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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!

 

How The World Looked In 1945 When Bigelow Tea Began

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In 1945, World War II ended, the Yalta Agreement was signed and Bigelow Tea was born! As Bigelow has been celebrating 70 years as America’s family tea blenders, it’s an opportune moment to reflect on the company’s auspicious beginning and the many historical milestones ushered in during the same year. Here’s a snapshot of events and statistics from 1945, when Ruth Campbell Bigelow adapted a Colonial recipe to create “Constant Comment®”:

  • The first German war crimes trial began in Nuremburg.
  • Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam’s independence from France.
  • The average American salary was $2,400.
  • The cost of a gallon of gas was 15 cents.
  • Ruth and her husband, David Bigelow, were making a living blending and packaging seasonings that they sold in New York City. They wanted to expand their product offerings, and Ruth’s hunch that the American market was ready for a more flavorful tea than the bland brew available at the time proved correct.bigelow tea ruth bigelow
  • A July 1945 article in the New York Herald Tribunereported the following about “Constant Comment,”®according to a recent account in Connecticut Explored magazine:  “One of
    Mrs. Bigelow’s Park Avenue friends was giving an afternoon party, and it was suggested she try the new blend. Not a word was said to the guest regarding its novelty, yet everyone spoke of the tea’s aroma, its flavor—there was ‘constant comment.’ A good name, why not? Labels were made and the tea was hurried to the stores where it is selling at around 75 cents for the two-and-one-quarter ounce jar. Expensive? But here’s a tea so flavorful that three-quarters of a teaspoon make six bracing cups of aromatic spiciness.”

Today, “Constant Comment”® remains one of Bigelow Tea’s best-loved flavors in a line that has expanded to include more than 120 varieties. Just ask Instagrammer @Scot30, who says “Constant Comment”® is his all-time favorite tea. Enjoy the aroma, taste and nostalgia in every cup of Bigelow Tea!

 

Bigelow Tea’s Spearmint Goes Crop To Cup!

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As a third-generation family business, Bigelow Tea sources ingredients only from suppliers who share the Bigelow family’s passion for quality. Many of these trusted partners have worked with Bigelow Tea since the company’s founding, 70 years ago and are now, well, like family! A great example is our supplier of 100 percent American-grown spearmint that is masterfully blended into several Bigelow mint teas.

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What makes this mint so special? It is grown exclusively in the northwest corner of the United States by a family company of multi-generational growers. A loyal relationship began in the early 1960s, when Bigelow Tea set out to develop a tea with the refreshing taste of spearmint. Today, a father-and-son team meticulously harvests acres of spearmint two times each year, continuing to demonstrate the same uncompromising care and craftsmanship that Bigelow Tea demands. The superior quality of their product, the cleanliness of their processing and the traceability of the mint from “crop to cup” are what make them ideal partners for Bigelow Tea.

The proof, of course, is in your mug of minty-fresh tea. One variety to try is Sweet Dreams, a soothing herbal blend of chamomile, hibiscus, peppermint leaves, rose blossoms, spearmint leaves, spice and orange blossoms. Facebook fan Lisa N John Rigby enjoys winding down with a cup or two of this favorite before bedtime. Delish!

 

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!

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!

Top Image by Esther Spektor via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Reminisces About Tea Innovations Through The Ages

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From field to cup, tea takes a remarkable journey—one that has changed in fascinating ways with innovations in the tools used to prepare it for consumption. Nature provides the precious tea leaves, but human ingenuity and imagination make brewed tea possible. Bigelow Tea is proud to be celebrating 70 years as part of this great tea tradition!

Legend has it that a Chinese emperor discovered how to infuse tea more than 4,000 years ago when the wind blew leaves into the water he was boiling. As NPR notes in this excellent historical overview, people all over the world have been thinking up new ways to make and enjoy tea ever since. Tea was once pressed into cakes that were broken into pieces (then roasted and boiled), powdered and whipped, sipped from bowls, and incorporated into ancient Chinese rituals requiring up to 25 objects for the tea service. Invention of the tea bag was a happy accident in America in the 1900s when a merchant began selling tea leaves wrapped in silk pouches. Rather than remove the tea leaves as intended, customers put the bags right in their teapots instead. Genius!

Fast-forward to today. As a third-generation, family-owned tea company, Bigelow Tea embraces tradition while also striving to stay at the forefront of tea innovation. Hence the Bigelow team has worked to develop the signature foil pouches that protect the freshness and flavor of every Bigelow tea bag.

Bigelow Tea introduced another novel tea bag with the Novus line of premium full-leaf teas from the world’s finest tea estates. Each Novus tea is enveloped in a pyramid-shaped sachet that allows the delicate leaves to unfurl completely when steeped for a cup of tea that offers perfection in every sip! No wonder it’s a favorite of many Bigelow Tea fans—like @z_inita, who tweeted her love for Novus Citrus Chamomile Herb Tea.

Which Bigelow Tea variety do you prefer in your modern-day mug?

 

The Aroma And Taste Of Bigelow Tea’s Earl Grey

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The family-run Bigelow Tea company takes pride in blending teas that make a truly memorable cup. And one of Bigelow Tea’s most beloved varieties it its aromatic and irresistible Earl Grey! What makes Bigelow’s Earl Grey so special is the real oil of bergamot sourced year after year exclusively from Calabria, Italy.

