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Cindi Bigelow Reflects on Corporate Responsibility and the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge in Huffington Post

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For Bigelow Tea CEO Cindi Bigelow, being a corporate leader goes far beyond her office door. In a new article on the Huffington Post, Cindi shares her views on what she calls “corporate responsibility” and how thinking about this responsibility to the community led Bigelow Tea to start the annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge.

More than 25 years ago, the teenage son of a long-time, dedicated Bigelow Tea employee passed away. “I knew as a company we had to do something that would honor his son’s memory,” Cindi says in the article. After considering many options, the company decided to start a road race, the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge. Fifty people ran in the first race, and $3,000 was raised to create a scholarship in David’s name.

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Over the years, this event has evolved to attract thousands of runners and to aid many notable nonprofits in Connecticut. On Sunday, September 29th, Bigelow Tea will hold its 26th race in Southport, Connecticut. Funds from this year’s event will go to 17 charities that help the homeless, hungry and those at-risk in our community. There will be three athletic events taking place: a 5K Road Race, a 2-mile Fitness Walk and Kids’ Fun Race.

We encourage you to join Bigelow Tea and register for your spot in the race. We all have a community responsibility to help others … and this is a wonderful, meaningful way to do so.


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Bigelow Tea Is Buzzing Over National Honey Month

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Since the beginning of time, honey has been used to sweeten what we eat and drink. And, of course, Bigelow Tea has always known that this nectar goes beautifully with tea. During September’s National Honey Month, we’re getting the buzz out about how to find quality honey, locally.

There are a number of places where we can buy this naturally sweet stuff. First, farmers markets are a great source as farmers and beekeepers offer samples and can answer questions. Natural food stores are another option. Or consider joining Community Support Agriculture (also known as a CSA), which is a network of farmers that sell their crops directly to you.

Honey in general is a golden color, yet not all types are alike. The color and flavor can depend on where the honeybees get their nectar. Honey can have a lighter hue and a mild taste or be darker with a stronger flavor. In fact, according to the National Honey Board, there are more than 300 types of honey available in the United States, from flower sources ranging from alfalfa to tupelo!

At Bigelow Tea, we are quite enamored with honey, so much that we’ve created honey-themed gifts. They include our Honey Spoon Gift Set, with spoons that dissolve right in your cup, and our Tea and Honey Basket (pictured below) which pairs our vanilla teas with a honey pot, honey spoons and a jar of honey. They truly are “the bee’s knees.”

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Join The Bigelow Tea Community Challenge on September 29th

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Are you up for a fun and rewarding challenge? Bigelow Tea hopes so, and is encouraging runners and walkers of all levels to sign up for our 26th annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, which will take place soon: Sunday, September 29th in Southport, Connecticut. While you’re tying up your laces, here’s a bit more about our charitable event.

The Bigelow Tea Community Challenge encourages families and friends to enjoy a wonderful day of outdoor exercise and community spirit! Runners can sign up for the 5K Road Race with a route passing by Southport Harbor and through a beautiful historic region. Prefer to go at your own pace? Register for a 2-mile, non-competitive Fitness Walk. Children can also join in the day’s activities with our Kids’ Fun Run, featuring a 100-yard scamper, a 1/2-mile jog and a mile-long run.

Moreover, no matter what shape you’re in, there’s a tea-rrific reason for getting involved in our challenge: Proceeds from this event will go to nonprofit organizations in Fairfield County that directly serve those in need. They include The Center for Women and FamiliesConnecticut Food Bank, and Operation Hope of Fairfield. Together we will make strides in supporting their missions.

Both the 5K Road Race and 2-mile Fitness Walk will start at 10 a.m. from the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club. The Kids’ Fun Run steps off at 9 a.m. at Wakeman’s Athletic Field. Complimentary food and beverages and T-shirts will be given out. Participants will also be eligible to win great prizes including free Bigelow Teas.

To register for the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, please visit this link. See you there!


