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Fall in Love With Bigelow Tea Fall Favorites!

Hello, fall! It’s been too long and you’ve been missed terribly. From sweater weather to falling leaves, this season is a classic! And with the first day of autumn, you know what that means… all the reasons to cozy up by a fire and drink a cup of Bigelow Tea! Go classic with a mug of “Constant Comment®” or savor the flavor of leaves falling with the Bigelow seasonal selections. You can’t go wrong!

Apples, apples, everywhere!

If you’re a fan of the apple-y goodness of fall, look no further than Bigelow Tea’s Apple Cider Herbal tea. With crisp apple, hibiscus, and real cinnamon, this blend is a just-sweet-enough variety to sip all season (and, really, all year!) long. Other natural ingredients like orange peel, licorice root and cloves give it a nice spiciness that balances out the sweet and tangy apple flavor. And the aroma … it’s quintessential autumn. As it brews you’ll be taken right to the orchard! And, since Apple Cider is an herbal blend, it is naturally caffeine free, so you can enjoy it at any time of day.

Pumpkin spice everything!

Bigelow Tea’s Pumpkin Spice is a black tea made with  pumpkin flakes, cinnamon, ginger and cloves—just like your grandmother’s homemade pumpkin pie. The savory, well-rounded flavor screams cozy.

 

Salted caramel deliciousness.

A little bit sweet. A little bit salty. A lot creamy, dreamy and delish! Smooth and succulent caramel is hard to resist! Bigelow Tea has taken that rich, buttery flavor and blended it into a combination of sweet and salty for Salted Caramel tea. Hand-picked black tea, luscious caramel and natural salt flavors, rose hips and chicory root combine into a beautifully balanced treat for the senses. And, the best part, the flavor brings back candy store nostalgia without the calories. Mmm… yes, please! Add a splash of milk and a little sweetener for a sublime guilt-free indulgence.

Embrace the season with delicious Caramel Apple Tea.

The exciting flavors of buttery rich caramel and sweet tart apples pair perfectly with this bold black tea Caramel Apple tea for a decadent treat unlike any other. So sit back, relax and savor this delight that brings the harvest fair right into your home.

So, go on – get cozy, get tea, get happy. And go on with your #TeaProudly self… because it’s fall, ya’ll!

 

5 Reasons To Rise And Shine To Breakfast (And Bigelow Tea!)

Did someone say breakfast of champions? Because if that’s the case, then that could include just about anything as long as its coupled with a cup of Bigelow Tea, right?! No, but, really… Breakfast is such an important meal – a hearty breakfast gives you energy and fuel to get through your crazy busy day. Actually, some research even suggests that breakfast is linked to several health benefits, including weight management and improved mental performance. So, during National All-American Breakfast Month (and what’s more American than Bigelow Tea??), here are five reasons to rise and shine to a healthy meal.

Weight, weight, don’t tell me.

Many studies, in both adults and children, have shown that those who eat breakfast tend to weigh less than breakfast skippers. One theory suggests that eating a healthy breakfast can reduce hunger throughout the day. Less hunger may promote healthier food choices at other meals.

Healthy Breakfast = Possible Improved Mental Performance

Research involving adults and children has indicated that breakfast might enhance memory, attention, the speed of processing information, reasoning, creativity, learning, and verbal abilities. Plus, according to a study published in the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, eating breakfast may improve cognitive performance, test scores and achievement scores in students, especially in younger children. Start the school day off on the right foot with a vegetable omelet, whole-wheat toast and a cup of Bigelow Tea. After all, a study published in Psychopharmacology, suggests that tea may also lead to improved cognitive functioning, including better working memory.

Oats and tea, please! 

Research done by the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that people who skip breakfast gain weight, which can lead to diabetes as well as high cholesterol and blood pressure—all of which can raise your risk of heart disease. How about a heart-healthy bowl of Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal coupled with a mug of Bigelow Tea green tea? According to research done by the American Dietetic Association, green tea may also lower cholesterol levels.

Wake up, eat breakfast, drink tea, work out, repeat

In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN), people who ate breakfast were more physically active during the morning than those who didn’t. That might be because a temporary increase in blood sugar gave them more energy.

