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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

Brew A Brilliant Cup Of Bigelow Tea

Friday, April 21st, 2017

We love our friends across the pond. And, clearly, there’s a shared passion for tea. But have you ever wondered what exactly sets England apart from the United States of America when it comes to brewing a pot of tea? Well, a couple of things. Bigelow Tea has the scoop.

For starters, though, a bit of history.

The tea culture in America is an important thread in the fabric of the history of the United States. Tea was originally imported by early Dutch settlers in the 17th century, and became very popular. Over time, most tea was imported through Great Britain and the large population of early English immigrants passed their tea drinking customs to the colonists. However, tea and tea taxes soon became a point of contention between the American colonies and Great Britain. In 1776, angry Colonists dumped the tea cargo from British ships into the Boston Harbor (The Boston Tea Party), which became a precipitating event of the American Revolutionary War. And for a while there, tea drinking was considered unpatriotic. Fast-forward several hundred years to today, where 82% of Americans drink tea—that’s more than 158 million people who count tea as a top beverage choice.

Talk about #TeaProudly!

Anyhow, today, both Brits and Americans often steep a tea bag (an American invention, by the way, no biggie) in a cup of hot water. And while Americans are more likely to enjoy their tea over ice (can we get a pitcher of sweet tea, please?), we can all agree that a splash of milk or sweetener is an acceptable form of deliciousness. Also, Americans are known to explore a myriad of flavors, whereas the most popular tea in Britain is a simple cup of black tea.

Whatever your tea style – whether you’re an Anglophile or an adherent to the Americanized trends of tea – you want to make sure your tea is brewed right. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Start with premium quality tea and fresh cold water. Cold water is essential to making a great cup of tea. It’s the oxygen in the water that opens up the tea leaf for full flavor extraction so always allow tap water to run for 30 seconds before filling tea kettle. If you prefer to use bottled water, shake the bottle to aerate (oxygenate) the water.
  2. Chill out (or off). When using a teapot, take the chill off the pot by rinsing it with hot water.
  3. Boil, baby, boil. For black, oolong, herb and rooibos teas, always bring water to a rolling boil then immediately pour over tea. For green and white teas, bring water just to the point where tiny bubbles begin to form then pour over tea.
  4. But, you know, whatever. All Bigelow Tea packages list recommended brew times but as a general rule, black is best enjoyed when steeped 2-4 minutes, green teas for 1-3 minutes, herb teas for 4 minutes, or whatever time you prefer!

Regardless of your preferences, we think it’s fair to say that tea is warm and cozy; it soothes souls, connects people, invites conversation and makes memories. So, whether you’re taking builders tea in England or waking up to a mug of herbal bliss in the U.S. of A., raise your cup and share the experience with those close to you for a drink we all love. Tag #TeaProudly with your favorite way to enjoy a cup!

This Is What To Eat With Your Cup Of Bigelow Black Tea

Friday, April 14th, 2017


Have you ever thought about how a cup of black tea totally comes alive with a well-paired dish? Think about it…when you combine certain flavors, those on the plate can definitely enhance what’s in your cup and suddenly, your tea really pops. Maybe it’s more robust. Or sweeter. Possibly more smooth. Each food and tea pairing is absolutely unique, and at Bigelow Tea, we love when that happens! It’s all about exploring and savoring a variety of tastes, right? Like, a cup of black tea paired with Pomegranate Pepper Steaks. It’s nothing short of amazing. Or, if you’re looking for a bit of a kick, try coupling a cup of Darjeeling with a Tea-Braised Leg of Lamb with Pear, Jalapeno and Tea-Infused Chutney. And don’t forget dessert! (Psh… who could forget dessert?!) You know how you love a drizzle of honey in your tea? Well, pair a cup of black tea with this recipe for Spicy Chai-Poached Pears and you’ll make your heart happy. Is your mouth watering yet? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Don’t worry, the recipes are here to stay.

If you’re still looking for more tea and food pairings, this chart of suggestions from the Tea Association of Canada might help guide you on your next flavor adventure. Find one that you like? Join the conversation and share it with other tea lovers—tag your discoveries with #TeaProudly. Show us whatcha got!

Pomegranate Pepper Steaks

Ingredients

1 cup (250mL) boiling water
12 Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea Bags
3 red bell peppers, seeded and sliced in strips
2 tablespoons (30mL) olive oil
4 – 6oz. (168g) round steak, tenderized
Salt to taste
Dash of pepper
Pomegranate seeds for garnish (optional)

Instructions

Add tea bags to boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid. Reserve. Add olive oil to a heavy skillet, saute peppers until soft. Set aside. Add steak to peppers and continue sauteing for about 5 minutes on each side or until done to your taste. Place steaks on a warm plate, top with peppers. Keep warm. Pour tea into hot skillet, add salt and pepper, stirring and scrapping brown pits from pan. Boil to reduce liquid to ½ cup (125mL). Pour sauce over steak and peppers. Serve with hot rice. Garnish with pomegranate seeds is desired. Great with Bigelow Pomegranate Risotto.

