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Thank You Begins With Bigelow Tea

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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.

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Determination And Collaboration: Stories Of Success At Bigelow Tea

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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!
 

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

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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

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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

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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.
 

These Bigelow Tea Videos Are Hot, Hot, Hot

 Baby, it’s still cold outside. Thankfully it’s still Hot Tea Month too. If you’re ready to thaw out and can’t jet off to Hawaii, give these sizzling videos a viewing. In the first two, warm and knowledgeable Cindi Bigelow will teach you how to make the “perfect” cup of tea and how to decaf your caffeinated Bigelow Tea bags. The third clip might inspire you to live a bit “greener” this year. A Bigelow Tea intern with a passion for sustainabili-TEA talks about taking small steps towards a more environmentally conscious way of living. Now that’s hot!

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Explore Sri Lanka’s Tea Fields With Cindi Bigelow

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Did you know that high in the mountains in Sri Lanka some of the best tea leaves (the “champagne” of tea leaves as third generation Bigelow Tea CEO Cindi Bigelow says) are handpicked for Bigelow’s blended teas? Cindi paid a visit to this country and recorded it so everyone could see the tea fields that play a major role in producing specialty teas for the family-owned Bigelow Tea. In this video, Cindi spends time at Pedro Plantation— which is certified Fair Trade, ISO 22000, ETP, Rain Forest Alliance and has built new homes for all their 800 employees.  For more interesting tea facts and to learn more about Cindi’s travels to Sri Lanka visit the Bigelow Tea website and take a journey without leaving your chair.
 

Be Fashionable. Drink Bigelow Tea.

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At Bigelow Tea, we’ve known for decades what the experts at The Food Channel are just now predicting—Tea is (quite literally) a HOT food trend for 2014!  And while we’re honored to join the ranks of the Cronut and the craft-craze, we’re firm believers in longevi-tea!

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And why not! After all, tea is tasty, stylish, multi-seasonal and multi-cultural (just ask the Chinese, the English, the Moroccans)!  Celebrities swear by it.  And, it complements just about every cuisine, sweet or savory, hot or iced. In fact, tea is so steeped in our world tapestry, it’s downright quotable!

Sooo… given tea’s anticipated popularity this year (the most popular flavor globally being Earl Grey), we thought it might be fun to visit some other BIG trends for 2014, simply to test our newfound “it”-ness…

**In beauty, the looks range from effortless (think: clean skin) to statement making—from platinum blonde to braids, neon orange lips, nails in geometric patterns and prints (especially black and white), and lids with unexpected pops of color, from blue to green to white. Oh, and gilded. And if you can pull off the lioness eye, props to you!

**In fashion, expect a random amalgamation of luxe sportswear and couture-comfy sandals to art-inspired designs and the return of the crop-top, Bermuda shorts and vests.

** Generally speaking, the consumer shopping experience will be transformed, with customization applied to every possible category; social responsibility becoming increasingly more meaningful—something Bigelow Tea takes very seriously; and the ability to shop straight from our mobile devices going mainstream.

Tea lover Kelsey tweeted that she drinks Bigelow Tea every day, so she’s right on trend! How about you? Aside from drinking tea, which of these other trends tickle your fancy?

(Fashionable Lilly Pulitzer mugs from Instagram via @paigey_flipthepaige)

#DailyCup: Bigelow Shares the Fun of Hot Tea Month

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It’s cold outside, but things are heating up at Bigelow Tea. Grab a steaming mug of your favorite tea blend because it’s National Hot Tea Month. Thankfully, tea is said by researchers to improve your mood, and be good for your body. Yep, tea definitely fits within most resolutions for 2014!

Hot Tea Month is a great excuse to sip more of the tea you love and share these faves with the people in your life. Make a cup of #greentea for a coworker and hand deliver it to her desk. Or, steep a few mugs of Cozy Chamomile and send an open invite to your dorm for a #dailycup.

Hot Tea Month also gives you tea lovers an excuse to discover your true personaliTEA by trying new tea flavors and mixin’ it up. Buy something new or head to the kitchen and whip up this delish looking Spicy Chocolate Chai Tea recipe.

Be social. Share. Enjoy. #DrinkBigelow. Post your hot mugs this month on Instagram like @jennifersikora and tag #BigelowTea.
 

New Year, New You. With Bigelow Tea Of Course!

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Every new year brings an opportuni-tea for a do-over—to make changes that will make us happier, healthier versions of ourselves. As Diet Resolution Week commences, put the carefree indulgence of the past week (err, month) behind you, and get focused on your diet goals. Be specific, realistic and quite literally, don’t bite off more than you can chew! Not surprisingly, most resolutions are kaput before the month is out. If you’re daunted by the thought of dieting, we’re happy to report via research we have linked to that tea may slow down weight gain (when unaccompanied by cheeseburgers and pints of ice cream). Additionally, the ritualistic aspect of drinking Bigelow Tea will help with fluid intake—essential to any successful diet plan.

So let’s review some diet basics:

  1. Take it slow—one day, one meal at a time.
  2. Focus your goals, be specific but realistic. Switch to milk from cream, drink your favorite Bigelow Tea instead of soda, eat fish weekly.
  3. Prepare meals mindfully.
  4. Water is your BFF. Clear, non-caffeinated, unsweetened beverages also count, including herbal Bigelow Teas.
  5. Add fruits and veggies—even if it’s one of each per day!
  6. Avoid processed foods.
  7. Reduce portions.
  8. Find 30 minutes and get moving somewhere, anywhere—as many times per week as possible! Wash your car, reorganize your closets, walk the dog.
  9. Visualize what you want to wear and how you want to look in it.

At the end of the day, take a moment. Pour yourself a soothing, daily cup—it’s Hot Tea Month after all! Enjoy a flavor that satisfies that pesky sweet craving, like Bigelow Tea’s Chocolate Chai. (@LaTarshaPrecia1 knows the deal!) And, journal your amazing progress.

Image via Instagram by @vagabroadjournals