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Bigelow Tea Looks Back At The History Of Caffeine

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Busy lives today mean work, family, chores and fun … but 1,000 years ago people who lived in North America were busy doing other things like hunting and gathering! Guess what? They needed a little caffeine jolt just like the people of today! Bigelow Tea is sharing an eye-opening article from NPR regarding new research that shows that caffeine has been a part of North American history for at least a millennium!

Recent studies suggest that 1,000 years ago Native Americans in the American Southwest and Mexican Northwest brewed caffeinated drinks made from cacao, and the leaves and twigs of yaupon holly, a caffeinated plant. It sounds a lot like they were making early cups of tea, doesn’t it?

According to the article, “Patricia Crown, a professor of anthropology at the University of New Mexico, led a team that analyzed 177 pottery samples from 18 sites in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Chihuahua, Mexico. (During the analysis, scientists were not allowed to bring any caffeinated beverages into the lab, for fear of contamination). They found caffeine residue on pieces of jars, pitchers and mugs in 40 samples from 12 sites and conclude[d] that the groups ‘likely consumed stimulant drinks in communal, ritual gatherings.’” Early tea parties, perhaps?

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When it comes to caffeine, Bigelow Tea understands the energizing benefits that make it such an important staple in the lives of many. That’s why there’s now Bigelow Tea American Breakfast tea! With 50% more caffeine than your average cup of tea, this stimulating blend is crafted with the finest ingredients that jumpstart your day without the crash. Tea gets help from Theanine, a naturally occurring compound unique to tea that—when combined with caffeine—provides a sustained energy boost along with a feeling of relaxation. Enjoy three different flavors: American Breakfast Black Tea; American Breakfast Black Tea and Lemon; and American Breakfast Black Tea and Honey.

Now that we know that caffeine has been fueling people for at least 1,000 years, it makes perfect sense that drinking tea is a daily ritual for many—like @ANewDawnnBlog, who kick-starts each day with a cup! So brew yourself some tea … and you’ll be in good company, enjoying a tradition that has lasted over a millennium!

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Pump Up Your Day With Bigelow Tea’s Green Tea With Pomegranate

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Love a good twist on a classic? Try a tangy spin on a traditional Bigelow Tea favorite with Green Tea with Pomegranate. This blend offers a touch of sweetness and a hint of tartness, and packs a punch with the power of pomegranate.

So, what is a pomegranate, anyway? A pomegranate is a round fruit with a thick, reddish skin that—when cut open—reveals ruby-red seeds called arils. High in antioxidants, potassium, vitamin C, and a great source of fiber, pomegranates are often used in cooking, juice blends, cocktails and, of course, tea!

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Pomegranates are also rooted in history, and have been symbols of abundance, prosperity, and fertility for thousands of years. Today, it can bring a wealth of flavor and health benefits to your cup of tea. Tea enthusiast @767Beauty says of Bigelow’s Green Tea with Pomegranate blend, “Such yummy goodness from Bigelow!”

If you’re looking to add a little sweetness and zest—and plain and simple yummy goodness—to your next tea time, brew a pot of Bigelow Green Tea with Pomegranate. Prefer the refreshing taste of iced tea? Nothing beats a pitcher of freshly brewed Green Tea with Pomegranate Iced Tea. Try it once and you’ll be a fan forever!

Lower image from Samantha Forsberg via Flickr

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Bigelow Tea Is Curious: Do You Know How To Brew A Proper Cuppa?

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Since 1945, Bigelow Tea and its fans have made quite a few cups of tea—and waited patiently for it to thoroughly steep. Just think about how many minutes have been spent steeping tea over the course of 70 years and three generations! A research team from the UK also got to thinking about steeping and brewing … and found out that most people are actually too impatient to wait for their tea!

Yes, Researchers surveyed 1,000 people about their tea-drinking habits and found that only 16% of people let the water brew—or steep—for the recommended time of between two and five minutes.  (Proper steeping time does vary depending on the type of tea; for example, it’s recommended that Bigelow Tea Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea Plus Probiotics should steep for four minutes). The study also found that nearly half remove the tea bag and leave their tea to cool for five minutes before drinking it.

If you want to be part of that 16%, just take a look at your box of Bigelow Tea! You will find the recommended brew times right on the packaging. You can also check out a video featuring Bigelow Tea’s third generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow as she demonstrates how to brew the perfect cup of tea.

If you feel like waiting for your tea to steep is time wasted, just use it as a moment to relax, like @MichellaLee27, who tweeted “Watching tea steep is one of my favorite past times. And current times, actually.” A few minutes can make all the difference for that perfect cuppa tea!

