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New Steep By Bigelow Organic Teas Combine 70 Years Of Inspiration And Innovation

bigelow tea_SteepIn keeping with the revolutionary spirit of founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow, Bigelow Tea is once again adding to its vast repertoire of 130+ varieties with the launch of a new line of craft teas named “steep by Bigelow.” This premium line of 13 USDA Certified organic teas creatively blends exotic ingredients in unexpected and uniquely pleasing ways. These teas are also non-GMO and gluten free!

“Our new line of hand-crafted teas was created to engage all the senses, from shelf to cup, beginning with the serenely visual appeal of the packaging to the wonderful aromas and tantalizing flavors that follow,” says Cindi Bigelow, third-generation president & CEO.  “Made with exceptional care under the careful watch of Bigelow family tea blenders, this is our ‘microbrew,’ rich-in-flavor teas that will enhance life’s everyday moments. I invite you to come with us on this journey to live a life steeped in experiences.”

The introduction of steep by Bigelow continues a cherished family tradition of innovation that began over 70 years ago when Ruth developed her iconic “Constant Comment“® blend and created specialty tea in America. Just as Ruth knew America was ready for a more flavorful tea, Bigelow Tea believes tea lovers will embrace the steep by Bigelow tea experience!

Inspired by the popularity of the craft beer movement, steep by Bigelow teas cater to individual palate preferences. Each of the 13 teas delivers a unique flavor experience by combining such taste counterparts as sweet peachy notes with earthy dandelion, smoky and nutty oolong with delicate floral jasmine and smooth, malty teas with flowery top notes. Check out these choices:

  • Sweet Cinnamon
  • Chai
  • Lemon Ginger caffeine free Herbal Tea
  • Dandelion & Peach Rooibos & Green Pure Green Tea Green Tea with Pomegranate Pure Green Decaffeinated Tea
  • Earl Grey
  • Oolong & Jasmine Green Tea
  • English Breakfast Certified Fair Trade Tea
  • Mint caffeine free Herbal Tea
  • Rooibos caffeine free Hibiscus Herbal Tea
  • Chamomile Citrus caffeine free Herbal Tea

Look for these enticing new teas in stores near you, on the steep by Bigelow website (http://www.steepbybigelow.com) or Amazon.com. And be sure to share your thoughts in the comments!

Bigelow Tea Goes The Extra Mile With Packaging Details

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It’s said that quality is in the details, and Bigelow Tea is a true believer! As you may have noticed, Bigelow Tea boxes brim with small touches that reflect this third-generation family-owned tea company’s passion for tea and joy in bringing it to consumers for 70 years. So it was a thrill to read a third-party review in Converter News that highlights “eight things to like about Bigelow Tea cartons.”

Each feature cited in the article is by careful design and came about as part of a refresh of the packaging in 2013, in anticipation of Bigelow Tea’s 70th anniversary in 2015. The goal was to showcase the company’s long and flavorful history with vivid colors and engaging stories, while also enhancing ease of use as well as showcasing the pride Bigelow employees feel when they bring you a great cup of tea. Of course, as noted in the company’s response to a question from @RateTea on Twitter, you’ll find no change to the delicious, high-quality tea protected in foil-wrapped pouches inside each box of Bigelow Tea!

Here are eight design elements that have made the new packaging a winner with consumers and industry insiders alike:
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  1. The UPC barcode on the bottom of the box – Each one is in a distinctive shape to reflect the tea variety inside.
  1. Personalization – On the bottom of every box it is noted who packaged the tea, using the worker’s first name and last initial.
  1. Best enjoyed by …” – This appears instead of the standard “use by” date.
  1. Sustainable packaging statement – Included is a gold heart that mimics the gold in the company logo, as well as encouragement to “do your part” to recycle.
  1. Caff-O-Meter – Lets you know how much caffeine is in your tea. You’ll also find helpful brewing tips.bigelow tea raspberry tea
  1. Unlock the freshness – A gold key points to the nifty “tuck tab” closure.
  1. Company history printed on the top – One of nine different stories from Bigelow Tea history is featured on every box of tea.
  1. Color scheme – “As satisfying as a fresh-brewed cup o’ tea,” according to Converter News!

Enjoy these enticing visual elements as you sip and savor your next cup of Bigelow

 

 

Add Some Zing To The Table With Bigelow Tea’s Signature Spice Cake

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Looking to bring a bit of spice to your baking repertoire? Look no further than one of Bigelow Tea’s most popular recipes: “Constant Comment”® Spice Cake. Considered to be the “signature cake” using Bigelow Tea’s flagship blend, this spice cake has been teasing taste buds for years—ever since the era when “Constant Comment”® was first introduced.

There’s a lot of history behind this flavor (and this recipe). In 1945, founder Ruth Bigelow’s revolutionary spirit created the very first Bigelow Tea, which generated constant comment among those who sampled it. She named it “Constant Comment”® of course! In doing so, she challenged well-known tea brands and helped establish specialty tea in America. Seventy years later, under the third generation of family leadership, Bigelow Tea produces 1.7 billion tea bags annually in more than 130 varieties of blackgreen and herbal teas in may flavors and varieties. Each tea bag is individually overwrapped in signature foil pouches that protect the tea from air, moisture and surrounding aromas, keeping all the flavor and freshness in until you’re ready to enjoy!

