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View Tea Art While Sipping Your Favorite Bigelow Flavor!

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Bigelow Tea knows that the art of tea is an important part of enjoying a daily cup from brewing the tea to adding just the right amount of lemon, sweetener or milk. And three generations of the Bigelow family know that creating signature blends is artistic as stated by Bigelow Tea fan @GwenTraN tweeted who said, “Bigelow’s Green tea with pomegranate is such an art!”

Speaking of tea and art, a recent story on National Public Radio featured artists who create beautiful works of art using tea which was intriguing to us.

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It turns out that many artists are giving tea a second life through their artwork and what they’re producing is remarkable! One example is Russian advertising designer Andrew Gorkovenko and his dreamlike landscapes pictured above. Andrew uses dried tea leaves to build images where each picture illustrates the origin of that tea whether it be Sri Lanka, Ceylon or other locations. The results, as you can see, are glorious!

Tea inspired arts (and crafts!) come in many forms, and the NPR piece also showcases quilts by Ruth Tabancay and a kimono made of used tea bags by Wewer Keohane.

Want to try it yourself? The muse is your favorite cup of Bigelow Tea … so sip, be creative and enjoy the art of tea every day!

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Ethical Tea Is Bigelow Tea’s Topic On World Humanitarian Day

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World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian acts and philanthropy work around the globe. The Bigelow Tea family is excited about this day because it celebrates the idea of being good to people all over the planet, a concept that Bigelow Tea also embraces. Yes, not only does Bigelow Tea develop delicious tea, but it takes extra steps to make sure its teas are made in an ethical manner.

For starters, third generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow works with ethical tea gardens in Sri Lanka, India and China. These farmers, who supply the tea and herbs for Bigelow Tea blends, have been following sustainable practices for decades. In addition, the tea suppliers focus on fair working conditions and providing opportunities for locals to work under strict social and ethical guidelines.

Moreover, Bigelow Tea is a member of the Ethical Tea Partnership. The ETP is an organization that works with tea growers to establish methods for responsible conservation of the world’s tea fields and improve the lives of the beautiful people who work them.

Check out this video of Cindi visiting some of the tea fields that have been growing quality Ceylon teas for Bigelow for 70 years.


Today, on World Humanitarian Day, it’s nice to focus on the ethics of business and the practices of Bigelow Tea. Doing the right thing is what Bigelow does. As Cindi Bigelow has said, “Being responsible is not something my family does because we can do good things, but because we strongly believe that we should and need to do good things, whether it’s for the community, for our employees, or for the environment.”


Bigelow Tea Wonders: Could Tea Really Be the New Wine?

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At Bigelow Tea, we believe there are undeniable parallels between tea and wine and our rituals around them.  Dare we say it? Tea could very well be the new wine.

We’ve felt this way for a while, and it looks like others might be starting to agree! A growing number of people consider tea a good alternative to wine and other alcoholic beverages.

Tea brings people together. It’s often enjoyed among friends, accompanied by good conversation. You may have even heard someone say that tearooms were the original social networking sites.

After a stressful day, some people enjoy a quiet moment with a glass of wine. A warm cup of tea is an equally wonderful way to relax and unwind at the end of the day.

We’re excited about the possibility of tea gaining momentum as an alternative to wine. But if you’re not quite ready to trade your glass of wine for a cup of tea, we totally get it. Why choose?

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Complement the menu at your next dinner party with some tea cocktails, or cool off with a refreshing tea sangria, like our Simply Summer White Sangria(featuring Pomegranate Pizzaz herbal tea), and enjoy the best of both worlds!

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For three generations, Bigelow Tea has seen trends come and go. While tea may be enjoying a “new wine” moment these days, to our family it is a tradition that stands the test of time—one that we are happy to share with new and long-time tea lovers alike.

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Bigelow Tea Has A Passion for Peach! Do You??

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Nothing screams summer more than taking a bite out of a fragrant, ripe peach, and remarkably, Bigelow Tea has captured that essence in a variety of beverage options. That fresh and delicious taste is brewed and bottled into the Sweet Orchard Peach flavor of the new line of Certified Organic Home Blend Teas. And if you’re on the go, fret not! Bigelow has you covered with their All Natural Peach Tea Liquid Water Enhancer. Grab a packet and add a drop or two to your water. Mmm… Now that’s peachy.

