Yesterday on 15th Avenue in Seattle a new cafe opened.

a little tea-loving mermaidWhile this news doesn’t seem all too uncommon, its significance can be felt throughout the entire tea world.

Dubbed 15th Ave. Coffee & Tea, the rough, reclaimed wood visage seems unassuming but holds a dirty little secret: it is owned by Starbucks.

The importance (to me, at least) is in the name. Instead of using the moniker Starbucks Coffee, this new undertaking adds another interesting word – Tea.

This shows just how hot tea is getting – even Starbucks, one of the world’s largest coffee chains, can’t ignore the meteoric rise in popularity of tea!

Now, if we could just get them to serve some real tea, then they’d be in business!