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Tea and Conversation with Julie Andrews

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

How do you solve a problem like Maria? How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? Many a thing you know you’d like tell her. But how do you make her stay?…

…Why you sit in the sun with her and indulge in tea and conversation. One incredibly fortunate interviewer for USA Today spent time with Julie Andrews, known for her leading roles in The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins, to discuss her new book, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years.

In 1998, after throat surgery damaged her vocal cords, she turned from singing to writing as her main creative outlet. Ms. Andrews always had a love for the craft, publishing her first children’s book, Mandy, in 1971 under the name Julie Andrews Edwards. It seemed this was to be a second opportunity for expressing herself.

Julie spoke eloquently and openly about her early life and career. She chatted about her latest book, the arduous process of writing it, and to the interviewer’s delight, Ms. Andrews also provided tea bags. She prepared the tea — declining to sweeten her own — and proved without a doubt that grace, charm, and tea continue to be a timeless combination.

Books and Conversation over Tea, another Bigelow Tea Runner up Constant Comment® Story

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

I have been enjoying Constant Comment® tea since 1973 when I was fortunate enough to get my first after school job at our local public library in a small town in New England. I came in at three o’clock and worked until six-thirty in the children’s book room. The library was an old Victorian mansion formerly owned by a local family at the turn of the century. Walking up the granite steps and through the front door was like walking back in time. In the afternoons the sunlight streamed through the maple trees along the main street and danced through the southwest windows of the great room, over leather reading chairs, the enormous fireplace and vast shelves of books.

When the Westminster chimes of the grandfather clock in the entry room tolled four o’clock it announced tea time. The library’s long time librarians and antiquarians Mabel and Julia would invite me to tea with them in their office. They always served Constant Comment® tea heated by an electric tea pot that stood amidst stacks of books in the corner of the room. Julia would clear the books off a wooden chair and hand me my porcelain tea cup filled with the steaming tea and a ginger snap cookie on the saucer. They inquired about my parent’s health, and were always eager to know how I was doing in school. Mabel would consult with me about what new children’s books she should order for the library and whether I had any ideas about decorations for next month’s bulletin board in the children’s department.

Over cups of Constant Comment® tea I would learn the art of conversation and the etiquette of sipping tea. I remember the very first time I tried the tea I ran home and demanded that my mother buy some Constant “Comet” tea on her next trip to the grocery store. I soon found out that the tea was not a product of an astronomical event but rather an inspiration to conversation, and that it has always truly been for me with old and new friends to this very day. Mabel and Julia have long since left this world and it seems that I am light-years from those Victorian afternoons spent at the library, but if I close my eyes I can still smell the soothing aroma of the Bigelow tea mixed with the intoxicating scent of the old and new books and I recall the love and nurturing of those two dear friends, never forgotten.

By Janice Safoyan

Bigelow® Tea Joins Facebook and Welcomes a Worldwide Conversation

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Fairfield, CT, November 26, 2007 – Bigelow Tea, one of the nation’s leading producers of specialty teas, believes in satisfying their consumers while creating long lasting relationships and can accomplish both of those goals by connecting with emerging tea drinkers and established tea enthusiasts on Facebook.

Facebook.com is a social network that unites people with friends and others who share a common interest. By becoming a “fan” on the Bigelow Tea page, product updates along with new tea varieties are revealed in addition to studies on the benefits of tea, celebrity news, videos, photos and more.

“We at Bigelow Tea look forward to gathering new fans on Facebook who want to share their passion for tea.  With over 60 years of experience and the fact that we produce over 80 varieties of tea, we can provide information and guidance as well as listen and learn from those we connect with on Facebook. We are very excited about our future conversations with others who share the same love of tea,” says Cindi Bigelow, President, Bigelow Tea.

Anyone who is a member of Facebook and has an interest in tea, please don’t hesitate to search for Bigelow Tea and click on “fan” once you are on our page.  For those who are not a part of this emerging social network, go to Facebook.com to create a free and easy-to-use profile.


About Bigelow Tea Company

Bigelow Tea was founded by Ruth Campbell Bigelow over 60 years ago in 1945.  The company continues to be 100% family owned and managed by the Bigelow family with a special blend of pride and enthusiasm. Today the company is one of the nation’s leading producers of specialty teas, which includes more than 80 varieties of flavored, traditional, green, organic green, herbal, decaffeinated, and iced teas.  One of Bigelow Tea’s most well-known products is America’s number one specialty tea flavor “Constant Comment®” which is flavored with a delicious blend of oranges and spice. It is available in both black and green tea versions.

