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Big Fun, Big Bang Theory & Bigelow Tea!

Monday, January 27th, 2014

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Check out this crazy tea-infused chat we found from the hit CBS show The Big Bang Theory.  It’s this type of total madness seen between roommates Leonard Hofstadter (John Galecki) and Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) that is hilarious but hey it’s legit: Leonard and Sheldon are both brilliant physicists, so who are we to question them about the power of tea (especially when it’s Bigelow Tea!).

And we agree that tea is a conversation starter so a big shout out to @LadyAyukawa whos husband loves Bigelow Vanilla Chai (do you both drink tea together?) and  @elizabethpabon who drinks Bigelow Mint Medley every night before bed (and do you drink tea in the morning too?).  We want to hear from you so tag us (@bigelowtea) or join our #Bigelow conversation wherever you are online!

Image via FamousPeopleDrinkingTea

Bigelow Tea Has The Ultimate Question: Which Is Your Favorite Bigelow Tea?

Friday, January 24th, 2014

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Let’s face it, we all love tea. And we absolutely couldn’t do without our Bigelow Tea on a daily basis. Some of us like it this way or that. But what if you could have only one kind of Bigelow Tea (shudder to think!)? Which would be your tea of choice? Would it be our uniquely spiced “Constant Comment”®, our stately Earl Grey, our Cozy Chamomile or our mellow Green Tea?

Tell us! We want to know! Which is your favorite Bigelow Tea?

If your favorite wasn’t listed, let us know either here, on our Facebook page or via Twitter!

 

Do You Heart Bigelow Tea?

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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Whether it’s true love, a little crush or even just a platonic bromance, the gift of Bigelow Tea can’t be misinterpreted. It means you think tea rocks and you want to share it. No mixed messages there!

Sure, you can give someone candies with messages like “Tweet Me” or “Be Mine,” but they’ll be scarfed down in no time. A few boxes of tea, however, will last a bit longer keeping those warm thoughts of you lingering! That’s why, for Valentine’s Day, Bigelow Tea has put together what could possibly be the sweetest little two-pack of tea ever. Sweetheart Cinnamon and White Chocolate Obsession. Together. No joke. “Soul Mates” indeed.

And if you boycott Valentine’s Day, snag the Valentine Gift Duet for yourself. Tea, of course, always loves you back. So sip your tea, take a selfie and watch “Love Actually” in your jammies. No date needed. Like our friend, The Life of Jess, you might just become #obsessed with Bigelow Tea!
 

Thank You Begins With Bigelow Tea

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

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1. Even if it was a six-pound fruit cake, a gift’s a gift and a “thank you” is still in order. So whether you send a tweet, a paperless message or even—gasp!—an actual  handwritten note, say “thanks” during National Thank You Month! And, hey, slipping a foil-wrapped Bigelow Tea bag into the envelope would make your “thank you” so awesome that the recipient might even thank you for your thank you. Wait, now we’re getting confused.

2. During the month of January offer a little shout-out to the people who hosted you, gifted you and made you smile over the holidays. And while you’re in the thanking mood, hop online and express your gratitude for tea! Bigelow Tea lovers aren’t afraid to proclaim their love for the drink. According to @twolinepass  I love lemon is the “greatest hot beverage” ever. Anyone in agreement?

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3. Thanking others is really a year-round deal, but this month in particular, a little “thank you” will go a long way.

Image by adihrespati via Flickr.com

Determination And Collaboration: Stories Of Success At Bigelow Tea

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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Bill Hall and Cindi Bigelow at the Charleston Tea Plantation

Yes, Hot Tea Month is in full swing, but why not enjoy it with some cool family stories from Bigelow Tea! Here are three tidbits about collaboration and good old-fashioned stick-to-it-ness. Check out more stories on Bigelow Tea boxes and in previous posts.

• Back in 1955, just after Ruth C. and David E. Bigelow moved their 10-year-old tea company from New York to Connecticut, they were hit with back-to-back hurricanes. The new factory was flooded and all the tea washed down the Norwalk River! Fortunately, the determined couple worked with employees and patient creditors to get the factory up and running again.

• Much more recently, in 2003, the amazing Charleston Tea Plantation faced a developer’s bulldozer. The Bigelow family purchased the land and worked with local farmers to preserve 127 acres of beautiful tea bushes and the American Classic Tea line.

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• Collaboration was also key to the creation of Bigelow Tea’s signature Earl Grey recipe, a favorite of many tea lovers (#besttea, according to @danielledhein and #FavoriteFallDrink says @NickChancey!) The secret? Unparalleled oil of bergamot from Calabria, Italy. The Bigelows discovered it 40 years ago and loved it so much, they bought the whole crop and have used it ever since!
 

One Direction Loves Bigelow Tea Backstage On Tour

Monday, January 20th, 2014

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Last summer, we wrote about British heartthrob Liam Payne’s love of tea and how we can’t wait for him to try our very own English Breakfast Tea. Turns out, the entire band, One Direction, is now enjoying Bigelow Tea backstage while touring. While in Mexico City, elgolfo.info asked a One Direction team member which drinks and snacks were indispensible … and Bigelow Tea topped the list: Por ejemplo, los alimentos enumerados como indispensables para el grupo son Bigelow Tea.”

