Please please please tell me what I heard was wrong. I was talking to someone the other day and they told me that the Starbucks company owns Peets. I truly hope they were wrong. In general I prefer to patronize smaller companies than either of these two, but as a dedicated tea drinker, I have to say that Peets has some of the BEST teas you can get almost anywhere...and definitely the best teas that you can get in any coffee house, chain or no, that I have found.
When Starbucks first opened down here in SoCal, they still served looseleaf teas and the quality of their teas were reasonable...but Stash Tea just doesn't do it for me, and I am afraid that if they own Peets...well I am stocking up on my Mariage Freres as we speak.