Bigelow Tea products are available nationwide including mass merchandisers and health stores, and every variety can be found on the company website (www.bigelowtea.com), along with an appealing selection of tea gift items. Tea lovers will also enjoy the company’s blog (www.bigelowteablog.com).

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Elizabeth April-Fritz
Bigelow Tea
203-334-1212
eafritz@rcbigelow.com

Valorie Luther
Creative Concepts
203.259.4202
vluther@creative-conceptsllc.com

5 Reasons To #TeaProudly With Us

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

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Sooo… this whole #TeaProudly thing… you’ve seen it on social media, maybe you’ve even used the hashtag. If not, let’s have a recap. First and foremost, #TeaProudly is a welcoming place that keeps all tea lovers informed about what’s brewing and gives rise to expression, both yours and ours together.

Where did it all begin, you may wonder? Well, you know how much we love tea at Bigelow. As a proud third generation family run business, our founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow created our flagship “Constant Comment” tea in 1945 and from that moment on—one tea bag at a time—we have reinvented tea in America by providing tea drinkers with a selection of more than 130 flavors of black, green, oolong, and herbal teas using premium ingredients and foil pouches for each tea bag, so you can sip and savor the highest quality, most delicious cup of tea (listen to president and CEO Cindi Bigelow explain #TeaProudly and what it means to the family and the company!).

But let’s get real, drinking tea is so much more, right?

  1. Tea is second only to water as the most widely consumed beverage in the world and we especially love that 82% of Americans drink tea—that’s more than 158 million people who count tea as a top beverage choice.
  2. Tea is now considered trendy, with 42 percent of Americans under age 30 preferring to drink tea and 27 percent drink tea exclusively. Historically, while tea holds a special place in many cultures near and far, today we consider tea drinking a proud American tradition!
  3. Tea is warm and cozy. It soothes the soul, one cup at a time.
  4. Tea connects people, invites conversation and makes memories.
  5. #TeaProudly is a celebration for those who take pride in even the little things. And for those who find joy in the simplicity of the day-to-day—like these awesome #TeaProudly mugs.

bigelow tea prouly mugs

Just think, millions of us share the love of tea in common. This, we believe, is something to talk about… something to share. As an industry leader, we are taking the very tea movement
we inspired in America to the next level. We are building a Tea Proudly community and we’re welcoming tea lovers across the country to chime in.

Tell us why you #TeaProudly, why you make tea your beverage of choice, when you drink it, who you share your tea moments with, and what special memories have been made over a warm, beautiful cup of tea. And we showed you one of our favorite #TeaProudly mugs—what’s yours?

Join us at www.teaproudly.com and tag your special moments (and mugs!) using #TeaProudly and let’s share a cup or two together!  And while celebrating our tea drinking together, why not win tea prizes by entering here!!  Good luck!

“I Spy” A #TeaProudly Moment, Actually Many… Do You?!

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

There’s no question how much we love tea at Bigelow. As a proud third generation family run business, founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow created our flagship “Constant Comment” tea in 1945 and from that moment on, we have reinvented tea in America, one tea bag at a time. How, you may ask? Simple. We’ve been providing tea drinkers with a selection of more than 130 flavors of black, green, oolong, and herbal teas using premium ingredients and foil pouches for each tea bag. We’re still American-made, we’re still the same family, and we’re always dedicated to giving you the highest quality, most delicious cup of tea. That’s our promise. And that’s what makes us #TeaProudly! 

#TeaProudly is a celebration for tea drinkers who take pride in even the littlest of tea drinking moments. Because at Bigelow, we take pride in everything we do — like this super cool new video which explains it all. 

Just as we love tea, we also love a good game of “I Spy.” Wanna play? Check out the video and see if you can answer all five questions! Find our answers (if you can’t guess them yourself) on our Instagram profile.  

  1. Which tea flavor pouch is opened at the beginning of the video? 
  2. Under our logo on the side of our building, is a defining phrase….what is it? 
  3. What’s at least one thing that we are dedicated to giving you more of? 
  4. What do we use to protect our tea bags? 
  5. Which fruit is featured? 