Tea Braised Leg of Lamb with Pear, Jalapeno and Tea Infused Chutney

Ingredients

4 pounds leg of lamb, boneless, ready to roast kosher salt and Black Pepper
clarified butter, or any high heat fat (enough to coate bottom of pan)
2 sweet onions, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
4 celery ribs, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
32 ounces chicken stock
8  Bigelow Lemon Lift Tea bags
8  Bigelow Plantation Mint Tea bags

Chutney:

2 pounds pear, diced
1 cup jalapeno, diced
2 cups sweet onion, diced
1 cup white vinegar

Bigelow Mint Medley Herbal Tea bags
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 cup agave nectar, or sugar

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees.

Heat braising pan and add enough fat to cover bottom. Heat stock to a boil and add tea bags and let steep while lamb is browning. Dry lamb with paper towels and season with salt and pepper and immediately sear on all sides in braising pan. Remove from pan and sweet onion, garlic. Then add celery and carrot and sweat till they begin to become tender. Return lamb back to pan and add stock. Stock should slightly cover or come up at least three quarters of the lamb leg. Place in low 200 degree oven for approximately four hours or until fork tender. Remove from braising liquid and place braiser on stove with liquid and reduce to about 1 cup and strain. Season to taste and serve with lamb.

While lamb is braising prepare chutney. Heat vinegar to boil and add tea bags, let steep five minutes. Combine all diced ingredients in a pot and cover with steeped vinegar and tea bags and agave nectar (or sugar). Let cook till liquid has reduced and is syrupy and pears are tender. Chill and serve with lamb.

Spicy Chai Poached Pears

Ingredients

12 Bigelow® Spiced Chai Tea Bags
8 cups (2L) boiling water
2 cups (500mL) sugar
4 pears, peeled and cored
1 cup (250mL) mascarpone cheese
1 teaspoon (5mL) vanilla extract
½ cup heavy cream
¼ cup honey
Fresh mint leaves for garnish
Zest of orange

Instructions

Over medium heat, add boiling water to large saucepan. Add Bigelow® Spiced Chai tea bags and steep for 5 minutes. Add sugar, bring mixture to under a boil, once sugar has dissolved, add pears. Reduce to a simmer and poach pears for 15-20 minutes until soft. Reserve liquid and cool to room temperature. Mix cheese, vanilla, heavy cream and honey together. Thin mixture with 3 tablespoons of the reserved liquid. Place 1 cup of the reserved liquid and orange zest in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce liquid to ⅔ of a cup. To serve place 2 tablespoons liquid mixture on each plate, place a pear on top and drizzle with cheese sauce. Garnish with mint leaves.

Bigelow Tea Wants to Know: Which Fierce Female Entrepreneur Do You Most Aspire To?

Friday, March 31st, 2017

bigelow tea vanilla chai black tea mugFierce. Strong. Empowered. Adventurous. Smart. Trailblazing. Inspiring. Forward-thinking. These are just a few words to describe female entrepreneurs and inventors. And if anyone knows what it’s like to overcome barriers as a woman in business, it’s Bigelow Tea founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow.

In 1945, inspired by an Early Colonial recipe, Ruth disappeared into her New York brownstone kitchen to create a better cup of tea. After weeks of trial and error, blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices, she emerged with the first cup of specialty tea, which would become known as “Constant Comment®”. Today, her granddaughter, Cindi, is president and CEO of the company. Each day, Cindi brings the spirit of her grandmother into every decision she makes for the company. In a country where only 5 percent of companies have female CEOs, Bigelow Tea has thrived—against all odds—to be not only the #1 specialty tea company in the USA, but a part of the conversation about women entrepreneurs.

In celebration of all female entrepreneurs, we thought we would highlight other incredible women and their accomplishments:

Coco Chanel: Coco Chanel was raised by nuns in an orphanage. It was there where she learned how to sew—a skill that would lead to her life’s work. She was the founder and namesake of the Chanel brand. With her classy suits and little black dresses, she created timeless designs that are still popular today.

Mary Katherine Goddard: Mary Katherine Goddard started her own printing business at the age of 24. A newspaper publisher and postmaster of Baltimore, Maryland, she is famous for courageously printing the first copy of the Declaration of Independence that included the signers’ names.

Dr. Mae Jemison: Dr. Mae C. Jemison is an engineer, physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first woman of color to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992.

Hedy Lamarr: Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian and American film actress and inventor. In addition to her film accomplishments, she patented an idea that later became the crutch of both secure military communications and mobile phone technology during World War II. In 1942, Hedy and composer George Antheil patented what they called the “Secret Communication System.” Today, the principles of her work are now incorporated into modern Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology.

Madam C.J. Walker: Madam C.J. Walker was an African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a political and social activist. She was recognized as the first female self-made millionaire in America, and built her fortune by creating a line of beauty and hair products for black women through Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, the successful business she founded.

Dr. Ann Tsukamoto: Dr. Ann Tsukamoto is the co-patentee of a process to isolate the human stem cell, which is vital to cancer research. Her work has led to great advancements in comprehending the blood systems of cancer patients and may one day lead to a cure for the disease.

Brownie Wise: Brownie Wise was a saleswoman largely responsible for the success of Tupperware through her creation of the “party plan” system of marketing. Tupperware Home Parties became the gold standard for home party selling, extending her legacy in American business.

So, Bigelow Tea wants to know: Which of these female entrepreneurs and inventors do you most aspire to?


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!