Photo by @youngicedavis via Instagram

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Celebrate Fall with Bigelow Tea’s Apple Cider Tea


bigelow tea apple ciderAutumn has arrived and there’s no better way to warm up from a chilly day than by sipping a hot cup of Bigelow Tea. If you’re looking for a taste of fall (especially today: Apple Cider day), 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 autumn (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.

Bigelow Tea Facebook fan Madeline Hawkins says her husband is a big fan of Apple Cider and “has been asking me to pick some up for him! Guess I’ll have to stock up for the winter!” Great idea, Madeline! Curl up with a great book, your favorite cozy blanket, and a hot cuppa Apple Cider today!


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Make Bigelow Tea’s “Constant Comment”® Your Secret Ingredient for Thanksgiving!

Bigelow Tea recipeThanksgiving is approaching, so let’s talk turkey (or chicken if you prefer)! If you’re tired of the same old turkey dinner, you’ll be happy to know that Bigelow Tea has developed a succulent recipe for Roasted Turkey with “Constant Comment”® Glaze. Brush the turkey with the glaze—made with Bigelow Tea’s first tea. To round out the meal, we’re also including recipes for a Cinnamon and “Constant Comment”® Cranberry Sauce (created by tea fan Daniel J. Lestrud,) and dessert, Pumpkin “Constant Comment”® Cupcakes (created by Kristal Robishaw, 2011 Recipe Contest winner)—all made using Bigelow Tea’s most famous blend.


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Roasted Turkey with Constant Comment® Glaze



12 Bigelow® Constant Comment® Tea Bags*

1 cup (250mL) boiling water

⅔ cup (160mL) brown sugar

2 tablespoons (30mL) butter

½ cup (125mL) cranberry juice

Turkey and Gravy:

1 10-15 pound (5-7.5g) turkey (thawed if previously frozen)

1 lemon, cut into four pieces

1 onion, peeled and cut into four pieces

1 cup (250mL) chicken stock

2 tablespoons (30mL) cornstarch

Salt and pepper to taste

*Variations: Try using Bigelow Orange and Spice Herbal Tea 


Preheat the oven to 350º. Steep tea bags in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes. Squeeze excess liquid out of tea bags and discard. Reserve tea. Meanwhile, prepare a glaze by heating butter, brown sugar and cranberry juice into a saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Add tea and reduce mixture by cooking over medium high heat for 15 minutes. Set aside. To prepare turkey, remove giblets and neck from turkey, rinse inside and out and pat dry. Place a cut lemon and a cut-up onion into the cavity and truss the turkey. Place in an open roasting pan breast side up. Brush skin with glaze. Bake turkey in preheated oven. Keep glaze warm on stove and continue basting with glaze every 20 minutes. Remove turkey from oven and let stand for at least 20 minutes before carving. Discard any unused glaze. To make gravy, dissolve cornstarch in chicken stock. Place roasting pan on burner over medium heat, scraping browned bits. Add stock whisking constantly until thickened; about 1 minute. Strain gravy and serve with turkey. As a nice alternative, use a 9-11 pound oven stuffer roaster chicken in place of the turkey. For best results, tie the chicken with string at the legs and the wings. For the glaze reduce the number of tea bags from 12 to 8.

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Cinnamon and Constant Comment ® Cranberry Sauce


1 cup sugar

1 cup water

4 tea bags of Bigelow Constant Comment Tea

4 tea bags of Bigelow Cinnamon Stick Tea

4 cups cranberries


Combine sugar and water.  Heat till it begins to boil and add tea bags. Add Cranberries and let boil till berries begin to burst and sauce begins to thicken.  Let cook and remove tea bags and squeeze out liquid. Pour into container and chill.

Pumpkin “Constant Comment”® Cupcakes

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Bigelow Constant Comment tea bags steeped in ½ cup boiling water

½ cup butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar

4 eggs

1 can (15 ounces) of pumpkin puree

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup vegetable oil


Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Steep tea and set aside to cool (be sure to squeeze tea bags to get all the liquid). Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Slowly add eggs, one by one. Once eggs are combined, add the can of pumpkin. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. To the tea that has been steeped, add enough vegetable oil to reach the ¾ cup mark on measuring cup. Alternate mixing the wets and dries to the pumpkin mix until combined. Scoop mixture into cupcake liners and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.


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Bigelow Tea Takes A Look At The Craft Of Reading Tea Leaves

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As a third-generation, family-run business for 70 years, Bigelow Tea knows that history, tradition and even folklore can be a part of your daily cup. Tea leaf reading is one tradition that intrigues tea lovers around the world … so brew your favorite cup and join us for a little lesson on reading tea leaves!

For centuries, humans have embraced various practices of fortune telling, seeking a look at what the future holds. Some people believe that the tea leaves in your cup of tea are telling you something. Tasseography or tasseomancy is the practice of reading tea leaves to draw insights into a person’s life and events.

