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Celebrate Presidents’ Day With a Cup of Bigelow Tea!

It’s Presidents’ Day, and Bigelow Tea wants to take a moment to recognize the leaders of our country! Officially, President’s Day is still called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government.  However, this national holiday is now viewed as a way to honor and celebrate all United States presidents both past and present on the third Monday of February.

A perfect Presidents’ Day activity this year might be to brew up a cup of tea and watch Lincoln, the Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winning movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis. It would be a great way to honor of one of the nation’s most respected presidents. Bigelow Tea sure likes “Honest Abe,” and it has been said that his nickname came from a tea-related experience! As the story goes, Lincoln mistakenly gave a customer ¼ of a pound of tea when the person had ordered ½ pound. So, very early the next morning, Lincoln walked a long way to deliver the correct amount of tea. Clearly, even President Lincoln appreciated the importance of tea!

Interestingly, with Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis hailing from London, England, we think he probably enjoys a cup of tea on a regular basis too!

Beginning with the tea trade in the colonies, continuing with the Boston Tea Party and the U.S.’s many tea loving Presidents, tea has been an important part of American life, both past and present.

So celebrate today’s holiday with one of America’s favorite traditions by brewing a cup or two of your favorite Bigelow Tea in honor of all of America’s presidents.

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Cindi Bigelow Travels To Sri Lanka Journal: Winding Down

Back to the Hilton hotel (where we had stayed when we first arrived in Colombo) for another quick stay. We said our goodbyes to Ishanka. My only regret is that I didn’t know his language so we could have communicated more. I had so many questions I wanted to ask him and really wasn’t able to.  I think he knew how much we appreciated what he had done for us and how we enjoyed our time together. Maybe someone will translate this and read it to him. Thank you Ishanka for taking such good care of us.

At the hotel we were met by our new friend, Anuradha; he was what is called a journey ambassador.  He had greeted us the first night and had taken amazing care of us from that first meeting forward.

We told him we had only 10 minutes to get ready for our next meeting and he quickly shepherded us to our own rooms. It really was like greeting an old friend when we saw him!  “Hello” I shouted when we saw his face (in my rather loud American voice). He just smiled and let us know he was happy to see us.

Up to the room and down in no time, ready for our second-to-last  meeting of the trip. This was another longtime partner that we had never met face to face. Idris Shabbir of Adam Expo was there in the lobby with a huge warm smile. The only problem was that at this point I was starting to run on empty. It was after 3 and we needed to be back here at 6 p.m. for one last meeting. Idris was bright, eager and well prepared with a comprehensive agenda. In the car we went, heading to his tea blending facility. Unfortunately the Colombo traffic, which was starting to cause me to have a slight version of PTS, was extremely heavy. What should have taken only 15 minutes took over 45. My brain was racing. How could we see two plants, hold a business meeting, drink teas and be back in two hours when drive time was one hour each way?

Needless to say Idris had to substantially shorten his agenda. I knew he was disappointed but there was nothing we could do;  we were flying out that night and I desperately needed a few hours’ sleep.

Bigelow Tea VP John McCraw and I got a lot out of the meeting and a lot of good follow-up points, but I couldn’t help but feel bad that we had so shortchanged Idris. Over time he will see that it was not the case. Our understanding of what we saw would benefit him over the long run, but that wasn’t going to make me feel better at the moment. (Sorry Idris … please forgive me.)

But as tough as it was to accomplish we were back at the Hilton by 6 p.m. There we were once again greeted by our friend, Anuradha. And once again we had to tell him we had another meeting in 10 minutes!  He just laughed. I am sure he thought “those crazy Americans,” and if he did he would have been right.

Up to the room I went to try and freshen up a little when the phone rang. It was our dear partner, Niraj. He was unable to meet us at 6. It was a disappointment that we wouldn’t say goodbye in person. This man had taught me more about tea than I had ever imagined, spending countless hours imparting his knowledge of tea and of this beautiful country. I will cherish my time with him forever, and I pray our paths will cross again so I could let him know what he has done for me, my family and the business.

But I took a sigh of relief. It meant that we would have a little more time to relax before departing the hotel at midnight for a 3 a.m. flight out to Dubai. Now it was time to rest and process. Now it was time to reflect. Now it was time to be alone.

Cindi Bigelow


The Time To Enter Bigelow Tea’s “I Love Tea” Sweepstakes … Is Now!