Turn that frown upside down

In addition to cognitive benefits, studies also report that those who eat breakfast start their day in a better mood. And we don’t know about you, but a cup of tea always puts us in a better mood! Bigelow’s black teas, like American BreakfastEnglish Teatime and Spiced Chai, have a boost of caffeine that will kick start your day. (Don’t forget: A cup of Bigelow American Breakfast has 50% More Caffeine in every tea bag!)

So, go on. Grab your breakfast of choice, a mug of tea, and get this day started. Because with Bigelow for breakfast, you can’t go wrong! What’s your favorite thing to eat with your morning tea? Tag #TeaProudly and share!

Happiness Is Honey (And Bigelow Tea!)

 

Oh, hey, honey. You’ve been around for a really long time, and guess what? You are totally loved. Not just by Bigelow Tea, but all over the world! And to all those honey lovers out there, here are just a few reasons why honey is the best – and no, it’s not just because September is National Honey Month!

For starters, honey is ancient… in the best of ways, of course! Honey production flourished in ancient Spain, Greece, Sicily and India, and was used to sweeten different foods. The spiritual and therapeutic use of honey in India is documented in Ayurveda texts, which are more than 4,000 years old. However, cave paintings in Spain from 7000BC show the earliest records of beekeeping, and there are fossils of honey bees that date back about 150 million years! Wow! A source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, honey—particularly in its raw form—offers unique health benefits. According to research, it’s used as a natural cough suppressant, may help heal wounds and reduce allergy symptoms, and may offer a quick energy boost.

But, to become the honey we all know and love, did you know how much work goes into a jar of honey? To start, honey bees make honey from the nectar they collect from flowers. The 60,000 or so bees in a beehive may collectively travel as much as 55,000 miles and visit more than two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just a pound of honey. And, on average, a honey bee produces 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey over the course of its life. To put that into perspective, two tablespoons of honey would be enough to fuel a bee’s entire flight around the world.

Honey in general is a golden color, yet not all types are alike. The color and flavor can depend on where the honeybees get their nectar. Honey can have a lighter hue and a mild taste or be darker with a stronger flavor. In fact, according to the National Honey Board, there are more than 300 types of honey available in the United States, from flower sources ranging from alfalfa to tupelo!

Unfortunately, bee populations all over the country are drastically declining. In the past few years, experts warned that four species of bees native to Connecticut, where Bigelow Tea’s headquarters are located, had disappeared from the state in the last 10 years. So, we decided to take action on the bees’ behalf and even planted more flowers on our corporate property along an urban train track fence in the hopes of providing bees with a better natural habitat.

Honey adds a little sweetness to the day (and cup!), so we want to make sure it’s around for many, many days to come. It could be easy to take for granted, but we’d sure miss it if it ever ran out! Add a little honey to your favorite Bigelow Tea (it’s awesome!), or try a cup of Chamomile Vanilla Herbal Tea with Honey before turning in for the night, and let’s show those bees how much they’re loved. Because without them, we wouldn’t have honey.

This Is Why Bigelow Tea Is All About National Organic Harvest Month

September is here and you know what that means… there’s no better time to dig into all things organic – like the steep by Bigelow line of craft teas. Why? Well, for starters, it’s Organic Harvest Month. And, it’s fall, which means produce is plentiful. Finally – and most importantly – it means drinking delicious and fabulous and yummy tea, so why not?!

From Organic Green Tea and Rooibos Hibiscus Herbal Tea to Oolong and Jasmine Green Tea and more, Bigelow Tea brims with lots of choices for those who prefer organic teas. But, hang on a sec, let’s first take a moment to address the terms “organic” and “USDA Organic,” which can be confusing.

Oooh, organic, you say?

Organic farming, the practice of growing and processing food without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, dates to the 1940s in the United States. In an effort to bring uniformity to the system, Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 requiring the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish standards for organically grown agricultural products (also known as the National Organic Program). The guiding principles of the program include preservation of natural resources and biodiversity, and support for animal health and welfare, while prohibiting the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Today’s consumers can be assured that products labeled with the USDA Organic seal meet stringent U.S. organic certification requirements. Look for the stamp on each box of Bigelow organic tea!

Tea joins the party

If you haven’t tried steep by Bigelow teas yet, you really need to get on that – they’re divine. Each of the 13 USDA Certified organic teas delivers a unique flavor experience by combining flavors like sweet peachy notes with earthy dandelion and smooth, malty teas with flowery top notes (just to name a couple).