In the Victorian era in particular, the acceptance and practice of tasseography grew quickly. Fueled by a widespread interest in the occult, as well as the work of Sigmund Freud, Victorians were quite fascinated by the idea of self-analysis. Tea-leaf readings and fortunetelling became so popular, that many households owned specially-designed tea sets painted with symbols to facilitate readings. Victorian ladies would host tea-centric gatherings that included not only drinking tea, but also painting teacups and fortunetelling with tea.

Today, telling the future with tea is still practiced. Some people enjoy organizing parties featuring a modern-day tasseomancer, ready to give guests a reading.  Of course, as with any practice relating to fortune telling, tasseography may not be everyone’s cup of tea. While some people take their tea-leaf readings to heart and others simply enjoy it as entertainment, there is one thing on which everyone can agree on: the pure enjoyment of sipping a good cup of Bigelow Tea!


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A Fall Gift From Bigelow Tea

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There’s no better way to warm up from a chilly fall day than with a hot cup of Bigelow Tea! Fall is full of festive activities like apple picking, scenic hikes to admire the foliage, and entertaining family and friends. Treat your loved ones to an assorted selection of Bigelow Tea’s favorite flavors with this gorgeous Fall Harvest Basket.

This autumn-themed basket offers an expansive variety of Bigelow Tea flavors that will delight any tea drinker. With 152 individually wrapped tea bags, the Fall Harvest Basket provides enough tea to last all autumn long—and maybe into the winter too!

Whether your favorite cuppa Bigelow Tea is black, green, or herbal, there are plenty of delicious varieties. You may even find a new favorite!  Display the wicker cornucopia as a centerpiece or share as a hostess gift for your favorite tea lover.  Facebook fan Gail Burlett-Dworak thinks this gift is a “nice way to welcome fall” and we agree!

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Bigelow Tea’s Darjeeling Meets Its Match

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Bigelow Tea would like to introduce you to the “champagne of teas,” Darjeeling. An elegant black tea grown high in the remote Himalayan foothills, Darjeeling is revered for its delicate astringency balanced by a fragrant, nutty aroma. What’s more, this tea actually pairs well with some of fall’s heartiest foods!Bigelow Tea Roast Pork recipe

Yes, Darjeeling’s delicately robust spice and woody muscatel notes marry well with rich, creamy, or spice-forward red meat dishes. This autumn, pair it with Bigelow Tea’s Roast Pork with Spiced Apple (pictured above).The tender and succulent pork tenderloin will be both savory and sweet thanks to the seasoned apples and the addition of some Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal TeaDarjeeling Black Tea Box Bigelow Tea

Food and beverage pairings are nothing new. Think wine & cheese, beer & pretzels and even milk & cookies! With so many varieties of Bigelow Tea out there, the combinations are limitless! So give this particular pairing a try … and post your thoughts on how each component compliments the others. Or feel free to just eat, sip and enjoy!

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Bigelow Tea Applauds Tea Pouring Record Setters

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Bigelow Tea loves to learn about people who are passionate about tea. And what’s more passionate than setting a world record?! In September, an expert team of 12 tea pourers in Ireland set a new Guinness World Record for pouring the most cups of tea in 60 minutes. In one hour, they filled 1,848 cups of tea, surpassing the previous record by over 200 cuppas. Wow! Now those are pours they can be proud of!

Speaking of setting records, did you know Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation and the Town of Summerville, South Carolina, currently hold the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Glass of Iced Tea? The 10-foot tall jar (12-foot with straw, of course!), dubbed “Mason” was constructed of fiberglass and held 1,425 gallons of brew made with 120 pounds of black tea leaves from The Charleston Tea Plantation.

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It’s a thrill to see that tea can inspire such impressive feats, and that the tradition of tea is still strong in the hearts of many drinker— @DianaTh60981413 remembers her grandmother serving Bigelow Tea to her as a child, and to this day, loves tea time.

For three generations, Bigelow Tea has been a kitchen staple for families, and the Bigelow family loves to hear about special memories made over a cup of tea. Keep those moments in mind the next time you’re pouring tea (hopefully less than 1, 848 cups in an hour)!

Top image by Kai Chan Vong via Flickr

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On Election Day Bigelow Tea Asks You To Vote For Your Favorite Black Tea!

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It’s Election Day and Bigelow Tea is asking you to vote one more time! Well, actually, we’re just curious to see which Bigelow black tea is your absolute favorite. Bigelow Tea Facebook fan Carolyn Toler posted that her favorite cup is Earl Grey… but there are so many other choices, from the company’s very first tea “Constant Comment”® to the new American Breakfast line. So, tell us: What is your favorite black tea?

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