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Bigelow Tea Reports On Trends Behind Tea’s Growing Popularity

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According to a report by the Tea Association of the U.S. (a study we recently shared that talked about the growth of the tea industry), food and beverage trends indicate that consumers are increasingly demanding healthier options. As a result, they have been choosing tea as a better-for-you alternative to other beverages.

Since 1945, Bigelow Tea, a third generation family run business, has been creating teas made with the highest quality natural ingredients, sourcing teas grown high in the mountains and herbs from the world’s finest gardens, choices that have kept us ahead of bigelow tea steep decaf green teathe trends over the years!

Additionally, the tea report indicates that while consumers want to find simple ways to incorporate healthier food and drinks into their daily lives, they also want products that offer exciting new flavors along with the convenience. Bigelow Tea has continued to meet consumers’ desires by providing them with an expanding variety of teas from the original “Constant Comment” ® tea to over 130 flavors of specialty teas including our new line of 13 organic non-gmo teas, steep by Bigelow.

Tea fits perfectly with the trends in consumer’s food and beverage preferences. It is no wonder why more people are drinking tea and why the U.S. Tea Association expects tea to grow in popularity for a long time to come.

Start and Finish A Meal with Bigelow Green Tea

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Bigelow Tea has spent over 70 years developing and perfecting some of America’s favorite tea blends. These multidimensional flavors are delicious on their own, but can be further enhanced when paired with the right foods! You’ve heard of tea and scones, but have you ever considered pairing Bigelow Green Tea with steamed shellfish? It’s a big yes!

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Bigelow Green Tea is delicate, smooth, and mellow on the palate. Facebook fan Nickolette Simmons says “a day without green tea is a day without sunshine” and we couldn’t agree more! Its clean notes of green melon and grass pair well with lighter dishes such as Steamed Clams in Lemon-Garlic Broth (pictured below). This flavorful dish is prepared with Bigelow I Love Lemon, an invigorating blend of lemon and lemongrass, meaning double the Bigelow Tea in this perfect pair!

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Another go-to pairing for Green Tea is a good veggie dish. Bigelow’s Green Tea Ramen Soup uses Bigelow Green Tea to create a warm, comforting broth. Pair this with a hot cuppa Bigelow Green Tea and say hello to the ultimate cold and flu fighter!

If Green is your favorite cuppa Bigelow, try one of these pairing tips next cup you steep!

Let Bigelow Tea Know: Where Is Your Favorite Place To Sip Tea During The Year?

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Spring, summer, fall, and winter… the Bigelow Tea family knows each season provides a special reason for pouring that perfect cup or glass of tea. Of course, it could be argued that any time of the year is great for sipping on your favorite Bigelow Tea type. Yet, if a choice must be made, let’s consider these four scenarios: would it involve cooling off with a glass of iced tea on a warm summer day or perhaps savoring green tea indoors on a rainy spring day? Sitting by the fire with a mug of hot black tea on a cold winter’s night sounds appealing like Instagrammer @mrsjensclark’s steaming cup of Bigelow’s French Vanilla. So does brewing a seasonal flavor while watching the autumn leaves come down off their trees!

Each season certainly offers the opportunity to sip your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor. Let Bigelow Tea know when and where you’re mostly likely to be found enjoying a cup by completing the survey below:

Bigelow Tea Fan Kristy Shares How To Start A Tea Bag Garden

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At Bigelow Tea, we are big fans of composting, so we get super excited when a tea fan shares a new composting tip, especially when it involves used Bigelow tea bags.  Meet fan Kristy as she shares her family story, the how-tos and pictures on starting a tea bag garden:

You can start a garden easily and with very little expense using tea bags.  When I was growing up, my family would go to Puerto Rico every year for spring break.  It was there, visiting my grandmother (Abuela), that I first learned about tea bag gardening. 

My grandmother always served tea in the evening and collected our used tea bags in a glass jar.  At the time, being about 6 years old, I thought this was an odd practice, so I asked her why she was saving our old tea bags and she said that she would show me in the morning.  The next morning, my grandmother passed on the steps that I will now share with you. 

