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10 Fabulous Facts You Might Not Know About Tea

Ahhhh, wonderful, warm soothing tea. Who wants a cup? Apparently, a lot of us do—87 percent of millennials drink tea! So….tea lovers, want to expand your tea knowledge? Cozy up with a mug of your favorite Bigelow Tea and check out these ten fabulous facts about tea:

  1. White, green, oolong and black teas come from the leaves of the same tea plant species, Camellia sinensis. (now that’s a fun fact!)
  2. Herbal tea isn’t really tea at all. It’s made from an infusion or blend of leaves, fruit, bark, roots, or flowers of almost any edible non-tea plant. (Wow, who knew?)
  3. Sri Lanka is one of the best places on earth to grow tea. Bigelow Tea founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow fell in love with tea from the region and initiated a partnership with tea growers that has continued for over 70 years!
  4. The word tea comes from the Chinese T’e, which was the word in the Amoy dialect for the Camellia sinensis plant. In Mandarin, the word was ch’a, which is where the word chai is derived from. No matter how you say it, tea is delicious!
  5. Did you know that tea can be deliciously paired with food, just like wine?
  6. Earl Grey tea contains oil of bergamot, a fragrant citrus fruit with a green color similar to a lime. (Mmmmmmm.)
  7. 85 percent of tea consumed in United States is iced, according to Peter Goggi, president of Tea Association of the USA. Sip on, iced tea lovers!
  8. The tea bag was accidentally invented by an American. In 1904, tea and coffee importer Thomas Sullivan sent out samples in small silk pouches to customers. They popped the bags right into hot water and voilà—tea bags are by far the most popular way to brew tea these days!
  9. English author George Orwell penned the essay, “A Nice Cup of Tea,” first published in the London Evening Standard on January 12, 1946. His rules for making tea cover matters such as the best shape for a teacup and the advisability of using water that is still boiling. (Writers sure are a passionate bunch!)
  10. We can thank Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, for the traditional English teatime as we know it. In 1840, Anna started nibbling on a light afternoon meal with tea to help stave off hunger pangs in between lunch and the late dinner hour. Makes sense–who wants to hear their stomach growling all day?

Thirsty for more tea knowledge? Read on and tag #TeaProudly to share more fun facts with the world!

Want To Spoil Your College Student? Send Tea, Please.

The fall semester has started, midterms are finished, and finals will be approaching soon. And you know what’s synonymous with college finals? Care packages. Still not sure what to send? Here’s a little hint: boxes of Bigelow Tea.

Consider this: research suggests that millennials seem to pay greater attention to leading a healthy lifestyle than other generations – nearly half (47%) of the 18-34 age-group surveyed had changed their eating habits towards a healthier diet. Plus, tea is now considered trendy as 42 percent of Americans under age 30 prefer to drink tea and 27 percent drink tea exclusively. Yep. You read that right. Tea = cool (even when it’s hot). In fact, if you’ve got a University of Connecticut student, they’ll see Bigelow teas in the cafes around campus this year!

So, yeah. Show your college student that you’re thinking of them. We suggest a selection of Bigelow Benefits tea. Why? Well, first, they’re awesome. Second, they’re totally delicious. Third, each tea is masterfully blended with the goodness (dare we say, benefits?) of wellness ingredients, which tackle those moments in life that require a breather… You know, like finals.

Want to build a fab care package? Here are a few other items to consider sending: stationary or swag from home to remind them of their favorite places, a few yummy snacks (homemade Vanilla Drop cookies for the win), pictures of the fam (fur-babies, included), cash or gift cards (dinner’s on the ‘rents), household items (laundry detergent pods, shampoo/conditioner always help), and maybe a few fun magazines (for those much needed breaks between studying).

Be a warm, invigorating (and delicious) ray of light in an otherwise hectic finals schedule. With a care package headlined by Bigelow Benefits tea, your student will be focused on their course content and thinking of you as they relax with a cup of their favorite tea. And with any luck, they can boast to you about their awesome grades as you gather together and #TeaProudly on break!