Join in on the tea conversation at www.teaproudly.com and tag your special moments using #TeaProudly

Cozy Up To A Cup Of Bigelow During National Hot Tea Month 

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

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The colder it gets, the more we want to bundle up with a mug of tea! And, hey, what better month to do that than January which is National Hot Tea Month, right?! If you’re wondering how best to rock this tea party season, sharing a cup of Bigelow Tea with your favorite peeps is a great way to begin. National Hot Tea Month is also a great excuse to sip more tea and enjoy it over good conversation. And if you needed one more reason to celebrate tea this January (and every other month of the year), we’ll do one better—we’ll give you 10!

Reasons to Celebrate Tea

  1. Tea tastes amazing. And we promise that every cup of Bigelow Tea you drink will be made with only the finest ingredients.
  2. Research suggests that when it comes to tea, the benefits go far beyond refreshment. For example, the theanine in tea is a natural support for mood, sleep and mental focus!
  3. A cup of tea is guilt-free! Tea can be a healthy and flavorful part of any diet—it’s zero calories and most of our flavors are also gluten-free!
  4. Tea is a common thread around the world. In the U.S. alone, millions of us share a love for tea. Historically, while tea holds a special place in many cultures near and far, today we consider tea drinking a proud American tradition!
  5. Can we say tea party? No longer the exclusive property of ladies in gloves and big hats, tea parties can be fun and even cool. Are you ready to get your tea party on?
  6. Hydration, hydration, hydration. Tea makes it easy.
  7. Tea is sooo versatile. Some teas get you going. Some teas keep you going. And some teas are much more effective than counting sheep.
  8. Sip by sip, a cup of tea can be incredibly relaxing.
  9. Tea is the perfect conversation-starter. Ever say to someone, “Let me put the kettle on and let’s talk”? Sharing a cup of tea is a wonderful—and easy—way to get something off your chest, catch up or simply talk about your day.
  10. Tea is warm and cozy—it soothes souls, connects people, invites conversations and makes memories. In life, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Make tea part of your month and when you do, tell us about it! Join our #TeaProudly community, a welcoming place that keeps all tea lovers connected. Join us at www.teaproudly.com and tag your special moments using #TeaProudly.

Be social. Share. Sip. Enjoy.

Reflect Back On 2016 With Bigelow Tea

Friday, December 30th, 2016

bigelow-tea-journalBefore you go on to make 2017 the *BEST YEAR YET*, hold on just a sec. As we wrap up 2016, let’s take a moment to reflect on the year—the good, the bad, the great, and the fab. Actually, if you’re up for it, why not start a new tradition this New Year’s Eve? Grab some friends or your family members, sit down at the kitchen table with mugs of Bigelow Tea, and look back over the last 12 months. Connect with your loved ones over conversation and create one more special memory for 2016. You’ll be surprised at what you learn—about others and yourself. We’ve even got a list of questions to get you started.

Reflecting on 2016

  1. Describe a day from this year that you could live over and over again.
  2. What was the most important conversation you had this year?
  3. What did you or your family accomplish this year that you are most proud of?
  4. What was your favorite tea flavor?
  5. Share the best piece of advice you received this year.
  6. What was the hardest day of your year?
  7. Did you prefer your tea hot or iced this year?
  8. Choose three words to describe your year.
  9. How would someone at the table describe your year in three words?
  10. What was a lesson you learned this year?
  11. What was your favorite family vacation or place to visit?
  12. What goals did you meet this year?
  13. Where was your favorite place to enjoy a cup of tea?
  14. How was your family supportive this past year?
  15. What was something nice you did for someone?
  16. What was your favorite book to read?
  17. What does your family need to do more of in 2017?
  18. What made you laugh the hardest this year?
  19. What are you most excited about for in the upcoming year?
  20. What did you love most about being in your family this past year?

What other questions will you add to the list? Tell us and share your photos of your “reflection session” by tagging #TeaProudly!

From our family to yours, we hope you have an awesome New Year. Bring it on, 2017!