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Calabria is where 80% of the world’s citrus bergamot fruit is grown. The Bigelow family has developed a long-standing relationship—since the 1970s!— with the family farmers in Calabria who supply the best oil of bergamot to create this classic blend. These third-generation family bergamot farms are dedicated to expertly growing citrus bergamot fruit without the use of pesticides, using natural, organic methods from orchards that have been in existence for over 80 years. They harvest the proper-sized fruit at the peak degree of ripeness and then, carefully process it so that the integrity of the fruit is not destroyed.  It is this ultra-fine oil of bergamot that Bigelow blends into its Earl Grey Tea.

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Some people, like third-generation Bigelow Tea President and CEO Cindi Bigelow’s CPR instructor, will only drink Bigelow’s Earl Grey. For others, like Facebook fan Nichole Mancour, it’s a no brainer: she says “Earl Grey is my go-to tea.”

Yes, there’s really something special about Bigelow Tea’s Earl Grey.

 

Bigelow Tea Employees Find Greener Transportation For CT Rides Week

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Bigelow Tea is proud to finish CT Rides Week with a total of 2,040 miles saved from being driven by employees who found greener ways to travel. Governor Dannel Malloy declared May 11 – May 15 CT Rides Week to encourage all solitary drivers to try alternate methods of transportation when traveling or working within the state of Connecticut. As a company dedicated to sustainability, Bigelow Tea was excited to be a part of this important initiative.

Several Bigelow Tea team members rose to the challenge by biking, ride sharing or using public transportation to get to and from work, or to get around on their own time. Throughout the week, CT Plant Manager Jim Gildea and his team kept a running log of miles saved from being driven and noted that the tally rose steadily each day.

“Sharing a ride can have a huge impact on Connecticut’s air quality. An individual switching a 20-mile roundtrip commute to public transportation can decrease annual CO2 emissions by 4,800 pounds per year,” said Gildea. “Additionally, sharing a ride can afford a variety of benefits to commuters, including saving money on the cost of maintaining personal vehicles and the cost of parking, providing some protection from the rising cost of fuel and a less stressful commute.”

Thank you to all employees who participated. Well done, team!

Bigelow Tea’s Proposal For A Wonderful Wedding

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Bigelow Tea loves a good wedding! Even in 2015, brides and grooms still follow the tradition of “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.” Bigelow Tea is excited to share some thoughts as you plan your fairytale wedding.

Something Old

Three generations of the Bigelow family have been creating tea for 70 years, and tea itself has a storied past. Celebrate the bride-to-be with a whimsical afternoon tea for a bridal shower or bachelorette party.

Something New

Deciding on thank-you gifts for your bridesmaids? Or looking for a personalized present for the happy couple? Make their next tea-time special with a new Bigelow Tea engraved tea chest.

Something Borrowed

If you’re searching for a venue, remember that you can always use Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation for the day. The serene and unique setting of the Plantation—found on Wadmalaw Island—provides wedding guests a taste of Southern charm and historic beauty. The grounds of America’s largest working tea garden offer a picturesque pavilion, an old-fashioned trolley to shuttle guests, and gorgeous locations to recite your vows.

Full of majestic oaks and lush fields, it’s the perfect setting for saying, “I do” and April starts the wedding season so do call to book your date!

Something (Red, White and) Blue

After a day of wedding festivities, give guests a wedding favor that’s original. Try a box of American Classic® Tea, tea grown and produced at the Charleston Tea Plantation or personalized boxes of Bigelow tea. @PrettyLaneEtsy suggests hand-stamped gift tags with the phrase, “You, me, and a cup of tea.”

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Congratulations to all those couples celebrating their big day this year. If you need a break from wedding planning, remember, nothing’s more relaxing than a nice cup of tea.

Bigelow Tea Supports ‘Cups Of Care’ Tea Parties For Breast Cancer Awareness

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Meet the awesome girls and their moms who have teamed up to create the Cups of Care Program with the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut. These creative mother-daughter duos host in-home springtime tea parties to raise money for breast cancer treatment and build awareness about breast health. Bigelow Tea is incredibly proud to support this great cause by providing tea for the parties and encouraging others to join the effort!

If you know the story of “Constant Comment,”® you also know that the company began 70 years ago with one woman’s initiative and passion for tea. So it’s inspiring to see what these girls and their mothers are doing to make the world a better place—and to know that Bigelow Tea is a part of it. And while Bigelow Tea supports many charitable causes, there is a special connection to Cups of Care because founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow battled breast cancer.

Cups of Care began last year as a fun way to not only raise money for women struggling to pay for treatment, but also to educate teens about breast health, inspire overall wellness from an early age, and empower young women with the knowledge that they can make a difference in the community and lives of others.  Several mother-daughter teams came together to host eight tea parties and raised nearly $11,000. Wow!

“At Bigelow, supporting good work like this being done by these special young ladies makes each of us feel so fortunate” says Cindi Bigelow, third-generation President & CEO of Bigelow Tea. “They are truly making a difference and we could not be more proud to help, if even in just a small way. Brava young ladies … brava!”

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For spring 2015, two parties have already taken place and another is scheduled for April 12th. The program is looking for volunteers to host their own in-home parties from now through May. To find out how you can host a Cups of Care Tea Party, contact Mari-Jo Gordon at the Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center, 203-255-5546.

You too can help make a difference “one cup of tea at a time!”