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Bigelow Tea With A Push Of A Button

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These days everyone is busy, busy, busy. But when you do have a few minutes to relax, it’s nice to enjoy a mug of Bigelow Tea at a moment’s notice. And while boiling water isn’t the most harrowing task, there’s an even easier way when you have one of those moments: Bigelow Tea K-Cup pods.

In case you didn’t know, Bigelow Tea has the same delicious teas you love packaged in K-Cup pods for use in all Keurig K-Cup brewers. Just load the pod, place your mug underneath, and push to brew. Voila—delicious Bigelow Tea made to order!

And the best news is that, each Bigelow Tea K-Cup pod holds the same quality ingredients you have come to expect from the Bigelow family. The Lemon Ginger K-Cups are filled with zesty ingredients that appeal to the taste palette and the nose, including lemongrass, lemon peel, cinnamon, ginger and lemon verbena. And the Earl Grey K-Cups hold aromatic bergamot and bold handpicked black tea—no surprises here, simply premium ingredients that take Bigelow Tea flavors from beyond good to great!

That’s what the Bigelow family insists upon: A promise of smooth taste, consistent flavor and exceptional aroma. From classics like Green Tea and English Breakfast, to seasonal favorites like Pumpkin Spice, there’s a wide assortment of Bigelow Teas available to brew with your Keurig K-Cup brewer. So the next time you think you don’t have time for a cuppa, remember that a hot cup of your favorite blend can be ready in seconds.

 

Bigelow Tea Focuses On Ingredients: Lemon

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For over 70 years the Bigelow Family has handcrafted tea blends, focusing on quality and flavor to deliver a consistent cup of delicious tea. As a third generation family-owned company Bigelow Tea takes pride in developing and maintaining relationships with suppliers who embody similar practices and values.  Bigelow Tea is proud to have partnered with a family-owned lemon peel supplier for the last 30 years.

As an essential ingredient in many of Bigelow Tea’s blends, lemon peel requires the perfect blend of sweetness and tartness to deliver the flavor profile the Bigelow Family requires. Hailing from Central Valley California, the lemons used are 100% USA grown and meet strict USDA, FDA, and California standards. The Bigelow family’s supplier has perfected its state-of-the-art processes to harvest, juice, and zest some of the world’s best lemons since opening their groves in 1947.

The next time you sip on your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor, check the ingredients to see if lemon peel is part of your blend and rest assured you have a combined 140 years of experience in your cup!

 

Bigelow Tea Prepares For Cold & Flu Season

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Like chicken noodle soup, a hot mug of Bigelow Tea just makes you feel better when you’re suffering from a cold or the flu. The warmth, the aroma and the enticing flavor of tea can really soothe you from the inside out! So, as cold and flu season approaches, share your favorite “sick day” Bigelow Tea option!

Do you prefer a nice, low-key herbal blend like fragrant Chamomile? Or perhaps your choice is a green tea such as the invigorating Green Tea with Mint? Alternatively, do you want that traditional black tea boost from a cup of Earl Grey? And zesty Lemon Ginger Herbal Plus Probiotics is delicious and may aid your digestion. Really, you can’t go wrong with whatever variety you choose!

Of course, the CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine as the best way to reduce the chances of getting the flu. But Joe Simrany, president of the Tea Council of the USA, recommends consuming plenty of fluids especially hot tea. “Hot tea soothes the throat and warms the body on chilly winter days, and it can promote relaxation.”

So, drink up! Here’s to a healthy cold & flu season!

The preceding materials related to health information are provided for educational purposes only.

Tea and tea containing products are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. You should always consult a physician regarding the applicability of any information or recommendations with respect to any symptoms or medical condition. Bigelow is not responsible for the content contained in third-party studies. Bigelow provides these studies for reference, and this does not represent an endorsement or responsibility for the content of such third-party studies.

Bigelow Tea Takes Stock Of Quick Homemade Broth Made With Tea

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It’s soup season, and Bigelow Tea loves the soul-satisfying flavor you get when making stock from scratch. So before reaching for that can or box, check out these inspiring ideas from New York Times food writer Mark Bittman for whipping up a variety of homemade stocks in minutes (yes, really!) using staples sitting in your pantry or fridge. One of Bittman’s recipes is for Smoky Tea Stock that he recommends using as a broth for udon noodles. Add a splash of soy sauce. Yum!