These premium teas are also non-GMO and gluten free! Engage all the senses – beginning with the creative packaging to the wonderful aromas and fab flavors that follow. Made with exceptional care under the careful watch of Bigelow family tea blenders, this line is what we like to call our “microbrew”: rich-in-flavor teas that will enhance life’s everyday moments.

Check out the awesome flavor choices:

  • Sweet Cinnamon
  • Chai
  • Lemon Ginger caffeine free Herbal Tea
  • Dandelion & Peach Rooibos & Green Pure Green Tea Green Tea with Pomegranate Pure Green Decaffeinated Tea
  • Earl Grey
  • Oolong & Jasmine Green Tea
  • English Breakfast Certified Fair Trade Tea
  • Mint caffeine free Herbal Tea
  • Rooibos caffeine free Hibiscus Herbal Tea
  • Chamomile Citrus caffeine free Herbal Tea

So, go ahead – count yourself in! People take pride in going organic, being more natural and being kind to the environment. Mix in a little #TeaProudly and you can be doubly impressive among fellow tea-drinkers. From premium flavors to natural ingredients – you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy!

This Is Why Bigelow Tea Should Be In Your Favorite College Student’s Next Care Package

It can be tough to find the right gift for your son or daughter (or friend or loved one!) when they go off to college. They’re probably not going to tell you what they want (ugh, mooom, stop asking!), and you want to surprise them anyway. Bigelow Tea has you covered, though – from the feel-good ingredients of the Benefits line to the classic comfort of “Constant Comment®” or even this awesome limited edition tin of tea, you can make sure the student in your life is stocked up and stoked to open a care package from yours truly.

It could even be the things to break out from few-word texts. We can picture the conversation now…

MOM: Hi, sweetie, how’s college? Are you enjoying your classes? Have you met new friends? I miss you!

STUDENT: It’s good. Miss you, too, mom.

MOM: Roomie situation OK?

STUDENT: Going fine.

(…a few minutes later…)

MOM: Did you get that package I sent you?

STUDENT: OMG! Yes! I meant to thank you for all the tea. The Earl Grey got me through studying for my first exam the other day, which I think I aced. And my roommate loves the Caramel Chai – she asked if you could send her a box because we’re almost out already!! We’ve had a couple of nights to chill so the tea was awesome… and guess what?  I am drinking the tea right now!!!  Thanks again SO much. Love you!

Yup. Just like that. Well, maybe not exactly like that, but we have a feeling your favorite college student will definitely enjoy the warm thoughts – and warm tea. Send a care package today (like this Tea & Herb Assortment or this Everyday Wellness Gift Box)… it’s guaranteed to make them smile. Tag #TeaProudly with a picture of your ultimate Bigelow-filled care package!

Bigelow Tea Honors National Day Of Service And Remembrance

You don’t need an excuse to help others and make a difference in your community, but the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is a wonderful reason to volunteer – especially as you pay tribute to and remember the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks. As a family-owned company with long-standing roots in our community, Bigelow Tea takes pride in the work our employees do year-round to assist organizations, those in need and great causes. Here are a few of our favorite stories:

Passing on sustainable practices to future generations.

“Inspired by the results of the composting program here at Bigelow Tea, our family also included composting into our weekly schedule at home. We have been separating out most of the kitchen waste, tea bags (a lot of those) and paper towels, etc. since the summer of 2013. Now that my children are older, the do-it yourself-style sand box has been ‘up-cycled’ to ‘organically’ create good soil over time… This is one way our children are learning that maintaining the cycle and balance in nature is possible even in a suburban environment and a small contribution like ours can make a difference.” Gabe K, Fairfield, CT

A source of inspiration.

For more than 18 years, Caroline House has successfully taught immigrant women English (ESL).  Caroline House also provides a free preschool, after-school and summer tutoring to elementary and middle school children, citizenship classes, and life skills classes. Caroline House has recently instituted a Sources of Inspiration Board. These women will serve as a resource for Caroline House students (and all of us!) for inspirational stories to give hope for the future. We are honored to have Janned Serrano as our first Sources of Inspiration Board member. She is Executive Assistant to Cindi Bigelow, President of Bigelow Tea, and Community Relations Coordinator.

Janned Serrano’s advice to Caroline House graduates:

  • Surround yourself with English-speaking people.
  • Speak English everywhere, even if it is not perfect.
  • Don’t be afraid to say “what does that mean?”
  • Read books written in English.
  • Take a risk. If someone asks you if you want to do something, say yes, even if you don’t know how.