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 Is A Fan Of These 5 Celebrity Tea Drinkers

It’s no surprise that celebs love tea. After all, they’re people, too! So when Bigelow Tea hears about famous tea drinkers, it’s easy to get totally starstruck! Shout-out to all the tea lovers out there because these timeless folks throughout history are part of the #TeaProudly movement (even though they didn’t realize it at the time)!

1. Dream as if you’ll live forever. James Dean. While his first professional acting gig was for a soft drink, James Dean was known to drink tea often and was even photographed on numerous occasions with a cup in his hand.

2. Rockstar. Guitar legend. Jimi Hendrix. Described by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music,” Jimi Hendrix was also a tea drinker. Actually, one of the last photos of Hendrix was taken at tea time.

3. The King of Cool. Dean Martin. Crooner, Rat-Packer and funny-man Dean Martin enjoyed tea, too. Or, at the very least, hamming it up on-camera with tea cups!

4. Pink Panther. Tea drinker. Peter Sellers. He was English, so it’s obvious that Peter Sellers – AKA Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther series – drank his fair share of tea.

5. The Lion. The Witch. The Tea Kettle. C.S. Lewis. At one point, author C.S. Lewis even said, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” Now that sounds like our cup of tea, for sure. 

Fame and celebrity certainly come with their own stresses and plenty of busy schedules, but it’s good to know you always rely on a good cup of tea – just like these famous faces have done for decades past. Raise a cup, enjoy and #TeaProudly on!

Photos via Flickr:

James Dean by Kate Gabrielle
Jimi Hendrix by mirjoran
Dean Martin by Elissa Young
Peter Sellers by A World
C.S. Lewis by Tom Cooper

Who’s Your Favorite Person To Share A Mug Of Tea With?

Tea is so much more than a soothing drink (though we certainly appreciate that part!)…sharing a mug is also is the perfect excuse to connect with each other! How can one little tea bag help people unite? Think of it this way: tea is second only to water as the most widely consumed beverage in the world. In fact, 82 percent of Americans drink tea, and  42 percent of Americans under age 30 count tea as a their top drink choice. The common love for tea has the amazing ability to bring everyone together….men, women; young, old and on and on and on!

As if you need more convincing, head on over to the TeaProudly site to see just how diverse and downright wonderful this tea community is. There’s nothing better than sharing tea stories, right?!  It’s all about creating unforgettable moments and memories.

But hey, let’s not diminish those quiet and much needed moments where it’s just you and a mug of tea.  We probably all need more moments like these as life gets more and more hectic.

So we are taking a survey and would love to know who is tops on your teatime list? (For instance, how sweet is it that BillDee8 says that he always has time for tea with his wife? That’s true love!).  Is it a friend or just you and a cup of tea?  Let us know below or tag your comment in social with #TeaProudly

The Votes Are In: This Is When You Like To Drink Bigelow Tea

Ahem, Bigelow Tea lovers. The #TeaProudly crowd has spoken and the verdict is in from our poll: when it comes to your favorite time of the day to enjoy a cup of tea, the winner is…

As your de-stressor after a busy day.

The race was super close, though. Actually – with only five votes as the tie-breaker – the second most popular time to drink tea (at least in this unofficial #TeaProudly survey) is first thing in the morning. With or without breakfast, of course. But, hey, whether you’re drinking a cup of Earl Grey with a hearty meal or on-the-go out the door with breakfast left behind on the counter, who cares as long as you’re drinking it, right??

Runner ups: afternoon tea like our friends across the pond in the UK while catching up with a special friend; or while commuting to work or dropping the kids off at school (gotta love those to-go mugs)!

At the end of the day, we can probably all agree on one thing: any time is the right time to break out the tea! There’s a flavor for every mood, and whatever the time, we tea drinkers are a community of our own. That’s right. After all, that’s the #TeaProudly way. Whether you’re sharing it with loved ones, relaxing with a steaming mug on the couch or drinking it to start your day the healthier way, there’s no doubt – a cup of tea brings us together. Are you making time for tea today?