Why stop there? Try inventing your own signature stocks using Bigelow Tea flavors as a base for your favorite recipes or even some new creations. Here’s a wonderful recipe from the Bigelow Tea files for a hearty, nutritious soup (pictured above) using Green Tea with Lemon to give the broth an unexpected zesty flavor. Enjoy!

Garmugia (Spring Vegetable Soup)

bigelow tea green tea with lemon

Serves 8 

Ingredients:

  • 20 Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon tea bags
  • 7 cups (1 ¾L) boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons (45mL) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 fresh italian sausage, casing removed and meat crumbled
  • 3 small white onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 oz. (90g) ground beef
  • ½ cup (125mL) frozen lima beans or frozen fava beans
  • ½ cup (125mL) frozen peas
  • ½ cup (125mL) asparagus tips
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5mL) salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5mL) freshly ground pepper
  • Croutons:
  • ¼ cup (60mL) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 slices coarse white bread, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon (15mL) Italian parsley, chopped

Instructions:

Place Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon tea bags into a large bowl; pour 7 cups boiling water over the tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeeze well and set aside. In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the sausage meat, onions and ground beef; saute until meat browns and onions turn opaque. Add the beans, peas and asparagus and stir well. Pour in reserved tea, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook covered until the flavors are blended, about 30 minutes, skimming off any froth from the surface of the soup. Halfway through the cooking time, season with salt and pepper. Serve. To prepare the croutons, add olive oil to frying pan and heat over medium high heat. Add the garlic and saute until it begins to turn golden. Remove garlic and add bread cubes and stir until golden brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the crouton to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with parsley. Ladle hot soup into warmed soup bowls and garnish with croutons.

 

Bigelow Tea Pairs English Teatime With Delicious Bigelow Recipes Perfect For The New Year!

Bigelow Tea English TeatimeBigelow Tea English Teatime is a signature blend of classic black tea perfect for any time of day. For this special blend, only hand-picked tea leaves from the higher mountains are used to create a smooth, full-bodied cup of tea. Twitter fan Caroline says “English Teatime is my morning go-to.”

bigelow recipeIf you’re looking for more ways to enjoy your cup of English Teatime, try pairing it with a delicious Bigelow Tea recipe! Rich, invigorating, and versatile, English Teatime is the perfect complement to chocolate, pork, and poultry. Whip up a Chocolate SweeTEA Pie (pictured) for dessert during a new year’s celebration! Made with either Bigelow® Sweetheart Cinnamon Herbal Tea or Bigelow Raspberry Royale this pie is a great treat to accompany a hot cuppa Bigelow English Teatime.

Or maybe you’re looking for something a bit more savory to sip your tea with. Try these Ham and Pear Sandwiches or this juicy Chamomile Braised Chicken. When it comes to pairing teas with food, the only rule is there are no rules! Experiment with your favorite combinations and let your culinary imagination soar!

 

Make Some Bold Pairings With Bigelow Tea Earl Grey

bigelow tea earl greyLooking for your next tea pairing adventure? Look no further than Bigelow Tea’s Earl Grey tea. This refined, yet bold, black tea is highlighted by bright and fragrant citrus notes—thanks to the finest bergamot oil from Calabria, Italy. A true classic, Earl Grey pairs beautifully with the strong, earthy flavors in red meat dishes, duck and dark chocolate. Now that’s decadent!

bigelow tea earl grey boxTry pairing a cup of Earl Grey with tea-infused main dishes like recipes for Orange Beef and Chinese Broccoli or Pan Seared Duck with Orange and Spice Gastrique.

Or if you have more of a sweet tooth, pair a cuppa with Vanilla Caramel Chocolate Custard or Creme Brulee, or Darjeeling and Dark Chocolate Pots. With its delicate and citrusy aroma and golden coloring, Earl Grey’s smooth flavor provides the perfect complement to rich and indulgent dishes.

With the complex yet traditional flavor of Earl Grey, here’s one more tip: simply brew, sip and enjoy!

Five Tips For Brewing The Perfect Cup Of Bigelow Tea

It’s virtually impossible to make a mistake when brewing a cup of Bigelow Tea, right? When you think about it, it’s simply water and a bag of tea leaves (and the cup, of course!). However, what many people don’t realize is how much tastier their tea can be if they put a few extra steps into the preparation.