Another Reason To Be #TeaProudly…Learning The ABC’s Of Tea Leaves With Bigelow Tea

Monday, December 12th, 2016

We all know that drinking tea soothes souls and invites conversations but hey, what exactly is in that mug and how does tea become the most perfect beverage in the world? Take a break, sit back and check out this awesome video where third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow (of Bigelow Tea of course) gives us the scoop on tea leaves and more. Here is a brief rundown that sums it all up:

  • The three types of tea all come from the leaf bud and leaves of the Camellia Sinesis plant. You’ve got your green,  your black and your Oolong. And It’s all about the air…exposure for different amounts of time is what gives you the various tea types.
  • The black tea Bigelow uses originates from either Sri Lanka or India where the tea leaves and buds come from the highest mountains and gardens for an extra beautiful tea!
  • Green tea is unfermented, which means it’s not exposed to air. It’s steamed or pan fried and then chopped up, leaving a vibrant green color and one-of-a-kind taste.
  • Black tea is chopped up so that all the juice in the leaves and leaf bud’s vein is exposed to air; it ferments for about 6-8 hours, and then the coppery black colored tea is dried and chopped again.
  • Oolong tea is semi-fermented. The leaves and bud are chopped and exposed to air for around 3 hours, then dried or chopped.
  • These types of teas all have different caffeine contents, because as they are exposed to air, the caffeine comes out. But where do the various types stack up, caffeine-wise? Here’s a cheat sheet:

bigelow-tea-caffeine-meter

  • Drink your veggies in a tea cup? We’ll take it! Tea is like drinking the brew of a vegetable, as Cindi says. Tea is high in antioxidants and a good choice for a healthier lifestyle, according to the tons of studies done on the drink!

As you can see, there’s always more to discover about the amazingness of tea which is all part of living the #TeaProudly lifestyle. Tell us here, via social (using #TeaProudly) or join us on www.teaproudly.com, and let us know what you find most interesting about this beautiful beverage?

Bigelow Tea Celebrates National Family Week

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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Family is everything at Bigelow Tea and for over 70 years, three generations have been dedicated to producing the most beautiful cup of tea, a tradition that started in 1945 in Ruth Campbell Bigelow’s kitchen in New York City.  Family tradition is something we know about so during this week of Thanksgiving (and well, every day of every week!), let’s together celebrate National Family Week.

bigelow-tea-constant-commentLet’s be honest, as much as we love a day filled with turkey, football, parades and cozy weather, don’t our actual favorite moments come down to the conversations, hugs, and laughs while sharing a cup of tea during this holiday time? If you agree, why not sit back with a slice of pie and a cup of tea (“Constant Comment®” always goes well with a conversation), and cherish those moments and this special time you can spend with family.   And when we say family, we also mean our community of tea lovers. Together, we not only appreciate sharing a cup, but we all have a love (and true passion) for tea, right? This is truly #TeaProudly (link here to teaproudly blog entry) so this National Family Week, we’re sending warm wishes out to our extended Bigelow Family—our amazing employees, our fantastic growers and vendors and of course to each and every tea drinker everywhere! Cheers to a wonderful week!

#TeaProudly With Bigelow Tea

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

bigelow-tea-tea-proudly-mugs

We totally get why tea is second only to water as the most widely consumed beverage in the world and we especially love that 82% of Americans drink tea—that’s more than 158 million people who count tea as a top beverage choice. And tea is now considered trendy where 42 percent of Americans under age 30 prefer to drink tea where 27 percent drink tea exclusively. Just think, millions of us around the U.S., all ages, men and women, share the love of tea in common. Historically, while tea holds a special place in many cultures near and far, today we consider tea drinking a proud American tradition!

And you know how much we love tea at Bigelow. As a proud third generation family run business, our founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow created our flagship “Constant Comment” tea in 1945 and from that moment on, one tea bag at a time, we have reinvented tea in America by providing tea drinkers with a selection of more than 130 flavors of black, green, oolong, and herbal teas using premium ingredientsand foil pouches for each tea bag so you can sip and savor the highest quality, most delicious cup of tea.

But let’s get real, drinking tea is so much more, right? It’s warm and cozy; it soothes souls, connects people, invites conversation and makes memories. This, we believe, is something to talk about…something to share. As an industry leader, we are taking the very tea movement we inspired in America to the next level. We are building a Tea Proudly community.  #TeaProudly is a welcoming place that keeps all tea lovers informed about what’s brewing and gives rise to expression, both yours and ours together. We, and tea lovers across the country,  want to hear from you about why you #TeaProudly, why you make tea your beverage of choice, when you drink it, who you share your tea moments with, and what special memories have been made over a warm, beautiful cup of tea.

Join us at www.teaproudly.com and tag your special moments using #TeaProudly and let’s share a cup or two together!