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Listen To Cindi Bigelow Talk Tea With Naturally Savvy Radio!

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As third-generation president and CEO of Bigelow Tea, Cindi Bigelow has grown up in the family-owned business and always loves sharing her professional opinions about tea. So she jumped at the invitation to talk tea with Andrea Donsky on the Naturally Savvy radio show on RadioMD! Listen in to the fascinating conversation!

Andrea is a registered holistic nutritionist and self-described “tea snob” who is passionate about helping her listeners live a natural and healthy lifestyle —something Cindi values as well. They covered a lot of ground, chatting about the differences between green tea and black teaorganic vs. nonorganic teas, the latest research on tea, the safety and purity of tea bags and brewed tea, and much more. Cindi pointed out that while she is not a scientist, she has been reading about and discussing tea for over 20 years!

Oh, and you might be surprised to learn that Cindi loves her morning coffee (gasp!) but prefers green and black tea throughout the day. Check out the interview for more great tea revelations from Cindi! And keep sharing your own #BigelowTea thoughts—like this sweet one from Twitter fan @Saaang_Al, who loves to start her day with Green Tea!

Bigelow Tea Helps Out At The Bridgeport Rescue Mission


Bigelow Tea employees Ed Hill and Roldao Carvalho 

As part of Bigelow Tea’s ongoing commitment to community service, members of the Fairfield Plant recently spent time at the Bridgeport Rescue Mission by helping out and volunteering as meal servers, ready to help serve food to those who count on the Bridgeport Rescue Mission to get a hot meal. Bigelow Tea has long championed the great work done by Bridgeport Rescue Mission and has supported the organization by donating a portion of the proceeds from the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge road race to the worthy efforts that take place there. In addition, all of the produce from last year’s Bigelow Tea Community Garden was donated to the Mission. We were able to harvest almost 200 pounds of fruits and vegetables.


The Bridgeport Rescue Mission does so much great work in our community. On any given night, over 1,000 people are homeless on the streets of Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford, and there are more than 200 homeless people in Bridgeport’s downtown area. Unfortunately 38 percent of children in Bridgeport live below the poverty line and 16 percent of all families in Bridgeport live below the poverty line. The Mission helps by providing 40,000 nights of shelter and 600,000 meals each year.

The Bigelow Team volunteers in the pictures abpve are Bigelow Tea’s Maintenance Manager, Ed Hill and Production Manager, Roldao Carvalho. Both Roldao and Ed walked away feeling positive about their contributions and anxious to go back and have another opportunity to help others. Being able to participate and perform community service is just another great reason that employees appreciate being part of the Bigelow Tea family.

-Jim Gildea, Fairfield, CT Plant Manager

Drinking Bigelow Tea With Friends? Do Share!

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Forget drinking alone! Tea is all about fun and chatter with friends. It’s a time to catch up, laugh, snap a few pics to share with Bigelow Tea on Instagram! All this #ConstantComment requires a posse whether you’re Ozzie and Slash, a band from back in the day called the Beatles, or the one-and-only Liam Payne from One Direction.

We’re sipping our #dailycup right now and wondering:

Image from Green Wedding Shoes via Pinterest

Warm Up With Bigelow Tea During Cold & Flu Season!

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Has a box of tissues become your bestie lately? You’re not alone: it’s Cold and Flu Season. From the common cold to the dreaded flu, Bigelow Tea can help provide some relief.

Drinking fluids—particularly hot tea—is a tried and true home remedy for soothing sore throats and opening those clogged nasal passages. Plus, holding that steaming mug just feels good, doesn’t it? Sipping black teagreen tea or herbal with a little lemon or a touch of honey can be a game changer.

Which variety do you choose for your #dailycup when you’ve got a cold? @_samanthaaaj and @itsmichaelroy favor Green Tea with Pomegranate, while @la_Cobina relies on Cozy Chamomile Herbal Tea. Just thinking of these teas might make you feel better. (Not really. Get out of bed and turn on the kettle. Sorry.)

The whole Bigelow family hopes you feel better soon. Spring is just around the corner!

Image via Instagram by @captureitluck

Trending In Your Kitchen: Bigelow Tea’s Warm Winter Meals

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Are you so over this bone chillin’ winter? The weather app’s forecast is cold, cold and (yep) more cold. So warm up with these homemade meals made with Bigelow Tea and wholesome ingredients like leeks and lentils. They’ll remind you of cozy Sunday dinners with the family.

