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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?


Travel, Profit and 100 Billion Cups of Tea…A Historical Look at Tea!

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As you most likely know, Bigelow Tea has been a family tea blender since 1945 where creating tea flavors continues to be our passionate pursuit. Perhaps that’s why we love exploring the role tea has played in various cultures throughout history. We recently discovered this fascinating map that was published in 1934 by Fortune Magazine and written about on Atlas Obscura, a website that guides readers to wondrous and curious places in the world. The map shows the size of countries based on how much tea was consumed in the area.

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It displays China as about equal to the British Isles, but in reality the article details that the population of China was at the time, nine times bigger than that of the U.K., and the country’s inhabitants drank nearly twice as much tea as the Brits did!

The map also demonstrates that each person in Britain consumed around 6 cups of tea a day, adding up to 485,000 pounds of tea per year. That breaks down to one hundred billion cups of tea, total – clearly, the British do love their tea!

Also interesting is the discussion of how the British made quite the profit from their tea habit, with earnings from the tea trade leading Britain into colonizing one third of the world! The map text even quotes, “Where Britain goes, tea goes with them.” The article goes on to explain that Britain grows and sells four-fifths of the world’s tea, though part of this large tea industry took place in India, where the British grew and sold Indian tea.

Finally, if you notice the red lines drawn on the map, you’ll see the many routes of where tea traveled during the time period. The information shows the U.S. consumed 95,000 pounds of tea annually.

One last historical nugget: the map was created not long after the 1929 Wall Street crash, as the article points out. This crash caused tea prices to drop, and in 1933 tea companies in India, Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) and Indonesia (then the Dutch East Indies) came to an agreement to lower output, leading to a slow price increase that was more profitable for all growers and sellers.

Tell us: do you have interesting tea historical tea facts to share?  Please do and tag with #TeaProudly so we can learn too!

What Are Your Favorite Family Tea Memories?

bigelow tea memoriesOne of the tea facts we love most about Bigelow is how making tea and sharing a mug together transcends generations – whether you’re just discovering tea for the first time or have spent many years being a tea fan, everyone can turn teatime into time well spent together! Tea is truly a feel good beverage – not just good for your own well-being but for your favorite company too. We think tea is the catalyst for the best memories!

And speaking of awesome memorable family moments, we just had to share these stories from our tea community which are super amazing examples of how tea brings families closer.

Doreen MacDonald:

As a little girl, my mother would pour me a little cup of “Constant Comment”® when she fixed herself a pot of tea in the evening. Such a wonderful memory of the time shared and the smell of the fresh brewed tea. I still have the cup……

Maria La Fave:

Sitting with my mom and drinking tea (Bigelow Plantation Mint actually). We always used to sit by my family’s old wood stove and sip two, sometimes three cups, while talking the morning away. I have since moved to another state, but those will always remain some of my fondest memories.

Pat New Fearnside:

Constant Comment”® — Growing up, when we had snow days with no school, we’d come in from the cold and Mother would make a teapotful of it. So good! I also add it to my iced tea.

Lin Gregerson:

Still my favorite since late 1950’s when Mom would fix little cups of it as a treat for us girls. Just bought 2 boxes of the decaf to enjoy in the evenings. If I’m craving something sweet, just adding a dash of mild honey or sugar really brings out the orange flavor and nips the craving quickly.

What’s your family’s tea tradition? Share it and tag #TeaProudly.

Happy Valentine’s Day Love Bigelow Tea

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates The History And Tradition Behind Three Kings Day

 

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December has come and gone, but the 12 days of Christmas are still being celebrated by lots of people and their families excitedly awaiting “Three Kings’ Day” on January 6Bigelow Tea loves any reason for a family gathering, so we’re proud to recognize this special day. For the Hispanic community and many others, Three Kings Day, or Los Reyes Magos, is one of the most important holidays of the Latin world, commemorating the “three wise men” that followed the star to Bethlehem, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Celebrated twelve days after Christmas, Three Kings Day is also known as Epiphany. While children may still get gifts on December 25th, Three Kings Day also rewards them with presents and candy for being good. Festivities like community parades and a three-day celebration at Disneyland take place around the globe. In Mexico, thousands gather each year to taste a mile-long “Rosca de Reyes” (Kings’ Bread). Many families choose to make the holiday favorite at home honoring the tradition to hide a baby Jesus figurine within the bread — the person who finds it must make tamales on February 2, the Day of the Candles. How neat is that?!

bigelow-tea-chamomile-mintThree Kings Day is such a special day for so many families, and we love that. Family is such an important part of our lives — and the fabric of our company. So, as you celebrate Three Kings Day this year, remember that our teas can be a yummy complement to a slice of Kings’ Bread. Brew a pot of Te de Manzanilla Menta de Hierbas or Chamomile Mango Herbal Tea! You can also enjoy one of these recipes that embrace the Hispanic influences of Three Kings Day: Roasted Pork Chops Pomegranate Pizzazz® over Mashed Plantains, and Chamomile-Mango Tres Leches.

Will you be celebrating Three Kings Day this year? Did your family recognize the holiday when you were growing up? Tell us all about it! What was your favorite memory? Don’t forget to tag your story with #TeaProudly so that we can learn about your special moments celebrating this special day.

Top image by by Nate Bolt via Flickr.

