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The Tazo Tea Co. headquarters may leave Portland for Seattle.

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Starbucks says it’s only rumor, but the Tazo Tea Co. may be leaving Portland for Seattle. If so, Portland stands to lose about 80 jobs and a quirky company that fits with the area’s uniqueness.

Seattle is to Portland what coffee is to tea, and the brawnier, more caffeinated city may soon absorb one of the mellower mixes brewed here.

Starbucks, which bought Portland’s Tazo Tea Co. 10 years ago, is considering moving the tea division’s headquarters to Seattle, Mayor Sam Adams and Tazo’s landlord confirmed Monday.

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