 

How To Start A Tea Bag Garden

You will need:

  • Disposable serving tray
  • Seeds of your choice
  • Used Bigelow tea bags-any flavor –minus the staple
  • Unbleached paper towels
  • Watering pitcher
  • Small blade/knife (optional)

Step by step instructions:

  1. Begin with a plate, platter or disposable serving tray (found at any Dollar Store).
  1. Line your tray with unbleached paper towels.  Use unbleached paper towels to avoid chemical leaching.
  1. Prepare your fresh tea bags (prepare normally using boiling water from your kettle) or take your collection of used tea bags and moisten them in water.bigelow tea tea garden
  1. Place your moistened tea bags on your tray.  Be sure to allow space between the bags.
  1. Next, using a small blade/knife or your fingers, make a small slit in the tea bags (large enough to plant your seeds).
  1. Now, take 2-3 seeds and push them into the slit that you made in the tea bag so that the seeds are slightly covered by the tea leaves.  Note that because the tea leaves are moist, some of the contents of the tea bag will get on your fingers but be patient and continue to make sure that the seed is indeed in place.
  1. Take your watering pitcher and pour water onto the paper towels-NOT directly onto the teabags.bigelow tea tea bags garden
  1. Now place your tea bag garden in a sunny area and wait for your seeds to sprout.  Be sure to keep the paper towels moistened and depending on sun exposure, temperature and watering, seeds should begin to sprout in 10-15 days.  Note that some seeds do take longer to germinate so don’t give up!
  1. Once you have a small sprout, take the ENTIRE tea bag and plant it in your garden which can be a raised bed or container.   And no worries about doing this because the tea bag that you used as a planter/seed starter is great compost for your garden.

 

As an adult and an avid gardener, I now know that this is a great way to begin your garden as there is less shock to your seedling because you don’t have to remove it from the tea bag. 

I am so happy to pass along my grandmother’s garden/tea tip.  Happy tea drinking and good luck with this season’s garden!

 

Kristy from Shelton, CT
Bigelow Tea Fan

Bigelow Tea Gets A Kick Out Of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Latest Tea-Drinking Adventure

If you follow soccer, then the name Cristiano Ronaldo sounds awfully familiar. One of the most famous professional soccer players in the world, the Real Madrid C.F. and Portuguese National Team player has set multiple records on the field. Off the field, Cristiano is no stranger to fame and is known as someone who loves to have a good laugh (which Bigelow Tea can certainly appreciate).

As you can imagine, life as a famous athlete is no doubt a hectic one. And Cristiano proved just that when he had a little fun by recording how many times he was interrupted with requests for pictures while drinking tea at a café with a friend. Within a few minutes, Cristiano posed dozens of times with fans while sipping. Whew… what an adventure it is to be such a high-profile celebrity! At least he was a good sport about it—with a cup of chamomile tea in hand, no less!

Bigelow Tea Wants To Know Which Tea You’re Inspired To Try This Spring!

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Spring into spring this year by trying a new Bigelow Tea flavor! This season, go beyond your go-to and experience something new. Looking for a welcoming, yet mellow flavor with floral notes? Try Cozy Chamomile Herbal Tea. Seeking a tea with an aroma that will transport you to the tropics? Look no further than Green Tea with Mango. A fan of fresh flavors with a hint of tartness? Savor a cup of Cranberry Hibiscus Herbal Tea whenever you need a pick-me-up. Are you wishing for bright flavors that remind you of a summer day all year ‘round? Then Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Teais the perfect choice!

If these flavors are enticing your tastebuds, Bigelow Tea is curious to know which tea you’re most interested in sipping this season. Take the survey below and share your new tea ventures!

Image by Lucy Djevdet via Flickr

Bigelow Tea Looks At The Millennial Generation’s Taste For Tea

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A new generation of tea drinkers is here! Meet the millennials, the first generation to reach adulthood during the digital age and eager to explore the world of tea. Check out this report from the Tea Association of Canada about millennial tea tastes.  Bigelow Tea perked up after noting a few interesting trends north of the border that are right in sync with surveys of American millennials.

According to the Canadian report, younger tea drinkers are ever-curious about new flavors and types of tea. Bigelow Tea’s master tea blenders certainly appreciate this adventurous spirit and are happy to oblige by continually adding new varieties. There are now more than 130! Check out @tiredapplestar‘s tweet about her super-organized drawer filled with Bigelow Tea choices. Love it!bigelow tea millenials

Two out of three Canadian millennials report drinking at least one cup of tea a week, accounting for 36 percent of all tea drinkers in Canada. Just over half of these young tea drinkers are female, and many report that they enjoy drinking both green tea and black tea.