What Time of Day is Tea Time for You?…Bigelow Tea Wants To Know!

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You and I both know that there is a tea flavor for every tea lover and every time of day. And because our #TeaProudly community sips for different reasons at different times, we would love to know more about your special moments (because isn’t tea drinking a wonderful part of your day whether sharing a mug or sipping on your own??). So…are you waking up to the smell of Earl Grey, or perhaps you wind down at night with a hot mug of Sweet Dreams, or maybe your favorite time to drink tea is after you finish yoga practice. No matter what time of day you enjoy your favorite steaming cup (or glass of iced tea), tell us: what time of day is tea time for you?

Spill it to Bigelow Tea: What Makes You #TeaProudly?

bigelow-tea-tea-proudly-mugBigelow Tea lovers, unite! We tea drinkers are a community of our own. That’s why we are all about sipping our #TeaProudly. Whether you love your tea most when sharing it with family and friends, relaxing with a steaming mug on the couch, or drinking it to start your day the healthier way, there’s no doubt – the ever-trendy cup of tea brings us together while reminding us of the past. So, sit down with a mug and chit-chat with us in our latest survey.  We’d love to know…

 

Leadership, Sacrifice And Courage: Bigelow Tea Spends A Day With Retired Navy SEAL Jason Redman

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It’s not every day we get to meet a hero. But a few weeks back, that’s exactly what we did. Decorated former United States Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jason Redman spent a few awe inspiring hours at the Bigelow Tea headquarters in Fairfield, Connecticut, where he personally addressed Bigelow employees.   The visit was shared via live feed to our teams in Louisville, KY and Boise, ID. As founder and spokesperson of the Combat Wounded Coalition, a nonprofit organization that supports combat wounded warriors and families of the fallen, and author of the memoir The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Officer, Jason spent some time talking about leadership, teamwork and overcoming adversity. It was an honor and privilege to hear him speak.

Jason served 21 years with the U.S. Navy — 11 years as an enlisted Navy SEAL and 10 years as a SEAL officer. In 2007, he was severely wounded in a firefight in Iraq after his team was ambushed. While recovering at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Jason bravely faced his challenges by writing a bright orange sign to hang on his door, which became a statement and symbol for wounded warriors everywhere. It read:bigelow-tea-sign

Attention to all who enter here. If you are coming into this room with sorrow or to feel sorry for my wounds, go elsewhere. The wounds I received I got in a job I love, doing it for people I love, supporting the freedom of a country I deeply love. I am incredibly tough and will make a full recovery. What is full? That is the absolute utmost physically my body has the ability to recover. Then I will push that about 20 percent further through sheer mental tenacity. This room you are about to enter is a room of fun, optimism, and intense rapid regrowth. If you are not prepared for that, go elsewhere.  

— The Management

The original sign on the door, signed by President George W. Bush, now hangs in the Wounded Ward at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda as an inspiration to his fellow service men and women.

After 37 surgeries, Jason candidly shares his experiences and positive attitude to motivate others and to continue to raise awareness of the sacrifices of America’s courageous military forces and their families. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, the Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Combat Action Ribbons and the U.S. Army Ranger tab, along with numerous other personal and unit awards.bigelow-tea-cindi-bigelow-jason-redman

Just as Jason is committed to the U.S. military community, so are we. In 2009, we launched the “Tea for the Troops” program, which sends specially designed boxes of 100% American-grown tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation to U.S. military personnel overseas and in the States. To date, we have sent more than 5 million tea bags to service men and women. We also became an official sponsor of the USO in 2015. We deeply appreciate the sacrifices the members of our military—and their families—have made to keep our country free, and we will continue to support them, one tea bag at a time.

Thank you, Jason, for your service. You are an inspiration to us!

Top image: Jason Redman speaking to Bigelow Tea employees

Lower image (L-R): Cindi Bigelow, Jason Redman and his service dog, Kharma, and Jason’s wife, Erica.

Bigelow Tea Loves A Good Tea Party—Especially One Hosted By Sofia Vergara

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Celeb tea parties have been all the rage this year, and Hollywood A-listers Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello are joining in on the fun! Both Sofia and Joe took to social media to give a sneak peek into a tea party they hosted—now that’s being a proud tea-drinker! Surrounded by close family and friends, it looked like the event was a success—smiling faces, tea sandwiches, scones and sweets, beautifully-arranged flowers, teacups, and guests happily drinking tea (of course).

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In an image captioned, “”What do u do when @clarissa_rezende brings u a @stefanbeharsucre cake from Brazil??!!!!!! Invite friends for Tea Partyyyyyyy,” the oh-so-lovely Colombian actress posed with a Stefan Behar Sucré cake that event decorator Clarissa Rezende brought back from São Paulo, Brazil.

We can just imagine being in Brazil with a Stefan Behar Sucré cake for a delicious treat—and perhaps a cup of tea to accompany a slice? After all, black tea is a popular Brazilian choice, either hot or iced, along with herbal teas such as mint and lemongrass.

Whether you’re having your cake and drinking tea, too, or celebrating good friends over good stories at a tea party, let’s keep showing how tea is such a big part of our lives. At Bigelow Tea, we love when celebrities share their tea-inspired moments, and we can’t wait to hear more of your stories, too. Show us your #TeaProudly moments and tell the world why you love to make a cup of tea part of your day!