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The Weigh-In is Upon Us!

Well it is March 2, the weigh-in of my two VPs is upon us. I wish I had better news to report, actually it is kind of mixed. The Vice President that I thought was going to win the contest (VP S&M) only lost 5 pounds in 16 weeks. I was so upset, I really was rooting for him. But I am delighted to say that our VP HR lost 10 pounds.

Now it isn’t the 15 pounds that we were betting on but it is still pretty darn good. And this VP looks marvelous!

Okay, so I decided to give them two more weeks. Bob has to lose 7 by then and Dick has to lose 12. If they do that, the bet will be extended.

I have almost given up on Bob but he has assured me he will be doing better “now.” Okay, I will believe him one more time. Now Dick on the other hand has me completely jacked up…..keep up the good work Dick and maybe you can do some side bar coaching to our dear friend Bob!!

Cindi Bigelow

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Bigelow Tea Offers Options For All Types Of Tea Lovers!

Loose, bagged, K-cup, full-leaf–what’s your preference? Whichever-way-you-want-it, Bigelow Tea’s got it! For instance, check out Brew Bigelow® air-tight, single serve K-Cups, which lock in freshness and deliver that “Café experience” quality that you expect from Bigelow Tea. It’s a great option at home or at work!

Bigelow® Black Tea and Bigelow® Green Teas are rich in flavor and antioxidants–with or without caffeine.

Bigelow® Herb Teas are all caffeine-free, and infused with herbs, fruits and spices! There are other tasty options including Kosher, Gluten-free, and Organic teas! And there’s so much more…

  • Did you know that Bigelow also produces loose leaf teas? Bigelow Tea Novus Teas allow you to experience the flavor of full leaf tea, with the ease of a silky mesh pyramid sachet, which allow the leaves to unfurl their full flavor.
  • And did you know about Bigelow Tea’s latest line of teas?   Herb Plus may be just the answer if you want to add probiotics, omega 3, antioxidants or B-complex to your diet.
  • Change of the season? Change the tea! Bigelow Tea’s Seasonal Teas add some spice to any season, while fresh brewed Iced Tea is an easy cool-down with our quart-size bags.
  • If you’re a “classic”–that is, an American Classic Tea drinker–you have plenty of company; each year tens of thousands of people visit the Charleston Tea Plantation to enjoy Bigelow Tea’s home grown and USA-produced teas!

No matter your preference, Bigelow Tea has what you need, to please not only your taste buds but your lifestyle.

So many choices and so little tea time. With over 100 Bigelow Tea flavors, you’d better get brewing!

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Fall Down The Rabbit Hole With A Tim Burton-ized Tea Party

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In January, we celebrated Lewis Carroll’s birthday, and all that Alice in Wonderland talk got us thinking about the latest and perhaps the maddest tea party yet, from the mind of Tim Burton.

Famous for his dark, eccentric style, Burton’s installment of Alice will take audiences twelve years ahead of the original story with a now nineteen-year-old Alice.  Fans of the original tale fear not; the new film will still feature all of your favorite characters and of course, that very famous tea party! In fact, here is a great video from Comic-Con which features all the props from the tea party set!

The new movie features both of Burton’s muses, tea-drinking wife and actress Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, and the diverse Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. We can be sure that this film will reflect all of Burton’s signature quirks woven seamlessly with the original themes of Alice, tea and the absurd.

Want to have your own Alice-inspired tea party? Check out some Mad Hatter tea party how-tos.  And remember,  Bigelow Tea offers tea sets and accessories that are perfect for any tea party. Burton’s film opens in March, so don’t be late for this very important date.

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Bigelow Tea Is Building Green And Letting The Sun Shine! (Energy-efficient and Eco-friendly Designs for a Green Generation)

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It’s true the world is going green, and not a moment too soon.  In a global effort to preserve our beautiful planet, professionals and regular folks alike are making sustainable choices in every facet of their lives. And, as Dorothy said when she returned from Oz “There’s no place like home!”  That’s what architects, builders, developers and homeowners around the world are thinking as well. Green architects are cropping up everywhere and the mantra of the new millennium is Build Green!”

