Starbucks to open a tea-only store

Posted at 6:07 PM, Jun 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-24 18:07:37-04

(CNN- Alison Kosik)–Starbucks has always been a haven for coffee lovers but the company is now turning its attention to tea.  

Starbucks is branching out from its coffee roots. The java giant will open its first tea-only store in Seattle this fall, and will highlight its Tazo brand.

No word on the name of the shops, and so far, only one location is planned.

Tea enthusiasts will be able to pick from 80 varieties of tea.

But if none of those do it for you– no problem.

The store will have a blending station where customers can make their own combination.

The new tea bar isn’t meant for grab-and-go service.

Starbucks wants the atmosphere to be more like a wine tasting– with customers talking about the flavor and blend of the tea.

This is part of a bigger push to expand beyond coffee. The company opened its first juice bar back in March. And earlier this month– Starbucks announced plans to buy a San Francisco bakery chain.

The coffee giant has also delved into K-cups–and will start selling its own single-serve machine later this year.