Aw, Shucks, Thanks For All The #TeaProudly Love, Bigelow Tea Fans!

Bigelow Tea drinkers are SERIOUSLY the best. And they’re also the greatest at sharing their #TeaProudly moments! Obviously, you all know what #TeaProudly is by now, but just in case you don’t (hey, new tea drinkers!), here’s how it works. We all love tea, right? And along with our passion (yours and ours!), is the fun we all have in sharing what’s important. Because who doesn’t love to talk about favorite tea flavors, awesome mugs, cool tea memories with friends and family, and any other time tea has rocked our world?!

Just in case you missed some of these special #TeaProudly confessions online, here are a few fun tidbits right here. Hey, maybe this will inspire you to leave your own tea thoughts in the comments of this blog, on our TeaProudly site, or anywhere in social (just tag with #TeaProudly so we can join in on the fun!).

So, when are you tea lovers enjoying a cup of Bigelow?

Jeff Cusick: Earl grey in the morning to get it going (9 AM), Green Tea for avoiding the lunch sleepiness (12pm), and perfect peach after work/ before bed to relax (10PM) #TeaProudly

Deborah Reese: Anytime is a great time for Bigelow Tea!!! #TeaProudly

Tammy Rainy: Ideally, one cup at breakfast, a cup between each meal, and one more right before bed, obviously! #TeaProudly

Andrea Thomas Barnes: Right after a workout! Tea poured over ice! #TeaProudly

@ChristyGdrink more hot tea at work and iced tea at home! #TeaProudly

And when it comes to enjoying a cup, here’s what you had to say:

Tiffany Rose Ibarra: [“Constant Comment®”] My “comfort” tea!

@Lisastankovic: Feeling a bit of a #hotmess today! Nothing a little #bigelow tea and a splash of #torani can’t solve!

@17_days_at_a_time: Morning fuel!

@rockitsloth: It’s summer outside but winter in my heart. So excited I still have these! #bigelowtea #gingersnap @bigelowtea

And, hey, if you’re not drinking tea, you’re at least thinking about it!

@beccakae13: Our favorite @bigelowtea mug chipped, so we #upcycled a cute planter! #succulents #TeaProudly

We hope you’re thinking about a cup of tea now (if you weren’t already). Never pass up an opportunity to brew, sip and savor – and share those moments with #TeaProudly!

Give Bigelow Tea A Hint: What Time Of Day Is Your Tea Time?

 

Calling all tea lovers around the world! For tea fanatics, any time is the right time to break out the Bigelow Tea, right?! Okay, okay, so we all know that there is a tea flavor for every mood and for most of us, a certain time of day that has become our go-to. For some of you, it might be a tea with a kick to jumpstart the morning (Shout-out to the oh-so-stimulating Bigelow Earl Grey and English Teatime for example!). Or a midmorning cup to read the paper with. Maybe it’s your favorite flavor at lunch time or a mug to pull you through that afternoon slump. And some days – or every day – a bit of tea is the perfect way to wrap up an evening. Whatever the time, we tea drinkers are a community of our own. That’s right. We like to call that being #TeaProudly. Whether you’re sharing it with loved ones, relaxing with a steaming mug on the couch or drinking it to start your day the healthier way, there’s no doubt – a cup of tea brings us together while reminding us of the past.

But, come on, if you had to pick one very best time of day for your perfect cup, what would it be?


Struan Shields Spills On His Secret Showtime Ritual: Tea Of Course!

How cool is it that the amazingly talented singer-songwriter Struan Shields is a Bigelow Tea fanatic and makes it part of his pre-show ritual? When he gets ready for a performance, Struan says he absolutely must have his Bigelow Peppermint Tea before a show or else! He says he even drinks excessive amounts of it! (Is there such a thing for a tea lover?)