If you like to cook—like @Curly_Sue22, who cooks at college with her beloved slow cooker, affectionately nicknamed Elsa— you’ll really want to give these recipes a try. They are hearty, easy and perfect for any kitchen (even a dorm kitchen, Curly_Sue22)!

So get the family or friends together and share the warmth. #JustAddBigelow! #BigelowFamily

Pork, Fennel and Leek Casserole


1 cup (250mL) chicken stock
1 cup (250mL) water
Bigelow Constant Comment® Tea Bags
¾ cup (180mL) boiling water
¾ cup (180mL) apple juice
1 tablespoon (15mL) butter
1 small fennel bulb
3 leeks, cleaned, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 pound (500g) pork tenderloin, cut into medallions
¼ cup (60mL) flour
1 tablespoon (15mL) olive oil
1 – 10 ounces (280g) package of frozen peas
12 mini potatoes, unpeeled and cut into chunks
2 tablespoons (30mL) cornstarch
½ cup (125mL) mint leaves, chopped

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Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Make Constant Comment  tea with ¾ cup (180mL) boiling water, discard the tea bags, squeezing to extract as much liquid as possible. Add chicken stock and set aside.

Melt butter in large skillet and add fennel and leeks and saute gently for 4-5 minutes or until soft, don’t brown. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Add pork to large plastic bag; add flour, season with salt and pepper, and toss until pork is well coated.

Add olive oil to large skillet and brown the pork in batches over medium heat. Remove pork and add apple juice, increase heat and stir up the brown bits from the bottom. Add the tea mixture and boil, add pork, fennel, leeks and potatoes.

Cover and place in oven. Cook for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and add peas, mix cornstarch with a little cold water to make a paste and add slowly to hot liquid. Return to oven and continue cooking until sauce thickens.

Season with salt and pepper if needed and garnish with chopped mint leaves.

Moroccan Lentil Stew with Cinnamon


4 cups hot water
Bigelow® Cinnamon Stick® Tea Bags
½ lb. dried brown lentils, rinsed well
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 lbs chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 – 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes in sauce
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
½ cup dry roasted almonds, roughly chopped
3 tablespoon Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped

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Combine four cups hot water and four Cinnamon Stick® tea bags and allow to steep for approximately 5-7 minutes. Add tea and lentils to a large stew pot. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for approximately 20 minutes, or until lentils are tender.

Remove to a large bowl and set aside. In the same pot, add olive oil and saute onions and garlic until softened. Add cut-up chicken and cook until cooked through and no longer pink inside (about 10 minutes). Add diced tomatoes and cooked lentils to the pan and heat through. Season with salt and pepper.

Add chopped almonds and parsley and serve.

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Bigelow Tea Appreciates ‘Top Chef’ Padma Lakshmi And Her Love Of Green Tea

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On Bravo’s “Top Chef,” host Padma Lakshmi orders up culinary challenges for the show’s contestants and keeps order at the judge’s table while deciding who gets chopped. Yet at Bigelow Tea, we would dish out nothing but compliments to this chef and host. In a recent interview, the Indian-born model, actress and businesswoman admitted to sipping green tea “all day long.”

Padma is quite food savvy. She has published two cookbooks, hosted “Padma’s Passport,” as part of Food Network’s “Melting Pot” program, and appeared on the documentary series “Planet Food.” She also has created her own jewelry line as well as an assortment of foodie finds like fine teas and teapots.

Perhaps Padma’s proudest accomplishment has been co-founding the Endometriosis Foundation of America. Having battled endometriosis for many years, she presently sits on the foundation’s executive board of directors.

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With her love of green tea, Bigelow Tea thinks Padma might enjoy sipping on many of our Bigelow green teas. Perhaps she could start with our Green Tea with Mango or our Green Tea Chai. And imagine the fun she’d have making one of our tea-infused recipes in her kitchen! That would be a “Top Chef” moment, for sure!

Top image from Padma Lakshmi’s Facebook page

Get A Little Valentine’s Love From Bigelow Tea

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It’s Valentine’s Day and your one true love is just a kettle and a few minutes away. Yes, your stash of Bigelow Tea is there for you, hiding in the cupboard, waiting to be loved. So rip open the foil, pour the hot water, breathe in that aroma and savor the moment! Wow, that sounds so delicious … there should totally be a Romantic Comedy about tea, don’t you think?