Whether Liam and the rest of the boys—Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson—are performing in Mexico or here in the United States, we know that Bigelow Tea will be an important element of their pre-show ritual. They’re Brits, after all … and tea time is a big part of life across the pond!

And while many of 1D’s fans are teens and tweens, we think that their adult fans might enjoy a Bigelow® Kisses-n-Cream Mar-TEA-ni while listening to the group’s hit, Kiss You! It contains our White Chocolate Obsession tea, and we know that many “Directioners” are obsessed with these lads! This recipe, of course, can easily be made alcohol free.

Bigelow® Kisses-n-Cream Mar-TEA-ni

Ingredients:

Bigelow® White Chocolate Obsession Tea Bags
1 ¼ cups boiling water
1 tablespoon sugar
½ cup cocoa powder (optional)
4 ounces vanilla vodka
4 ounces whipping cream

Yield: Serves 4

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Instructions:

Place tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1 ¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags.

Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. Chill.

Prepare martini glasses by wetting the rim and dipping in a shallow dish of cocoa powder.

To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled sweet tea, one ounce of the vanilla vodka and mix it with one ounce of cream in a shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.

Photo by Eva Rinaldi via Flickr.com

Ever Visit Sri Lankan Tea Factories? Join Cindi Bigelow For A Tour!

Friday, January 17th, 2014

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Check out Cindi Bigelow’s trip to Sri Lanka where the third-generation Bigelow Tea CEO explored tea fieldsthat have helped supply family-owned Bigelow Tea with top quality tea leaves for decades. As a next step in the tea process, Cindi visited Sri Lankan factories where handpicked tea leaves were processed. These processing plants have used time-honored methods to carefully bring out the full flavor of the tea. This step-by-step video shows how a state-of-the art facility produces quality batches of tea leaves that eventually create each steaming cup of Bigelow Tea. Enjoy!
 

Talking Trash: Bigelow Tea Reduces Waste

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

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Bigelow Tea has a reason to do a little “trash talking”— the company successfully reduced the amount of waste it sends to landfills. According to Jim Gildea, Fairfield, CT plant manager, “we have increased our solid waste diversion rates from just 38% of our solid waste diverted from the landfill to the 4% diversion rate we have today.”Sustainabili-TEA is a cornerstone of the Bigelow Tea philosophy, and sending less waste to landfills is an achievement to commend!

Bigelow Tea’s Sustainabili-Tea initiatives are innovative and comprehensive. Here are just a few examples:

1.    Leftover foil from making the packets and lining for tea bag wrappers goes to a recycling plant.

2.    Cardboard is turned into packing material for Bigelow tea chests. And Bigelow Tea composts almost two tons a month!

The result? Bigelow Tea is certified as a “Zero Waste to Landfill” manufacturing company. The company’s efforts have caught the attention of the community, the media and our Facebook friends like @Dianna Blake, who composts her tea leaves! Way to go, Dianna!

When it comes to living and working sustainably, Bigelow Tea is always eager to know what you’re up to so please share with us anywhere online!

Top Image by epSos.de via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Goes #BacktoBreakfast With Oatmeal Month

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

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After you pull yourself out of bed and before you check your device, engage in a fuss-free morning routine with a little stretching, a cup of hot tea (hello Hot Tea Month!), and a healthy breakfast. We call this AM ritual #backtobreakfast. It’s also National Oatmeal Month! And while most people are familiar with adding nuts, fruit, and milk to their bowls, it’s time to spice it up a notch. Here’s a tip: boil the oats in your favorite Bigelow Tea for added flavor.

This recipe for Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal comes to us from one of our very own oatmeal enthusiasts who works at our Charleston Tea Plantation. Check out the recipe, but consider it a template for creating your own delish oatmeal flavor. Snap a shot and tag your breakfast pic with #backtobreakfast #bigelow like our friend @thesassyrainbow!

Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal

Ingredients:

1 cup (8 oz.) Brewed American Classic” Cinnamon Spice Tea or Bigelow Cinnamon Stick Tea
1/2 cup Quaker Oats Old Fashion Oats
Sugar or other desired sweetener

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Instructions:

Pour hot Cinnamon Spice Tea or Cinnamon Stick Tea into bowl. Add oats. Microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Sweeten to taste with sugar or other sweetener of choice.
 

The Story Behind “Constant Comment” Bigelow Tea

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

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Hey, it’s Hot Tea Month. The perfect time to talk about Bigelow Tea founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow and the inspired tea she created in her home kitchen nearly 70 years ago!

“Constant Comment”®—which was inspired by an early Colonial recipe using orange rind and sweet spices—became Mrs. Bigelow’s first variety. It got its name from the “constant comments” of her friends. How cool is it that today Bigelow Tea “Friends” are still “Commenting” about Bigelow Teas all over the web?

Back at the beginning, Ruth couldn’t simply Tweet about her teas (no social media then). So, when it came time to market her product, one shopkeeper told Ruth that the aroma of “Constant Comment” was a big selling point. She promptly set up a jar of “Constant Comment” labeled with the directions: “open and whiff.”  Shops across the country placed this whiffing jar by their cash registers and the sales began to grow!

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The rest, as they say, is history. And though Ruth never saw the power of the world wide web, she’d be thrilled to know that “Constant Comment” is still generating buzz today! Check out the “good morning” mug of “Constant Comment” that @daredancer shared recently … and tell us why you love Ruth’s first tea!

Image via Home Cooking Memories