However, as Bigelow Tea can affirm, this doesn’t only apply to residential housing. Commercial buildings are being constructed and reconstructed with eco-friendly and energy-efficient features, using sustainable materials such as bamboo for flooring. There is also the more efficient use of space, as well as taking full advantage of nature’s brightest treasure – the sun.

Solar panels are being incorporated into the rooftops of buildings; Bigelow Tea’s corporate headquarters in Fairfield, Connecticut is a great example.  Since the installation of our solar panels, our energy consumption has decreased considerably, which is great for the environment, and our accounting department is thrilled with the significantly reduced power bills!

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Have you noticed that many new buildings are sporting more windows these days?  Businesses want to bring the daylight indoors – it reduces energy costs and, let’s face it, a sunny room makes people more productive (and happy) at work. Residential homes and commercial buildings are being designed with a conscious effort to bring the outside in – with landscaping, natural building materials, water preservation and daylighting. (It’s such a critical component that architects have coined the term!)

So by all means, let the Sunshine in!

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New Study Suggests Drinking Tea Could Help Reduce Risk Of Diabetes

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There is more great information from a new study regarding the many healthful properties of tea. In this impressive report, published recently by Medical News Today, medical researchers reported tea is linked to a reduced risk of diabetes. The pooled review of studies – covering nearly half a million participants – was a systematic review and analysis by an international team of medical researchers from the University of Sydney, Australia, as well as colleagues from the UK, The Netherlands, France and the US.

The findings were originally presented online, in the Archives on Internal Medicine in late 2009. The research states, in part:

“High intakes of coffee…and tea are associated with reduced risk of diabetes. The putative protective effects of these beverages warrant further investigation in randomized trials.”

Diabetes is a disease that involves the body’s failure to properly produce or use insulin. The benefits of controlling diabetes are many; diabetes causes serious medical complications with the eyes, kidneys, nerves and heart, according to the American Diabetes Association. As the rates of obesity increase across the country, so do the risks of diabetes, which already affects millions of people now, with many more at high risk.

Health experts also suggest a healthy diet combined with exercise, to help ward off the risk of diabetes and a host of other health issues. Check your ABC’s of Diabetes prevention, and raise a cup to your good health!

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See What Happens at Our Bigelow Tea Socials!

On January 21st, we hosted our first-ever Bigelow Tea Social in New York City.  The event was a big success, but if you weren’t there, you may be wondering what you were missing.  Stephanie at The Tea Scoop wrote a great recap of her experience, and she’s also one of the happy attendees we featured in our own video recap of the evening.

Maybe we’ll see you at our next tea social?  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to be sure you hear about our upcoming events!

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February 12 at the Charleston Tea Plantation: Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

The staff at the Charleston Tea Plantation could not believe it! The day started off with reports of heavy to moderate snow fall across the northern part of South Carolina. However, before the day’s end, it became more and more evident that snow was definitely coming to the Lowcountry.

Even though the tea farm had seen snow flurries before, it had not received this much accumulated snow on its grounds in almost 20 years.

In fact, this was the first time since 1989, the winter following Hurricane Hugo, that the Charleston Tea Plantation has been blanketed in snow…and what a site it was! Seeing the Camellia Sinensis plants completely covered in snow was unbelievably surreal.

No worries, though. Even though the plants thrive on the typically subtropical climate of Wadmalaw Island, they were not harmed by the unexpected snow fall.  As veteran tea tester and plantation partner Bill Hall explained, the tea plant is dormant in winter.  If anything, snow actually insulates the plant against cold, bitter winds.

What tea plants DON’T like is to stay below 32 degrees for a week. But since the temperature in Charleston rises above 32 degrees every day, there’s no concern. We’ve had tea plants on the island since 1799 and they’re doing just fine.

The Charleston Tea Plantation did lose power, but luckily it happened after hours and was restored before our brave guests arrived the next morning.

For those who got to see the winter wonderland of tea plants, you should know just how rare this occurrence truly was!

Cara Valentine
Business Manager
The Charleston Tea Plantation

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Spring Training Begins! Bigelow Tea Pays Homage to America’s National Pastime

People ask me what I do in the winter when there’s no baseball.
I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.

