Seattle’s University Village Shopping Center Welcomes a Teavana Concept Bar (operated by Starbucks)
Seattle now has a concept Teavana store, located in the University Village Shopping Center. The all-new Teavana opened on Tuesday the 19th, and is the second of its kind. Earlier this year, Starbucks unveiled a Teavana concept store in New York City. Unlike a typical Teavana store, these new concept stores offer a larger beverage menu, offer an assortment of foods, and have larger spaces with seating.
The evening of the 19th, I had the chance to drop by the new Seattle Teavana bar. It was fairly late to be dropping by, but still had a steady stream of customers. I was pretty lucky that I got to meet Naoko Tsunoda, Teavana’s director of tea development, before she left. She has been with Teavana for eight years. We had a chance to talk, and she described the new Seattle store to me as “warm and inviting” (so true!). I asked about her favorite tea, and it turns out she is a pretty big Matcha tea fan. Teavana produces an extremely high grade Matcha, which is slowly ground into a powder from green tea.
One of the first things that I did when I got to the store was to order a sparkling tea. Starbucks has experimented with sparkling beverages on a number of occasions, and had previously offered sparkling tea in the now-closed Tazo tea store. I had loved the sparkling iced tea, so had been crossing my fingers that that beverage offering would be carried forward to the Teavana concept store.
I ordered a Sparkling Dragonfruit Devotion tea, which is a lightly carboated herbal infusion of mango, hibiscus, dragonfruit, strawberry and guava. It was so refreshing!
If nothing else, I hope that when you visit this store, you get to try a sparkling tea. The area has a pretty extensive food and tea beverage bar, where you can order things like a Maharaja Chai Latte, Earl Grey Creme Latte, and more. This is a glimpse of the food and beverage area:
The merchandise along the walls includes a variety of tea kettles, cups, and tea-related fun things. The tea is loose leaf tea in bins, weighed out when you buy it. I have bought the Pineapple Kona Pop tea a number of times and made it iced – delicious. Also, I recommend the Jade Citrus Mint which a very refreshing lightly minty green tea. That also makes an amazing iced tea.
There was just so much food to try. I tried two salads a Raspberry Apricot Cream Scone, and some Poached Pears with Blue Cheese. The Poached Pear Blue Cheese Triangles were the perfect combination of sweet and savory – a must try item as well. One could really have quite a lunch at Teavana now!
I arrived late (as I mentioned) and it was dark out, so my apologies that my photos are a little dark. Enjoy the rest of the pictures!
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