So what about you? Maybe you’ve found yourself facing the day of a big party, a huge career-changing presentation, or even a first date. These are all just some of the events that call for a “go get ‘em” game plan! Do you have a go-to for getting revved up and ready, or calm, cool and collected? Here are some great ways to get your very own tea ritual going!

Get glowing with tea.

You’ll feel your best when you know you look your best—try tea as a way to amp up your beauty routine! For example, green tea and black tea are awesome for all types of beautifying tricks!

Put nerves in their place.

Chamomile Is known for being a calming herbal wonder—so good when you need your mind and body to chill. Sip a cup while getting ready for any sort of event that’s got your nerves wracked!

Get moving!

If you need a bolt of energy to get your engines motored and your mind focused, try a black tea such as Lemon Lift® for a refreshing boost to the brain and body!

Keep the good vibes going. 

If it’s all good and you want something to sip to keep the mood flowing and the momentum going, Constant Comment® is your go-to. Terrific for when you’re hanging with the gang and chatting up a storm.

Wind it down. 

End of a crazy exciting day still got you buzzing? Slide into sleepiness and calm your mind with Sweet Dreams® Herbal Tea, a delicious and soothing mix of chamomile and mint. Nighty-night!

What’s your favorite tea ritual? Tell us and tag #TeaProudly.

Bigelow Tea Wants to Know: Which Fierce Female Entrepreneur Do You Most Aspire To?

bigelow tea vanilla chai black tea mugFierce. Strong. Empowered. Adventurous. Smart. Trailblazing. Inspiring. Forward-thinking. These are just a few words to describe female entrepreneurs and inventors. And if anyone knows what it’s like to overcome barriers as a woman in business, it’s Bigelow Tea founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow.

In 1945, inspired by an Early Colonial recipe, Ruth disappeared into her New York brownstone kitchen to create a better cup of tea. After weeks of trial and error, blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices, she emerged with the first cup of specialty tea, which would become known as “Constant Comment®”. Today, her granddaughter, Cindi, is president and CEO of the company. Each day, Cindi brings the spirit of her grandmother into every decision she makes for the company. In a country where only 5 percent of companies have female CEOs, Bigelow Tea has thrived—against all odds—to be not only the #1 specialty tea company in the USA, but a part of the conversation about women entrepreneurs.

In celebration of all female entrepreneurs, we thought we would highlight other incredible women and their accomplishments:

Coco Chanel: Coco Chanel was raised by nuns in an orphanage. It was there where she learned how to sew—a skill that would lead to her life’s work. She was the founder and namesake of the Chanel brand. With her classy suits and little black dresses, she created timeless designs that are still popular today.

Mary Katherine Goddard: Mary Katherine Goddard started her own printing business at the age of 24. A newspaper publisher and postmaster of Baltimore, Maryland, she is famous for courageously printing the first copy of the Declaration of Independence that included the signers’ names.

Dr. Mae Jemison: Dr. Mae C. Jemison is an engineer, physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first woman of color to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992.

Hedy Lamarr: Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian and American film actress and inventor. In addition to her film accomplishments, she patented an idea that later became the crutch of both secure military communications and mobile phone technology during World War II. In 1942, Hedy and composer George Antheil patented what they called the “Secret Communication System.” Today, the principles of her work are now incorporated into modern Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology.

Madam C.J. Walker: Madam C.J. Walker was an African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a political and social activist. She was recognized as the first female self-made millionaire in America, and built her fortune by creating a line of beauty and hair products for black women through Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, the successful business she founded.

Dr. Ann Tsukamoto: Dr. Ann Tsukamoto is the co-patentee of a process to isolate the human stem cell, which is vital to cancer research. Her work has led to great advancements in comprehending the blood systems of cancer patients and may one day lead to a cure for the disease.

Brownie Wise: Brownie Wise was a saleswoman largely responsible for the success of Tupperware through her creation of the “party plan” system of marketing. Tupperware Home Parties became the gold standard for home party selling, extending her legacy in American business.

So, Bigelow Tea wants to know: Which of these female entrepreneurs and inventors do you most aspire to?