool Starbucks related stuff ;) I retweeted the article, but am hoping none of my friends see it until after the giveaway closes, so that my chances are better! ;)

Jason Patzer January 4, 2013 at 9:56 am

Hey Melody,
I hope more Tazo stores start piping up because I’d love a chance to try more than the standard fair offered at SBUX. I’m curious if you have discussed the Teavana purchase with anyone at the Tazo store. Seems a bit odd, timing and all. I do love my tea, no partner discount at Teavana though. :(

Darkkatpouncing January 4, 2013 at 11:17 am

Those cards are very slick looking :) I normally don’t order tea when I go to Starbucks as I’m such a coffee drinker but I do enjoy tea. I need to make my way to the new Tazo store to check it out. The pictures you took are a great teaser for all the merchandise! And I have to say that being able to register the tazo card with my Starbucks account is a super bonus! I <3 it!

Kelsea January 4, 2013 at 11:37 am

I love the Tazo store! My mom and I will be spending way too much time there….

Charli January 4, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Great post Mel. Thank you for keeping us abreast as to all that is happening with the Tazo store and All your great information on Starbucks. Got my recyclable cup yesterday!!

Chika January 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Hi Melody! I read your blog everyday. Love it! I visited the Tazo store last December and thought it was pretty cool. One thing I’m hoping they might do one day is make a hoji-cha tea latte since they make drinks in the store. I had that drink in Japan and totally loved it!

Bruce Vandn Berg January 4, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Man! I wish they still went ahead and made one of these stores in Toronto. I can’t wait till they finally do! Thanks for sharing!
@TheBrucington

Elena January 4, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Thank you for the giveaway! I love Tazo tea!
I repinned your pin here:
http://pinterest.com/pin/113715959313142214/

Elena January 4, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Thank you for the giveaway! I love Tazo tea!
I repinned your pin-http://pinterest.com/pin/113715959313142214/

Heidi January 5, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Thanks for hosting this giveaway. I really like Tazo teas – Vanilla Rooibos is my wake-up necessity!
I repinned the Iced Tea containers.

Cole Jacobson-Brower January 5, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I was just recently introduced to your blog by a friend of mine. I am a lover of the coffee but my favorite is loose teas. I hope to find out if our little shops around here will do tea testing for when I have friends from out of town. I love the idea of getting to experience favorites of others, gives me a chance to try new things I may not have.

ensanguin January 10, 2013 at 6:26 pm

So, uh, did you draw the names yet? I’m so impatient!

Melody January 10, 2013 at 8:29 pm

@ensanguin – I haven’t yet. If I don’t get blog work done on the weekend, I’m worthless during the week. Work, work, work.
I am planning on pulling names either Friday night or Saturday morning. Saturday at the latest, you’ll know.

Melody January 11, 2013 at 7:19 am

1. Jeff
2. Rachel
3. Shayne
4. Samantha
5. Brandon
6. Tammigirl
7. Kristina
8. Anton C
9. Jessie C
10. Chase Jaynes
11. Kurt
12. DadCooks
13. Diana K
14 Purple1
15 Ensanguin
16. Chris C
17. Lana
18. Jordan
19. Odessa
20. Rachel
21. Sharon Popp
22. Maureen Suburban Prep
23. Mike
24. Lynne
25 Yuliya
26. Winnie
27, Michael
28, Earl Dizon
29. Denise R
30 Sebastian
31 Amanda
32. Jocelyn
33. Kristen206
34 Brian C
35 Kris
36 Nathan
37. Ashley
38. AnneMarie
39. Hayley
40. David MacMillan
41. Branwyn Reeves
42. Monica Dillow
43. Devin
44. Megan
45. Julie
46. Inna
47. Derrick
48. Becki
49 Jason Patzer
50 Darkkatpouncing
51 Kelsea
52 Charli
53. Chika
54 Bruce Vandn Berg
55. Elena
56 Heidi
57. Cole Jacobsen Brewer

That’s it. winners to be announced late tonight. That’s about the right size for a giveaway – when I do one I don’t like it to end up too big or too small. That’s a manageable number of entries. 3 winners will be drawn from the 57 entries.

Melody January 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm

The winners are

23. Mike
4. Samantha
51. Kelsea

Congrats!! Please email me. Melody at StarbucksMelody dot com.

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