In the above video clip, Bigelow Tea President and CEO Cindi Bigelow offers  +suggestions on how to make your next perfect cup of tea. Here are the key steps:

  1. Always start with fresh, cold water: The air bubbles in fresh, cold water unfurl the tea leaf for full flavor extraction.
  2. Be sure not to over-boil the water! For blackoolongherbal and rooibos teas, bring water to a rolling boil, then immediately pour over tea. For green and white teas, bring water
    just to the point where tiny bubbles begin to form before pouring over tea.bigelow earl grey
  3. Place your tea bag in the cup before adding the water: While this step is based on your preference, the Bigelow family — who has been brewing cups of tea for 70 years— puts the tea bag in first.
  4. Don’t lose steam — let the tea steep: Retain the flavor and goodness of the tea by steeping the tea (try covering the cup with a saucer). All Bigelow Tea packages list recommended brew times.
  5. No squeezing the tea bag: Try not to squeeze the tea bag when you remove it from your cup. By squeezing it, you release the last bit of the tea’s tannins, which are very bitter and affect the overall taste of your cuppa.

Whether you’re brewing your first cup of tea or have been enjoying tea for years, every drink of tea should be special. These steps should help ensure your tea is at peak flavor and refreshment. Enjoy!

Living the Caramel Chai Life With Bigelow Tea

Bigelow Tea ChaiIf you like your tea a little on the wild side, with the perfect amount of exotic spice and a touch of creamy caramel, then Bigelow Tea’s exotic Caramel Chai Black Tea is calling your name! Bigelow Tea has several chai flavors, and each begins and ends with a special blend of mountain grown hand-picked black tea featuring exotic chai spices. In this particular blend, molasses crystals add to the flavor profile, giving it a rich, creamy caramel essence and a velvety taste. For an authentic chai experience add milk and sweetener!

bigelow tea caramel Chai

In India it’s a family tradition to welcome guests with Chai, and each family has its own recipe and preparation traditions, and stalls selling Chai tea are a common sight. It has a huge following here in America too, and as @BessyMartinez6 tweeted, “My night is not complete without … #Bigelow #Caramel #Chai.” Choose this variety for your daily cup today … and enjoy that velvety flavor!

Top image by Ute via Flickr.com

‘Tis The Season To Sip Special Bigelow Teas!

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There’s no better time for hot tea than the weeks leading up to the holidays. As you contemplate your cards and shopping lists, brew a cup of one of Bigelow Tea’s seasonal varieties and see what happens. The aromas and tastes of peppermint, gingersnaps and even eggnog will get you into the spirit in a jiffy and put a little jingle into your day!

Like candy canes and chocolate? Then Peppermint Bark Herbal Tea is an early holiday gift you’ll want to give yourself! Refreshing and indulgent, this caffeine free, all-natural tea combines the invigorating sensation and taste of real peppermint with the smooth warmth of chocolate, thanks to the addition of actual cocoa powder. It’s both hot and “cool” at the same time. Add a little sweetener and give yourself a little holiday gift any time of day, all season long!

If you prefer savory sips, brew some Ginger Snappish Herbal Tea in your favorite holiday mug! This aptly named tea is both “snappy” and evokes the sensation of warm gingersnaps. Ingredients like real ginger, cinnamon, natural gingersnap and lemon peel give this caffeine free tea a whole lot of zing. It’s savory, sweet and a smidge spicy. Ideal for a mid-day break from work or a bedtime cup as you write your list for the next day.

Looking for a caffeinated option? Bigelow Tea’s Eggnogg’n Tea will give you that gentle boost of caffeine and offer you one of the holiday’s quintessential flavors and aromas: eggnog. This all-natural tea is made with both black and green tea, making it full-bodied without being overpowering. It is smooth and miraculously full of the creamy flavor of eggnog with a touch of cinnamon. A splash of milk and a little sweetener makes it even more luscious—a great morning treat or accompaniment to your favorite holiday cookie!

With three joyous and spirited options, which Bigelow Tea holiday variety will you be sipping this season?

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?

bigelow tea american breakfast extra caffeine

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!