More of a tea purist? Enjoy a cup of Plantation Peach Tea from Bigelow Tea’s own Charleston Tea Plantation. Or if you prefer green teas, try Bigelow Green Tea with Peach. Served hot or over ice, this peach-infused blend bursts with flavor sure to satisfy your taste buds. Take @Radiant_Silk’s word for it: “Bigelow green tea w/ peach!! So good!”

Take heart, herbal tea lovers, Bigelow Tea’s Perfect Peach Herbal Tea is your peachy pick. Brewing it fresh for iced tea by the pitcher is a cinch with Perfect Peach Herbal Iced Tea  packaged in quart-size tea bags!

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Hot, hazy long summer days are the perfect time to celebrate this sweet, juicy and joyful fruit. So if you’re looking for a peach of a drink, look no further than Bigelow Tea!


Bigelow Tea Takes A Look At The Oldest Tea Book In The World

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Bigelow Tea has written about the ancient history of tea as well as its own 70 year history of proudly producing the finest tea in America. Previously, Bigelow Tea shared a bit of information about the oldest tea book in the world, The Classic of Tea, by Chinese writer Lu YüThe Classic of Tea is a fascinating book looking at tea’s many components, all described precisely, from growing to production and preparation.

The Classic of Tea’s message of mindfulness and respecting the preparation of tea is fundamental to Bigelow Tea’s own history and success. Dedication to the details defines Bigelow Tea and has for three generations of the Bigelow family as witnessed by David C. Bigelow when he hand painted tea labels for his mother Ruth back in 1945 as well as third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow example of sharing via video the steps required to make “the perfect cup of tea.”

bigelow tea historyHand painted Bigelow tea can, circa 1945!

The hard work and passion started by Ruth 70 years ago continues today which is why Bigelow tea is the #1 specialty tea leader in the U.S! As the Bigelow family always says, “we hope our tea delights you!”


Bigelow Tea Rallies Behind The USO

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Reaching out to a high school friend, Bigelow Tea’s third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow cemented the company’s relationship with the United Service Organizations (USO), making it an official sponsor of the non-profit organization that supports the U.S. military community.

Bigelow Tea first partnered with the USO when Cindi reached out to high school friend Jeff Hill, now the USO’s Regional Vice President for the U.S., to develop a path for distributing 100% American grown tea, grown at the company’s Charleston Tea Plantation in South Carolina, to troops as a heartfelt way of saying “thank you” for the huge sacrifices they make. Bigelow Tea is now committing to donating a minimum of 350,000 tea bags annually to the USO. The tea bags will be used to support the USO’s ongoing mission of lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families.

bigelow american classic teaThis commitment ensures the continuation of Bigelow’s already existing Tea for the Troops program, launched by Cindi in 2009. To date, the Tea for the Troops program has donated more than 4 million tea bags to U.S. service personnel.

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This year, Bigelow Tea also became a financial sponsor of the USO’s 2015 Warrior Week that recently took place, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in association with the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia Inc. In addition, Cindi and Bigelow Tea Project Manager Tim Richmond, an Iraq war veteran, cycled alongside service men and women in Warrior Week’s Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge that culminated in Virginia Beach. This was their third Ride 2 Recovery event.

“It is such a moving experience, and an honor, to ride along with our veterans,” said Cindi. “Not a single soldier had one word of complaint. Just listening to them makes you truly realize the magnitude of what these heroes selflessly do to protect our country. It is why it is so important to give back. I must have cried a dozen times when I walked away from these conversations. Not with pity but with tremendous admiration for them,” she said.

And, she added, “At Bigelow Tea, whose company mission it is to enrich life’s everyday moments by infusing passion into all we do, we are grateful to our service men and women, to Jeff Hill and the USO for allowing us to be even a small piece of everything they do to improve the lives of our beautiful troops.”


Bigelow Tea Pours Out Tea Wisdom From The Oldest Tea Book In The World

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Bigelow tea recognizes the deep impact that tea has played in American history as well as world history. And as Bigelow Tea is celebrating its 70th year in 2015 (Bigelow Tea fan Jackie Lee tweets that she loves the 70th Anniversary packaging!) history is deep in the values of this family-run company. But let’s go back further… like 2,500 years, when tea was considered a medicinal brew including herbs, seeds and leaves found in Southwest China.