This expert blending and zealous protection of flavor not only makes for a fantastic tea, it also makes a spectacular ingredient for the “Constant Comment”® Spice Cake. It’s a sweetly-spiced dessert as timeless as the tea with which it’s made. Here’s the recipe. Enjoy!

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  • ½ cup milk
  • Bigelow Constant Comment® Tea Bags
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1-⅔ cups flour
  • 2-½ teaspoons baking powder
  • Confectioners sugar

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour a 9″” round cake pan. Combine milk and tea bags in a small saucepan. Heat over medium/low heat until bubbles form around the edge, stirring occasionally. (DO NOT BOIL.) Remove from heat and let cool (15-20 minutes); remove tea bags squeezing out liquid. Set aside. In large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs and whisk to blend. Add the cooled milk; continue to whisk until thoroughly combined. Add flour and baking powder; mix until a smooth batter forms. Pour batter into pan. Bake approximately 35 minutes, or until center of cake springs back when touched. Cool on wire rack before removing from pan. Let cool completely before serving. Dust top with confectioners sugar.

 

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?

 

Bigelow Tea Packaging Makes Storage a Cinch!

Among the many things to love about our Bigelow Tea varieties—in addition to the great taste and reported health benefits—are their freshness and full-bodied tea flavor! That’s why we put as much effort into making our packaging as we do our teas, ensuring that every cup you brew will be perfect. No need to purchase special containers for storing your Bigelow Teas!

That said, it’s helpful to understand the principles behind the packaging. It is the prolonged exposure to air, light and moisture that will diminish the potency of your tea and flavorings. So each Bigelow tea bag is individually wrapped in a foil pouch to seal in all the wonderful flavor and freshness. The tea bags themselves are of the highest quality—rated a 10 on a 1-10 scale for ability to maintain freshness. And our amazing loose teas come in special tins that protect the delicate tea leaves and flavorings. Either way, when you tear open a pouch or pop the lid, you get a burst of intense tea aroma that you know will create a deeply flavorful cup of tea!

Of course, the quality of the tea going into our bags and tins is just as important. Check out this video, where Bigelow Tea President Cindi Bigelow demonstrates how you can actually see the difference between our teas and those of lesser quality. You’ll be amazed:

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Storage? No problem! Simply place the box of Bigelow Tea foil pouches or tin of loose tea in a cupboard away from heat and light. And never put tea in the refrigerator or freezer. The most important thing though, is to make sure that wherever you store your tea, it’s within easy reach so you can brew up a delicious cup anytime!

Bigelow Tea’s Teabags and Wrappers Are Much More Than Just Packaging!

Believe it! Your Bigelow Tea teabags and the wrappers that envelop them have a significant impact on the aroma and taste of the tea you drink! While many people think wrappers and teabags are simply forms of packaging, at Bigelow Tea the bag and the foil wrapper are carefully crafted components, integral to the overall tea-drinking experience.

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When tea lovers got together with Cindi Bigelow for a Tea Social in New York City in January, Cindi talked to her special tea guests about the often-overlooked teabag and its wrapper. Stephanie from The Tea Scoop was at the event, and afterward she shared a fantastic summary of Cindi’s lesson on her blog. Check it out!

As part of the event, participants learned that wrappers (or barriers) are rated from 0 to 10, with a 10 keeping the teabags freshest. Bigelow Tea wrappers are rated a 10. Simply opening the wrapper of a Bigelow Tea bag and enjoying the aroma of what’s inside gives consumers an idea of how important a wrapper can be. As Stephanie at the Tea Scoop happily noted:

“When I sniffed Bigelow, I found the strength of the aroma startling.”

Cindi also asked the guests to tear open teabags and see what’s inside. Some teas contain filler: tea dust, stems, and “prills” of flavoring and small leaves. Bigelow Tea, however, contains tea leaves, real ingredients (like orange rind in Constant Comment) and spices—never dust or prills. As Stephanie at The Tea Scoop put it, “I was completely blown away by the difference.”  Check out Cindi’s demonstration in this video:

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Try this at home and see; smell and taste the difference a premium tea bag and wrapper makes. At Bigelow Tea, we take the quality of our ingredients and materials seriously, so we can provide the best tea-drinking experience possible!

Got String?

Some things you just take for granted, you have milk in the refrigerator, the light will come on when you turn the switch, and at work your computer will work and there is paper in the copy machine. When these things don’t happen as expected your day is slightly disrupted but you recover without much issue.  If your car does not start and you cannot get to work then that can have a bigger impact on how well your day turns out. Today we had a concern with our inventory of string for our tea machine being a bit low; in fact we had the possibility of running out.  Now that is more in line with the car not starting, it could ruin the day.  We were scheduled to receive delivery of more string on Monday but issues arose and the shipment was moved out to Thursday.  Typically we carry a higher inventory during our busy time but it was lower than normal so this delay just made it a bigger issue.  We have worked for many years with the same suppliers and have built a good relationship that makes us both committed to each other’s success.  When the supplier found out our situation they sent string on a special currier to tie us over until the scheduled delivery. We should never have run out of string in the first place or even been this close because we have reports, checks, and people making sure we have enough inventories but I guess it was not enough.  Now that we know the tea machines will not run out of string we need to go back through our process and find out what we can do to improve it so we do not have this issue happen again.  

Dean