Back by Popular Demand, Starbucks Celebrates Year of the Sheep with Return of Blossoming Peach Tea Latte

Starbucks commemorates Chinese New Year with Canada-wide availability of Blossoming Peach Tea Latte made with Teavana® Fine Tea

TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2015 /CNW/ - Following an overwhelmingly successful debut in Toronto and Vancouver last year, Starbucks Canada is bringing back the popular Starbucks® Blossoming Peach Tea Latte for a limited time and expanding its availability to cities across Canada in celebration of Chinese New Year.  

"Chinese New Year is a time to come together to celebrate and honour traditions, new and old," said Kevin Reid, director, beverage category, Starbucks Canada. "We were blown away by the love customers showed for the Starbucks® Blossoming Peach Tea Latte last year.  This year, we are so pleased not only to bring it back, but to share it with even more Canadians and perhaps inspire new delicious traditions."      

Peach Blossom is a traditional flower in China and a symbol of beauty, love and longevity.  Starbucks® Blossoming Peach Tea Latte, which was inspired by a popular handcrafted beverage made in Starbucks® cafes in China, begins with bright and aromatic Teavana® Earl Grey tea and the delicate aroma of peach, combined with freshly steamed milk, topped with whipped cream and peach blossom sugar crystals.

Exclusively created for the Canadian market, Starbucks first introduced the Starbucks® Blossoming Peach Tea Latte as a limited time offering in 2014 in participating stores in the Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto areas.  This year, Starbucks will offer the handcrafted beverage across Canada at all participating Starbucks® locations beginning today until March 2nd while supplies last, in celebration of Chinese New Year, which takes place February 19, 2015.  

The Starbucks® Blossoming Peach Tea Latte joins the vibrant flavours of Teavana® brewed-to-order hot teas, which launched in Canadian Starbucks® stores at the beginning of 2015.  Customers can find the blend that suits their unique taste preferences from the selection of our ten classic and best-selling teas:

Green Teas

Teavana® Jade Citrus Mint(TM/MC) - a bright citrus balance of lemon verbena and lemongrass with a hint of spearmint and a rich China Chun Mee green tea base.

Teavana® Emperor's Clouds & Mist™/MC - praised as 'green gold' for centuries, this Chinese green tea has a light smoky beginning, a soft sweet middle, and a green tea finish.

Chai Tea

Teavana® Oprah Chai - a distinctive chai tea blend of black and rooibos teas with sweet spice. For every Oprah Chai beverage sold at a participating store, Starbucks will donate $0.25 (U.S.) to The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation to support educational and mentorship opportunities for young people. Learn more at oprah.com/oprahchai

White Tea

Teavana® Youthberry(TM/MC) - white tea with a refreshing sweet pineapple and fruity acai berry infusion, and a subtle floral finish.

Black Teas

Teavana® Royal English Breakfast - a full-bodied black tea infused with malty and oaky undertones.

Teavana® Earl Grey - famously highbrow and high grown, this Earl Grey is a bright blend of black teas and fragrant bergamot oil and lavender.

Herbal Teas

Teavana® Passion Tango™/MC - a harmonious pairing of bright tropical notes of papaya and mango with citrus lemongrass and a hint of cinnamon.

Teavana® Pineapple Kona Pop™/MC - a pineapple and citrus infusion with light floral undertones.

Teavana® Mint Majesty™/MC - spearmint and peppermint join with subtle lemon verbena to create this cooling, refreshing herbal tea.

Teavana® Peach Tranquility™/MC - a peaceful medley of chamomile, sweet peach infusion with light citrus and floral undertones.

Starbucks baristas will prepare the perfect cup of Teavana® hot tea using sachets that provide bold, delicious flavour, similar to a loose leaf tea.

For more information please visit www.starbucks.ca.

About Starbucks Corporation

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at www.starbucks.ca.    

SOURCE Starbucks Coffee Canada

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