Of course, Bigelow Tea knows that tea lovers come in all ages, and while some seek novelty, others prefer to stick with tried-and-true favorites, such as “Constant Comment“®, the very first tea developed by Ruth Campbell Bigelow in 1945, or Earl Grey, which has won devoted fans like Bob with a blend of black tea and oil of bergamot from Calabria, Italy.

No matter which generation you belong to or what your personal tea-drinking preferences are, Bigelow Tea welcomes you to the fold of tea devotees!

Bigelow Tea’s Lemon Lift is a Perfect Pick-Me-Up

bigelow tea lemonlift cupLike peanut butter and jelly or macaroni and cheese, tea and lemon are a classic pairing. So it’s really no surprise that Bigelow Tea Lemon Lift is such a fan favorite. In this distinctive blend of black tea, however, you don’t just taste lemon notes—your taste buds have the opportunity to flirt with the spices that the Bigelow family has added to round out the cup for a product unlike any other. Now that’s quality flavor!

As if you need more proof, Pat Benatar—ranked by Billboard magazine as the most successful female rock vocalist of all time, winner of four consecutive Grammy Awards, and creative genius bigelow tea lemon lift boxbehind timeless hits like “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”—is a fan of Lemon Lift, too! Pat has been known to request the tart and refreshing blend before performances.

Take this stellar advice from Bigelow Tea: When life gives you lemons, slice them up and add them to a cuppa tea. It can make your day any time, which is why Lemon Lift is the perfect afternoon treat for @angelic_abbie. Pucker up and enjoy!

 

Bigelow Tea Talks Teapots

bigelow tea tea potBigelow Tea fans know that the perfect cup of Bigelow Tea starts in the teapot or tea kettle, but may not know much about them. Here’s a quick lesson! A tea kettle is heated on a stovetop and a teapot is not heated but the tea is steeped inside it.

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A brief history of the teapot reveals that when tea and teapots were introduced to Great Britain in the early 1600s the original Chinese teapots were undifferentiated from wine-pots, which have a handle and spout. In 1694 the British East India Company indicated that all their teapots needed a grate before the spout to hold back tea leaves. Ceramic teapots are now available in a variety of colors and sizes like this Lime Green Curve Teapot (pictured above and available on the Bigelow Tea website) but they weren’t made in Britain until the 1690s!

tea pot bigelow teaToday, people typically use either stovetop or electric kettles to heat the water for their tea. Facebook Fan Marian Herbet says “a blue kettle heats my water on the stove in the winter. When the Summer comes I use an electric kettle.” Electric tea kettles quickly and quietly boil water while traditional kettles are used on a stovetop (like the Catalina Tea-Kettle in Stainless Steel, pictured above). This traditionally shaped kettle heats up quickly and keeps hands safe with a heat-resistant stay-cool lid and handle. You’ll know your water is ready when you hear the whistle!

In any case, make sure to let your water come to a rolling boil and immediately pour over your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor and of course, enjoy every sip!

Bigelow Tea Looks At Evidence That Tea Is More Than 2000 Years Old

bigelow tea historyIt turns out that “one of the world’s oldest beverages” is even older than previously thought. New analysis of plant remains found in ancient tombs confirms that they are, in fact, from tea plants. Bigelow Tea loves a good mystery and learning that the key to solving this one was the presence of theanine, an amino acid found only in tea and responsible for its relaxing properties.

According to an NPR report, the oldest known reference to tea was in a document from 59 B.C., though scholars were unsure of its accuracy. Experts now have what they believe is physical evidence of tea’s existence in two tombs that are 2,100 years old, about 100 years before the document in question. Leaf buds found in these tombs resemble the finest tea. To prove their hunch, researchers compared the chemistry of the buds to modern tea samples. The presence of caffeine was helpful, but not conclusive, evidence. A few other plants also contain caffeine. Finding theanine was “the clincher.”

The investigation also supported the belief that tea has long been highly prized and sought after, as one of the tombs –in western China – belonged to an emperor! What remains unclear is exactly how this ancient tea was enjoyed. Other evidence suggests that before modern brewing techniques, cultural practices involved mixing barley and other plants with tea for medicinal purposes.

However it was used, tea clearly has a long and distinguished history that tea lovers all over the world can appreciate. As a third-generation family-owned tea company founded 70 years ago, Bigelow Tea is proud to be a part of this tradition!