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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!

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

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!


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!

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?

Celebrate Fall With A Mug of Bigelow Tea’s Salted Caramel Tea

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Autumn is one of the Bigelow family’s favorite seasons. The changing colors of the leaves – coupled with the crisp, cool air – sets the perfect scene for brewing a cup of Bigelow Tea. Fall is also the ideal time to enjoy Bigelow Tea’s seasonal flavors, like sweet and savory Salted Caramel.

Smooth and succulent caramel is hard to resist! Bigelow Tea has taken that rich, buttery flavor and blended it into a combination of sweet and salty. Hand-picked black tea, luscious caramel
and natural salt flavors, rose hips and chicory root combine into a beautifully balanced treat for the senses. The aroma of Salted Caramel tea evokes a warm cozy feeling, like baking and the bigelow tea salted caramel boxfirst fire lit in the fireplace. And the flavor brings back candy store nostalgia without the calories.

Add a splash of milk and a little sweetener for a sublime guilt-free indulgence, or simply settle in for an evening cuppa in autumn-inspired bliss, like @fauvertwin1, who tweeted, “Ah! Bigelow’s salted caramel tea. Not a bad way to end the evening.” Saying so long to summer is always bittersweet, but a mug of Salted Caramel tea puts focus on the sweet.

Have You Tried Bigelow Tea’s Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea Plus Probiotics?

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You can always grab a cup of tea to calm things down or settle in for your evening, but did you know Bigelow Tea has a tea that may also help settle your stomach? Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea Plus Probiotics is not only tasty, it’s also blended to help support healthy digestion.bigelow tea lemon ginger herbal tea

Adding lemon to tea is a time-honored tradition, practiced from England to India. The tart flavor of lemon counters the earthy and tannic flavor of cinnamon. And ginger adds its own distinct notes of spice, heat and a woody aroma. It’s a zesty taste trio that is not to be missed!

But the benefits of this blend go far beyond your palate. Ginger is considered a natural aid for nausea. This is supplemented by a probiotic called GanedenBC 30, which is resistant to high temperatures and thus won’t break down in hot tea. Probiotics are sometimes referred to as “good bacteria” and help maintain a healthy balance in your digestive system.

If you’ve just eaten a particularly adventurous meal, take @LordRiddlesXIII’s advice and brew a pot of Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea Plus Probiotics as a tasty defense. Delish!

Bigelow Tea Brings The Cocoa On National Chocolate Day

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bigelow tea chocolate chaiBigelow Tea respects the chocolate lovers of the world (you know who you are) and has created three teas just for you: Chocolate ChaiPeppermint Bark Herbal Tea and White Chocolate Obsession. The combination of tea and chocolate makes for a delightfully delicious treat. And what better way to celebrate National Chocolate Day than enjoying a cup of your favorite chocolate tea?

Bigelow Tea Chocolate Chai is a decadent indulgence without any of the guilt. With a solid, spicy foundation of chai, and a hint of sweet chocolate, this blend swirls together in an irresistible way. For a treat, add a bit of milk and sweetener—it’ll become a dessert go-to in no time! @alexoconnnor said it best: Bigelow Tea Chocolate Chai tea changed her life “for the better.”

Bigelow Tea also offers two seasonal blends, White Chocolate Obsession and Peppermint Bark Herbal Tea, which can be purchased on the Bigelow Tea website all year long. A black tea blend with cocoa powder, natural white and dark chocolate flavors and carob, White Chocolate Obsession is one obsession you’ll approve of. Or if you’re looking for a warm treat on a cold day, Bigelow Tea Peppermint Bark (an all-natural herbal tea) is hot and cool all at the same time.  The combination of peppermint, cocoa powder, and all-natural chocolate flavors is just the treat your taste buds will thank you for.

So go ahead, our sweet-toothed friends, brew up a pot of these chocolately blends chock full of flavor and nuance. You’ll be in good company because, really, who isn’t a chocolate lover?

Apples Galore In Bigelow Tea! 

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Don’t be ashamed to admit it if your cup of tea is the “apple of your eye.” We get it. For three generations, the Bigelow family has been dedicated to creating and blending more than 120 varieties of world-class teas, and apples play a big role in some of our tastiest varieties. This autumn, try one of Bigelow Tea’s apple varieties because fall really is the season of the apple!

A sweet and versatile fruit, apple offers a well-rounded flavor for any palette. A lunchbox staple and one of the world’s healthiest fruits, apples tend to be mild, juicy and crisp. Different varieties range from tart (like Granny Smiths) to sweet (like those super-sugary Honey Crisps!). Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg bring out the flavors of the fruit and make apples the ideal ingredient to use in pies, muffins and other baked goods … or in and savory foods like salads, soups and pork dishes. bigelow tea apple cider

Yes, apples are awesome … but at Bigelow Tea we know that they are especially delightful when blended with other fine ingredients and placed in a tea bag! Bigelow Tea’s seasonal blend, Apple Cider Herbal Tea, is one of three Bigelow Tea varieties that highlights the flavor apples. Available in stores right now (and all year long online), it offers a robust taste of crisp and tangy apples along with sweet spices. Two other Bigelow Teas (available online) are Cinnamon Apple Herbal Tea and Cranberry Apple Herbal Tea. As for the latter, @natdormer said that it is officially the “best tea” she’s ever had.

Take a bite out of Apple Month and show your appreciation with a mug of your favorite Bigelow Tea apple blend!

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Taste Bigelow Tea’s Caramel-Kissed Teas!

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Caramel conjures cravings for something sweet and buttery-rich and just a bit toasty. Who can resist this decadent flavor? With Bigelow Tea‘s three caramel-kissed black teas to choose from, you’ll never have to try!

Sure, a luscious dessert drizzled with caramel sauce is an occasional treat, but Bigelow Salted Caramel TeaCaramel Chai Tea and Vanilla Caramel Tea are delicious alternatives that can be enjoyed anytime – guilt-free. Each blend captures the irresistible taste of caramelized sugar, as well as its distinctive aroma and amber-to-coppery hue. Try them all for National Caramel Month!

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Salted Caramel, the newest addition to Bigelow’s caramel lineup, is a perfect marriage of sweet and salty in an all-natural blend of black tea, chicory root and rose hips. (As Instagrammer @jenursa says, it’s #instagood!) Caramel Chai takes chai to a new level with the addition of molasses crystals and spices, while Vanilla Caramel proves that vanilla and caramel are a heavenly combination. Add a splash of milk and sweetener to any of these yummy teas to make them even more indulgent.

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And if drinking these rich teas isn’t enough for you, how about bringing out your inner baker and making a delightful snack with a caramel tea twist? For a perfect fall muffin that melts in your mouth, try Caramel Apple Crunch Muffins, created by Bigelow Tea Fan Heather Kennedy. These caramel tea-infused muffins—which won Bigelow Tea’s recipe contest in 2011!—make a great snack or light breakfast. Give them a try!

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