NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Coffee and tea are different things.
Coffee is quick. Tea is slow. Coffee means sweet. Tea means salt. Coffee is utilitarian. Tea is ceremonial. Coffee is the sunrise. Tea is the sunset. Coffee is a cup. Tea is a pot. Coffee is male. Tea is female.
For these reasons the Teavana chain, which Starbucks (SBUX) bought last year, sold loose tea and offered samples. The company also sold pots, cups and other paraphernalia. Its main mission was to get people out of thinking that those little bags my mom bought to stick in cups were really tea.
At the time of the Teavana acquisition, Starbucks was selling those same little bags in its coffee shops, alongside its coffee drinks. The bags came from Tazo, which Starbucks acquired in 1999, and although they were quite good, they were tea in a coffee shop.
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