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It’s Family Time At Bigelow Tea

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This week is all about family, and at Bigelow Tea we know the importance of family ties! As a family-run company we are thrilled to celebrate Family Day along with Family Health & Fitness Week.

For everyone from children to grandparents, time spent together with loved ones is something to be cherished. Family Day began back in 2001 as a way to encourage parental engagement, as studies have shown that “everyday activities like having family dinner together, helping your children with their homework or attending their after school activities have a lasting effect on your kids.” Having dinner together is one way to make Family Day special. Bigelow Tea has a whole list of wonderful recipes that can be made as a family and served up to create a wholesome meal. May we suggest our nutritious Orange Beef & Broccoli made with Orange & Spice herbal tea?

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And since this time of year also happens to be “back to school” time, why not try to carve out a few free moments to get the whole family up and away from books and computers and engaging in a bit of family exercise? Family Health and Fitness Day is on Saturday, and its goal is to promote family involvement in physical activity. So grab those sneakers and take a walk, throw a ball or dance in the living room. However your family enjoys “getting moving,” its all good! And don’t forget to sip some Bigelow Tea—Orange & Spice over ice perhaps?—after your activity to refresh, rehydrate and reflect on a day well spent.

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Apples Aplenty: Bigelow Tea Bites into First Day of Fall

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Here’s to Autumn! As the first day of the season brings in foliage, cooler weather and harvests, we at Bigelow Tea enjoy biting into another fall favorite: apples. Plus with school now in session, apples have long been touted for teachers. In fact, we’ve learned that this exchange dates back to when children of farmers would give this fruit to schoolhouse teachers as a token of appreciation. Apples also make a healthy snack, and a wonderful flavor to include in our Apple Cider Herbal Tea.


Brew a cup today, on this first day of fall, or further polish off this flavor by enjoying these three delicious recipes!

Caramel Apple Crunch Muffins

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Bigelow Vanilla Caramel Tea Bags
1 cup boiling water
1¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ cup sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup grated tart apple
½ cup melted butter
1 egg (beaten)
½ cup apple sauce or apple butter
Light or dark brown sugar


Recipe submitted by Heather Kennedy
Bigelow Recipe Contest 2011

Preheat oven to 375˚F.  Grease muffin tin or line with paper cups.

Place 6 Bigelow Vanilla Caramel Tea Bags in a heat proof measuring cup.  Add freshly boiled water to the 1 cup line.  Place a lid or plate on top of the cup to hold in the heat while the tea steeps for 3 minutes.  Remove lid and tea bags – resist urge to squeeze the bags!  Set aside the tea concentrate to cool.

Combine in large bowl flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.  Peel and grate 1 large firm tart apple to make one cup of grated apple.  Add to flour mixture and stir to break up clusters of apple.  Set aside.

Combine melted butter, egg, tea concentrate and apple sauce OR apple butter.  Make a well in the dry ingredients and add wet ingredients.  Stir just until everything is moistened but don’t over mix.  Fill muffin cups ¾ full.  Sprinkle each muffin before baking with a pinch of light or dark brown sugar for the “crunch”.

Bake for 20-22 minutes.  Remove to rack and allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from pan.

Roast Loin of Pork with Spiced Apple Cider Apples

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3 1/2 cups (975mL) boiling water, divided
1 box Bigelow Apple Cider Herb Tea Bags
2 1/2 lb. (1kg) pork loin roast
1 clove garlic, sliced
1/4 cup (50 mL) olive oil
2 bay leaves
Salt and pepper

Apple Garnish:
4 large firm cooking apples, peeled and cut into slices
(example: Fuji, Granny Smith, Cortland)
1 cup (250mL) reserved (from above) Bigelow Apple
Cider tea
2 tablespoons (30mL) brown sugar

Yield: Serves 8 – Prep Time: 25 minutes – Cooking Time: 60 minutes


Boil water and add 20 Bigelow Apple Cider Herb tea bags. Let steep for 5-8 minutes. Remove bags by squeezing well and discard. Make slits in the roast and insert garlic slices.  Combine 2 1/2 cups (625mL) Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea with olive oil, bay leaves and salt and pepper in a large plastic bag, add pork roast and marinate for 8 hours or overnight in refrigerator.