The only thing better than sipping Biglelow Tea on Valentine’s Day is sharing it with someone special … and yes, Mom counts! You could choose “I Love Lemon” for it’s lovey-dovey name or one of Bigelow Tea’s fabulous seasonal brews like “Sweetheart Cinammon” or “White Chocolate Obsession.”

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You’ll want to grab these teas and give ‘em a big hug. And while kissing the boxes of tea isn’t necessarily discouragedSandy Dennis was probably right on the mark when she posted about James Allen McCune’s photo below (one of the stars of the TV show Shameless) “I don’t want to kiss the box, I want to make the tea and drink it!” Amen, sister.

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Happy Valentine’s Day, tea lovers. May you feel warm and loved.

Top Image by from Instagram via @psychobunnylady

Snow Day Buzz With Bigelow Tea

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Hey, it’s snowing and everyone wants to talk, tweet and text about it! Yep, whenever Bigelow Tea posts something about the snowy weather on Facebook, the response is great as everyone shares details with us! Lots of tea talk and chitchat about wearing cozies and snuggling by a fire—with tea of course. Here are some share-worthy weather-related comments from some of our worst storms of the season!

Tina Adams reported on January 28th that “In Knoxville Tennessee it is 19° with a wind chill of 9° and snow. Sitting on my couch (place of employment closed due to weather) having a cup of Bigelow Vanilla Caramel tea.” Good plan, Tina.

Later that day, Shelly James noted that “It was-14 when I got up today…Earl Grey and I are in a very hot steamy relationship!” Well, well, well.

Earlier in the month, Terry Duncan shared that he “Just finished a cup of Cinnamon Stick Tea & looking out the window watching the snow come down.” Beautiful image, Terry!

And back in early January Peg Ripley posted: “My Vanilla Caramel and I are cuddled up right now!!” Niice!

So whether it’s warm or cold where you are, don’t be shy! Post your weather-centric tea thoughts anytime!

(image from Instagram via @tarametblog)

Wedding Dreams At Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation!

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So you’re engaged to the guy or gal of your dreams (congrats!), and now it’s time to plan your dream wedding! February is National Wedding Month—a reminder that it’s not too soon to begin preparing for that spring, summer or fall celebration. Deep breath! Did you know that Bigelow Tea has a fantastic venue? It’s the Charleston Tea Plantation, tucked away on Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina’s Lowcountry!

How romantic to exchange vows under the branches of “The Wedding Tree,” the plantation’s largest live oak. Or you could have the ceremony out in the open surrounded by acres of lush tea plants. Picture your wedding party making a grand entrance shaded by a canopy of oaks that form a charming archway. And for the reception, get the party started at the covered pavilion, which has overhead lighting and ceiling fans to keep things cool on warm summer days. Dress the tables and decor up or down to suit your style! As for your guests, treat them to a trolley tour of the grounds, home to the largest working tea garden in the United States.

Need a bit more inspiration? Grab a mug of Island Green Tea (grown on-site!) to set the mood and check out Bigelow Tea’s Wedding board on Pinterest, where you’ll find more gorgeous wedding photos. And be sure to follow @charlestontea on Instagram to see pics like this one of Mr. & Mrs. Bigelow (which @stardusthippie declared “Charming!”) and of the tea garden’s stunning natural beauty … truly a magical place where wedding dreams are made. Clearly, as a family-run company, Bigelow Tea is more than excited to help you start your new family! Cheers!

You Know You Want To Go Green With Bigelow Tea!

btmonHey, did you know that February 10th–16th is National Go Green Week? Go Green Week is an annual week of action to promote awareness of carbon emissions and climate change. All across the country hundreds of schools, colleges and universities participate with a week of pro-green happenings. Why is Bigelow Tea interested in Go Green Week? Because the company breathes green 52 weeks a year! In fact, there are progressive “stainabili-TEA programs” ingrained in the culture of the family-owned company.

Bigelow Tea follows a simple but powerful idea: “do the right thing and good things will follow.” It walks the walk on all things green at both its manufacturing facilities and corporate headquarters. The Bigelow Tea Green Team has helped it achieve the designation of a “Zero Waste to Landfill” company!

Even Bigelow’s tea bags and strings are 100% compostable. Bigelow Tea fan @Tammy Litke pinned that the tea bags are: “Baby steps to a more Sustainable Lifestyle by learning from Bigelow Teas SustainabiliTea Program!” Well said, Tammy!

Yep, everyone who’s anyone is going for the green. Even the totally cool Constant Comment is available in green!

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