Helping those in need.

“I was coming to work around 6:30 a.m. [one day] and… there was a soldier in full uniform with all his medals waiting by the side of the road. It was a rainy day and… he needed a ride to Boise. I stopped and offered to give him a ride to his destination. It turns out that he was going to a Wounded Warrior presentation… but his vehicle had a flat tire and he had to go on foot. He (Jim) told me his dilemma about being a forty-year veteran and how hard it is to get a job after being in the military that long; that the money just doesn’t last as long and not having a job does not help either. He told me a story about applying for a security job at a computer company in Boise and that he was told that he did not have enough experience in security to be considered for the position. I dropped him off at his destination, gave him my gratitude for his service and some money… If that is impacting our community in a positive manner, then I do that every day by serving as a leader in my community.” Javier Reyes, Boise, Idaho

Caring about the bees.

“I participated in a worthwhile community event, ‘Bee Night,’ which took place at the Medical University of South Carolina’s Urban Garden located in downtown Charleston. Bee Night was an event hosted by the Bee Cause Project, an organization whose mission is to educate young people about the importance of honeybees and their wellbeing. They do this by installing beehives in area schools. In 2013, the USDA released a report with concern that the U.S. does not have enough honeybees to pollinate crops, which would impact our nation’s food supply. Along with the many beehives that they have installed in area schools, they have installed an observation beehive at the MUSC Urban garden, a garden whose mission is to build a healthier community by growing crops and educating people with local, nutritious food. This Beehive was unveiled at ‘Bee Night’ and the community was invited to attend the special event. I took several gallons of unsweetened tea to the event. We sweetened the tea at the event with the honey produced by the bees and attendees enjoyed Charleston Tea Plantation tea sweetened with local honey.”  Jane Knight, Charleston, SC

Our community garden which grows fresh vegetables for the local Bridgeport Rescue Mission is another example of giving back as well as the annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge which has raised over $1.4 million for local charities since its inception thirty years ago.

A big part of #TeaProudly is being able to share stories and memories which includes efforts make in service to others. Share your stories about something as involved as landscaping or building a house for a family in need, or as simple as brewing a cup of tea and sharing some time with a homebound person in your neighborhood. Regardless, take time to think about what you can do in honor of this day of service. Cheers!

Bigelow Tea’s 30th Annual Community Challenge Is Almost Here!

Get excited, because Bigelow Tea’s Annual Community Challenge is about to turn the BIG 3-0! Running? Check! Walking? Check! Family-friendly fun? Check! Goodie bags and raffle prizes? Check and check! Seriously, this is the place to be on September 24! Plus, 30 is a pretty special milestone – come help Bigelow Tea celebrate this fantastic community event. Here are the details!

The when and the where

This year’s event will take place on Sunday, September 24, at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in Southport, Connecticut! Lace up your running shoes and join in the 5K Road Race or 2-Mile Fitness Walk; participants receive t-shirts and goodie bags, plus are eligible for the chance to win great raffle prizes.

Totally family-friendly – bring the kids!

The kiddos will love the KidZone, which is open to Pre-K through 6thgraders, includes a 100-yard scamper and 1-mile run, along with Hula Hoop, zig-zag and jumping challenges. Also, there’s free babysitting for all runners and walkers, so you have no excuses! Woohoo!

Don’t forget the after party…

As if a fun run isn’t enough of a party, sit back and listen to live music outdoors while nibbling on tasty bites from the post-race food buffet. While you’re there, don’t forget to take a picture with Biggie the Tea Bar Mascot!

Most importantly, give back!

What’s best about the event is that it’s a fun way to give back to the community while having a great time with family and friends. Since the event’s inception, Bigelow Tea has raised more than $1.2 million dollars for local charities that provide everything from educational services and counseling, to shelter and food. The event raised $150,000 last year, so let’s do our best to beat that number this year!

Okay, I’m in!

Run, don’t walk, to the registration page… it’s going to be tons of fun and you’re not going to want to miss it!

It’s moments like crossing the finish line at the Community Challenge or knowing that you’re contributing to local charities that you can be proud of. And they make great memories to share with friends or family over a cup of tea, whether it’s been a few days or a few decades. This event is definitely worth joining or supporting if you can, and worth raising a cup to no matter what. It’s just one of many reasons we can all #TeaProudly. Hope to see you there!