Refrigerate 1 cup (250mL) reserved Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea for Apple Garnish.

When ready to roast pork, preheat over to 350ºF (180ºC). Remove meat from marinade, place meat in roasting pan and put into oven and roast for approximately 60 minutes or until meat is no longer pink inside and thermometer reads 160ºF (71ºC).  Meanwhile, prepare apple garnish by combining reserved 1 cup (250mL) Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea and brown sugar, place in large skillet, add apple slices and cook on medium heat until liquid has reduced and apple is tender and flavored with tea.  Serve slices of pork with apple garnish.

Spicy Apple Chai

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1 cup (250mL) boiling water
Bigelow® Spiced Chai Tea Bags
½ cup (125mL) apple cider
1 teaspoon (5mL) sugar
2 tablespoons (30mL) whipping cream, optional
1 cinnamon stick

Yield: Serves 2 – Prep Time: 8 minutes Cook Time: N/A


Pour boiling water over Bigelow® Spiced Chai tea bags. Let steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeezing out excess tea.
Add apple cider and tea; heat in microwave or in small saucepan.
When heated, add sugar and top with whipping cream, if desired. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

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Bigelow Tea Encourages Awareness Of Prostate Cancer Awareness Week!

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The well-known adage that knowledge is power is no truer than when it comes to your health.That’s why Bigelow Tea  puts stock into active lifestyles and paying attention to health awareness initiatives like Prostate Cancer Awareness Week, which is September 18th through the 24th. Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer, second only to non-melanoma skin cancer.  Some risk factors for the disease include increasing age, African ancestry, and a family history of prostate cancer.

The purpose of Prostate Cancer Awareness Week is to heighten awareness of this deadly disease and encourage men to seek early detection. The second leading cause of cancer-related death of men in the USA, prostate cancer is more than a serious physical reality; it affects an individual and his family with great emotional and spiritual challenges as well.


Being informed is imperative. So, to all the fathers, husbands, brothers and friends out there, we suggest that you put on the kettle and enjoy a cup of tea—maybe one of Bigelow Tea’s Green Teas?—while you look over your own issues of health. There is a lot of information out there on early detection, evaluation, treatment, and possible side effects of prostate cancer. The sooner you know about the signs and possible treatments, the more able you will be able to protect yourself.

Your own doctor is an excellent source of information of course, but remember to ask questions! That’s another old adage that Bigelow Tea believes in deeply: there is no such thing as a dumb question, especially when it comes to your health!

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Bigelow Tea Indulges On White Chocolate Day

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At Bigelow Tea we never miss out on an indulgence. National White Chocolate Day, on Sunday September 22, won’t be any different. In fact, this is one of our favorite days of the year! With the kids back at school, it’s the perfect day to pamper yourself with this dreamy white decadent dessert all through the day!


You might first want to make yourself some White Chocolate Obsession Tea in the morning … because who wouldn’t want to give their routine a rev with white chocolate tea?! Then, whip up some White Chocolate Pound Cake as a treat for when the kids get home. And finally, just for adults, we’re sharing our White Chocolate Obsession Mar-tea-ni. Yep, we are now in white chocolate tea heaven!

White Chocolate Pound Cake

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1 cup butter
4 eggs
2½ cups self-rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup Bigelow White Chocolate Obsession Tea, brewed and cooled


Recipe submitted by Lori Peardon
Bigelow Recipe Contest 2011

Grease and flour 9x5x3 inch baking pan.  Combine butter, eggs, sugar and brewed tea.  Add flour and mix thoroughly.

Turn batter into pan and bake for one hour at 325˚F.  Cool 15 minutes before turning cake onto a wire rack.

