rabbit wrote:Snobbery from a person who knows what they are talking about is rude and uncalled for although at times not altogether surprising... but snobbery from those who "think" they know what they are talking about is downright obnoxious.
And the whole "trendy" coffee and tea market breeds snobby know-it-all's. I want more people to drink tea, but I want them to enjoy the true beauty of the leaf and not the social status it gives them... or just enjoy tea for tea and not because it's healthy or will help you lose weight!
This is the MAIN reason why I don't like companies like Teavana. If they sold real tea/wares and not all this gimmicky stuff (even if it was way over-priced) I would embrace them.
Teavana was my gateway drug into exploring a better tea world. I won't give them my patronage again until I see evidence that they have changed and are treating their employees better, but I still use some of the wares I bought from them and I'm not going to ignore the fact that they opened my eyes to something that I once thought only came in bags.
Now I can appreciate a quick cuppa from Starbucks or a local, french-pressed on site café. I love the consistency and reliability they offer. If i'm on a business trip, I find comfort and familiarity at a Starbucks in an otherwise unfamiliar place.
I think this is a great opportunity for that to carry over into new fans. Especially if Starbucks is able to turn around Teavana's notorious sales tactics into an experience that people can enjoy. Then people with more experience can gently guide them to new ground, and the more fans, the better it is for everyone who loves tea.