5 Reasons to Love Bigelow Green Tea

As one of the most popular drinks in the Far East, green tea goes waaaaay back and has been valued by men and women for centuries (the first #TeaProudly generation for sure!). According to legend, in 2737 BCE, Chinese emperor Shennong was resting under a Camellia tree and boiled some water to drink when dried leaves floated down and infused with the water. Captivated by its fragrance, Shennong took a sip and found it refreshing (we can relate to that refreshing part).

While there’s no way to know if this is the true birth of green tea, millions of people still find its flavor delightful. Green tea is made from Camellia Sinensis leaves that are immediately steamed or pan-fired to avoid oxidation, which results in a delicate, ultra-smooth flavor. Bigelow Tea offers a multitude of yummy green tea flavors and as the dog days of summer wind down, green tea can help you beat the heat and stay hydrated. (whew!)

Here are five more good reasons to drink versatile and delicious Bigelow Green Tea:

  1. Looking for a quick afternoon pick-me-up? When that after-lunch food coma hits, the refreshing flavor of Earl Grey Green can give you a little boost (and keep you from falling asleep at your desk!)
  2. Whether you want to cool off after a session at the gym or just chill and kick back with a good book, the cool, clean flavor of Bigelow Green Tea with Mint will make your taste buds sing. (La la la!)
  3. There’s more to green tea than just good taste—not only is it packed with flavor, it’s also is high in polyphenols known as EGCGBigelow Green Tea with Pomegranate as an option adds a delightful tang to a healthy lifestyle. Yay!
  4. A  soothing way to unwind after a hectic week, whisk yourself away to paradise and relax with the delicate aroma of Jasmine flowers in  Bigelow Jasmine Green Tea (ahhhhhhhhhhh).
  5. Believe it or not, the bright, grassy notes of green tea pair well with the delicate flavors of fish and shellfish, too! Baked Catfish Fillets with Lemon Lift® Tea Shallot Glaze recipe is a lusciously light dish that’s ideal for a tasty late summer lunch or dinner. Yum!

Hot or cold, the remarkable flavor and versatility of green tea is undeniable! Add some zing to the last days of summer (or year-round!) and experiment with your own fabulous tea flavor combinations. Share your favorites with the world and tag #TeaProudly!

Honor Labor Day With Love, Kindness & Generosity

Labor Day, a time to celebrate American working men and women. Today almost 160 million Americans work. A job is one of the critical elements to allowing individuals and families to have stability in their life. So let’s honor this special day and celebrate with love, kindness and generosity to all those around you.  – The Bigelow Family

This Is Why You Should Start Your Day With A Mug of Bigelow Earl Grey

A true classic, Earl Grey is a tea fit for a queen (more on that later). Ask anyone. A cup of Bigelow Tea Earl Grey tea will make your day. This refined, yet bold, black tea is highlighted by bright and fragrant citrus notes – thanks to the finest bergamot oil sourced year after year exclusively from Calabria, Italy. Wait, you may ask, what’s so special about this bergamot oil?

The single town of Calabria is where 80% of the world’s citrus bergamot fruit is grown. Since the 1970s, Bigelow Tea has worked with the family farmers in Calabria who supply the best oil of bergamot to create this classic blend. Another third-generation operation, these family bergamot farms are dedicated to expertly growing citrus bergamot fruit without the use of pesticides, using natural, organic methods from orchards that have been in existence for over 80 years. They’re all about the integrity of the flavor – just like the Bigelow family.

So, about that queen? Yes, the Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth starts her morning with a pot of Earl Grey tea. In fact, this cheeky writer even spent a week eating – and drinking – like the queen. And, well, suffice to say, she enjoyed quite a few mugs of Earl Grey. Who can complain about that?!

Another fan of Earl Grey? Bob. Who’s Bob, you may wonder? Just the coolest guy ever who also happened to be president and CEO Cindi Bigelow’s CPR instructor. And, hey, there’s even a fun – and entirely impromptu – moment on camera where he tells us why he has been a Bigelow Tea Earl Grey devotee for more than 40 years. Wow! As he emphatically explains in this fun video, the best thing about our Earl Grey is the purity of the ingredients: black tea and natural oil of bergamot. Tag #TeaProudly if you agree!