Rogers Hornsby

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The “whoosh” of air when the batter swings; the crisp, crack of the bat; that pop when the ball meets the catcher’s glove; the deafening roar of the crowd with the first home run. These are the glorious sounds of America’s pastime – Baseball.  And, yes, Spring Training has officially begun!

The history of spring training dates back to 1870, when the first baseball camp was held in New Orleans, featuring exhibition games between the Cincinnati Red Stockings and the Chicago White Stockings. By 1901, it was an established annual training ritual.

Each spring, National league teams (and fans) headed out of town to train and be evaluated. Florida and Arizona became the joint capitals of spring training and, in the mid-to-late 1940’s the Cactus League (in Arizona) and the Grapefruit League (in Florida) were born. Each year, eager Americans await the release of the spring training schedule, so that they can watch and cheer their favorite team.

We are avid baseball fans here at Bigelow Tea. We’re also delighted that some of Baseball’s finest are fans of Bigelow Tea! Longtime Bigelow friends Terry Francona (Manager of the Boston Red Sox) and Joe Torre (Manager of the LA Dodgers) are Green Tea aficionados, and more than that, they’re part of our Bigelow Tea family.

Enjoy this tea chat among friends featuring Joe Torre, Phil Simms and Terry Francona!

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So happy spring training, and lets “Play Ball!”

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The Great One Loves Olympic Hockey, and Bigelow Green Tea!

wayneWayne Gretzky is best known for his professional hockey prowess, but the Great One also played an historic role in Olympic Hockey with several Canadian National Hockey teams; first as a star player on the 1998 Olympics Team, and then as team manager for the 2002 and 2006 Olympic squads. And it was that 2002 team, with The Great One leading the charge, which struck Olympic Gold in Salt Lake City, winning Canada’s first Olympic gold medal for Hockey in 50 years–to the day! Now Gretzky has made history again by lighting the 2010 Winter Olympic Flame in Vancouver, B.C.!

Gretzky has spent many hours, days, and years on the ice so it should be no surprise that he enjoys a brisk cup of hot Bigelow Green Tea! It was just this last December that Wayne Gretzky became Bigelow Tea’s newest spokesperson, a member of the exclusive Bigelow Tea Family of superstar competitors from the sports world, that take great pleasure in their Bigelow Tea!

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From his heady days as an Edmonton Oiler and four Stanley Cup championships, to his success with the Los Angeles Kings and ending his career as a proud New York Ranger, Gretzky has impressed hockey fans with his unmistakable and unique style. With his teams, he broke countless hockey records and set a new standard for the sport. As you follow the 2010 Olympic Hockey players, and all of your favorite athletes during these Winter Olympic Games, be sure to keep warm with (several) cups of Bigelow Tea, right along with the Great One!

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Additional Studies on the Benefits of Green Teaa!

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Green tea is perhaps the most widely consumed tea of all. Bigelow Tea, always an enthusiastic advocate of the beverage, features a wide selection of green tea, showing our belief in its natural assets. Here’s an update on some of what we’ve found about the healthful properties in tea:

Youthfulness

Let’s face it; we all want to drink from the fountain of youth. The EGCG present in green tea, according to a recent study by Stanford University, can help to diminish Acne Rosacea, and reduce pore size – refining the skin. Dubbed “The Skin Tea,” green tea also contains Riboflavin which helps repair and protect cells in the hair and nails. So drink it and bathe in it. Yes, bathe! Green tea baths are a fabulous way to invigorate the skin. Just throw some tea bags into your bath, light a few candles (for ambiance) and relax.

Energy

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Image Courtesy of Greenteainformation.org

When you’re more alert, you’re more energetic. Perhaps that’s why college students favor green tea as a study aid: L-theanine, found in green tea, helps stimulate alpha brain waves, helping you stay alert (but relaxed) and able to study for long hours. Additionally, studies have shown that catechins found in green tea help physical endurance, making it a popular beverage among athletes.

Longevity

And the fountain of tea runneth over…medical research published in association with JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) indicates that the EGCG in green tea also helps the immune system  fight disease and cell decay. And further research – a study with 40,000 participants over 11 years – informs us that drinking one cup of tea a day may have a positive effect on the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. The benefits of green tea continue to be studied, and Bigelow Tea will keep you informed!



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