Bigelow® White Chocolate Obsession Mar-TEA-ni



Bigelow® White Chocolate Obsession Tea Bags
1 ¼ cups boling water
1 tablespoon sugar
4 ounces vanilla vodka

Yield: Serves 4


Chocolate lovers and martini drinkers unite! This special cocktail is flavored with White Chocolate Obsession, one of Bigelow’s newest tea creations. Vanilla vodka gives it extra punch.

Place tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1 ¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags.

Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. Chill.

To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled sweet tea, one ounce of the vanilla vodka and mix it in a shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.


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Hispanic Heritage Month: Bigelow Tea Celebrates Hispanic Authors

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Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Because Bigelow Tea also happens to be celebrating “back to school” right now, we thought we’d introduce you to a few of our favorite Hispanic libros! We think you will find them muy interesantes. These books, by the way, go great with a warm cup of our Apple Cider Herb Tea.


The Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes takes place during the Mexican Revolution. It tells the tale of writer Ambrose Bierce, the American writer, soldier, and journalist who is close to Pancho Villa and goes missing. It’s a great novel for those who love history and suspense. You’ll drink cup after cup of tea with this book!

If you enjoy trilogies, you’ll find Isabel Allende’s House of the SpiritsDaughter of Fortune, andPortrait in Sepia to be page-turners. These books tell a story of immigration, politics, love and power. This Chilean author will draw you into the story, and Bigelow Tea has the perfect tea pairing. It’s Bigelow’s Chinese Oolong … you’ll have to read the books to find out why.

Looking for a Mexican love story to go with Bigelow’s Chocolate Chai tea? Laura Esquivel’s novel Like Water for Chocolate is just what you’re seeking. If you don’t have time to read the book, be sure to watch the film.

¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana!

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Bigelow Tea Shares Beau-TEA-Ful Hair Tips!

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Ladies, we know your hair is your crowning glory! That’s why Bigelow Tea is happy to share a report that tea just might help make every day a great hair day! According to Fitness magazine, rinsing your tresses with tea can bring out the natural shine, tame brassiness and make hair more manageable. Let’s put the kettle on and brew up this beauty treatment!

As one expert tells Fitness, “Tea lowers the pH of hair, closing the cuticle for extra shine, softness, and manageability.” So grab your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor to sip while checking out our catalog of tips for using tea to cleanse the skin, soothe sunburn, calm puffy eyes and condition the hair!

When it comes to hair, Fitness suggests the following regimen: Steep two tea bags in two cups of boiling water for 10 minutes and let cool.  Work the mixture through just-washed hair and let sit for 10 minutes, then wash again and condition as usual. Try this process once a week or whenever you feel your hair could use a boost of shine.

And here’s another suggestion for conditioning your hair with Green Tea and lemon juice. Just take a glass of green tea and add lemon juice to it. After shampooing your hair, rinse it with the mixture to get soft and silky locks. Note: don’t rinse the hair again with water. Just leave it for combing.

With a little tea in your hair-care routine, perhaps your hairstylist will be asking you for advice at your next appointment!

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Bigelow Tea Observes Patriot Day And National Day Of Service

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Today, in honor of Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, American flags are flown at half-staff to commemorate those who perished on 9/11. It is also customary to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. (EST), the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Here at Bigelow Tea, we are gratified to see how Patriot Day has evolved since 2001 to include a “day of service” component encouraging all Americans to reflect on the selfless acts of heroism witnessed on 9/11 and to give back to their own communities.

Like many Americans, we find great inspiration in this hopeful message. Community service has always been a mainstay of the Bigelow Tea mission, and each year we are delighted to find new ways to expand these efforts. From our sustainabili-TEA programs to the annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge road race for local charities, the Bigelow Tea extended family is passionate about making a difference! We started one of these very special projects – Tea for the Troops – in 2009 to thank members of the United States Armed Forces for their dedication. Using only 100% American grown tea from our Charleston Tea Plantation, we package it in commemorative red, white and blue boxes to bring a little bit of “home” to those who put their lives on the line to serve and protect.

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Now that school is back in session, many young children will be learning about the meaning behind Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance … and how they, too, can make a difference. Just imagine what they can do!

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