Over the next 1,000 years, tea’s popularity spread throughout Asia, becoming imbedded in religious and social culture. By the Tang Dynasty (AD 618–907) specific tea etiquette was essential, and Chinese writer Lu Yü wrote The Classic of Tea, the oldest known tea book! Lu Yü wrote of Tea as an expression of harmony and order, stressing the need to slow down when making and drinking tea.

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Of course Bigelow Tea has its own classic book, My Mother Loved Tea, a loving tribute from David C. Bigelow to Bigelow Tea Matriarch Ruth Campbell Bigelow. Current President and CEO Cindi Bigelow – David’s daughter and Ruth’s granddaughter – says “This book does such a terrific job … it recounts the beginning years perfectly!!”  70 years may not reach back to the Tang dynasty, but just taste what three generations of passionate tea lovers have done!


Bigelow Tea Wonders If You Add Milk To Tea

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The beauty of tea is that each drinker can customize his or her cup and decide whether to include milk, honey, sugar or even a slice of lemon! While some parts of making the perfect cup of Bigelow Tea are a must per third generation president and CEO, Cindi Bigelow, who always recommends putting in the tea bag in first before pouring over the water—other options are a matter of personal choice.

One hotly debated topic in the tea world is do you add milk or not to your tea, so let’s talk about milk today. If you do like to add milk, do you know when to add it in? Does the milk go in first or the hot water? The British Standards Institute (BSI) believes to have the answer to this tea community discussion. They state that the milk is best poured before the tea and that the brewing water should not be above 185°F to prevent scalding the milk. Of course not all tea drinkers agree with the BSI. Author George Orwell prefers pouring his milk in last to control the ratio of milk to tea. Even Queen Elizabeth II reportedly enjoys her tea by adding the milk afterwards!

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Bigelow Tea’s delicious chai tea varieties are amazing with milk and sugar like our classic Spiced ChaiFacebook Fan Virginia Gordon thinks Vanilla Chai is “delicious with a splash of cream and teaspoon of sugar!” The good news is that whether you add your cream or milk before or after the hot water, Bigelow Tea’s spicy chai flavors will make an amazing cuppa! Enjoy!


Bigelow Tea Goes Wild for Blueberries

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It’s not just summertime that’s synonymous with fresh ingredients bursting with flavor—Bigelow Tea is, too! With highest quality crafted varieties, you can always be sure to find a blend that matches the season to a tee. This July, take some time to celebrate National Blueberry Month with a cup of Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Tea.

With a perfect balance of flavor, this divine Bigelow blend offers a mouthwatering combination of sweet wild blueberries and tart acai (pronounced AH-sigh-EE). Both blueberries and acai berries are armed with antioxidants—nutrients that may help protect you from cell damage and different health conditions. Other palate-pleasers like hibiscus, sweet blackberry leaves and cinnamon round out this blend, making it the quintessential summer beverage.

Prepare it iced, hot, mixed in a cocktail, or add it to a fab recipe like Melon and Blueberry Fruit Salad, and know that Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Tea won’t disappoint. Toast National Blueberry Month and take your tea to the next level by adding a handful of fresh blueberries like @beautifullyunique_ did! Mmmm… Now that makes an invigorating and refreshing treat! Betcha won’t be able to stop at just one cup!


Bigelow Tea Reflects On America And Independence Day

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The land of the free and the home of the brave … that is America, the country we celebrate as we head into Independence Day weekend. Bigelow Tea is proud to be American-made and American-run. For three generations, the tea you love has been blended and boxed right here in the USA.  Yes, 4th of July is a great time for barbecues and iced Bigelow Tea, but it is also a day to remember those who gave the United States its independence and those who continue to fight for peace and freedom on our behalf.

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One small way Bigelow Tea supports those in the military is by sending them tea. Third generation CEO and President, Cindi Bigelow, started the Tea for the Troops program as “our way of saying thank you to the men and women fighting for our country.” To date, almost 4 million bags of Bigelow Tea have been sent to troops serving in German, Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea.

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In addition, Bigelow Tea was proud to recently sponsor Warrior Week in Virginia. Cindi and Tim Richmond, a veteran and Bigelow Tea Project Manager, cycled in the 80-mile Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge on May 29. The ride was followed by a beach reception sponsored by Bigelow Tea.

As you enjoy a beautiful summer weekend—and possibly sip some iced American Classic or American Breakfast tea— please take a moment to remember the significance of Independence Day and all that it means to be an American.