Don’t forget to enter Bigelow Tea’s February sweepstakes to win the fantastic I Love Tea Tin or our Valentine Gift Duet! The deadline to enter is approaching fast … midnight EST, February 19!  Don’t miss out!  Our tin is filled with a variety of 120 individually wrapped Bigelow Tea black and flavored black teas that fourteen (14) lucky winners will receive and our Valentine Gift Duet is our White Chocolate Obsession Tea, which blends the heavenly taste of rich, decadent chocolate and robust black tea and Sweetheart Cinnamon Herb Tea, a tantalizing cinnamon and sweet apple herb tea.

But in order to possibly enjoy all of the delicious teas, you have to enter to win! Remember, taking a chance is easy! Just “like” our Bigelow Tea Facebook page, click on the Sweepstakes icon under our cover photo and follow the instructions. That’s it!

Look for an announcement of the winners on our Constant Comments blog. Don’t miss out on your chance of winning and enter now! Best of luck to all of our tea loving friends!


Bigelow Tea Takes Valentine’s Day To Heart

Today is Valentine’s Day, and Bigelow Tea has discovered some fun facts about this holiday. So, while sipping a cup of your favorite Bigelow Tea, read up on our neat findings for this special day!

*The origin of Valentine’s Day appears to come from both pagan and Christian traditions. In ancient Roman times, an annual celebration called Lupercalia was held in February and featured fertility ceremonies. Around 496 A.D., Pope Gelasius I declared February 14 to be St. Valentine’s Day.

*The story behind the real Saint Valentine remains unclear. One popular opinion is that he was a priest who performed weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. He was put in prison and sentenced to death.

*In Japan, for Valentine’s Day, women give chocolates to men. Men reciprocate on “White Day,” or March 14.

*Valentine greetings, first in words and song, go as far back as the Middle Ages. The oldest known Valentine, still in existence, dates back to 1415. After being captured in battle, Charles, the Duke of Orleans, penned one to his wife from the Tower of London.

*In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in the U.S. Last year, Americans purchased 150 million Valentine’s Day cards, according to the Greeting Card Association! And Valentine’s Day is the second-largest holiday for giving greeting cards, behind Christmas.

*During Valentine’s Day 2009, according to The Nielsen Company, consumers bought more than 58 million pounds of chocolate candy. It rang up $345 million in sales!

At Bigelow Tea, we like to celebrate Valentine’s Day with our seasonal teas. Our White Chocolate Obsession Tea blends the decadence of white chocolate with robust black tea, and Sweetheart Cinnamon Herb Tea provides warmth with its sweet cinnamon taste. Do you “heart “one or the other, or want to try them both? Consider our Valentine Tea Twin Pack, which makes for a lovely pairing year-round.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all our fellow tea lovers!

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Bigelow Tea Makes It Easy To Warm Up Après Ski!

After last season’s record low snowfall left skiers and snowboarders feeling cheated, “snow country” is bouncing back this season with lots of the white stuff at many resorts. Epic! The weather, of course, is notoriously unpredictable from week to week, but one thing skiers can always depend on is the warming effect from a nice cup of hot Bigelow Tea. What could be better après ski?

Winter sports lovers working up a sweat under their layers will also benefit from the hydration tea delivers along with its wonderful flavor and aroma. Die-hard skiers and snowboarders know that it’s easy to forget to replenish fluids while squeezing in as many runs as possible. So stop for a cup of tea a few times a day.

Bigelow Tea has convenience covered, too. Our individually foil-wrapped tea bags make it easy to stash your favorite flavors in a pocket before hitting the slopes.

As for which teas to take in your pocket, we’re all for toting your personal favorites. Still, there are several flavor varieties we daydream about while riding the chairlift. Cinnamon Stick, Spiced Chai and “Constant Comment®” all chase away the chill with a generous hit of spices. And the delicate flavor of Green Tea is extremely refreshing. Maybe try Green Tea with Wild Blueberry and Acai or Green Tea with Mint! And if you prefer Herb Tea, wait ‘til you taste Cranberry Hibiscus Herb Tea packed with natural fruit flavors!

You can’t go wrong, no matter which teas you choose. So grab a bunch, and enjoy the snow while it lasts! Here’s hoping for more fresh powder and plenty of tea when it’s time to hit the lodge!

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Bigelow Tea Digs Out From The Blizzard Of 2013

The Blizzard of 2013 will long be remembered for dumping historic amounts of snow in the Northeast. Here in Fairfield, Connecticut, we were pounded with snow all day Friday and into the morning hours on Saturday. At times, we were hit with 4 inches of snow per hour! When the snow cleared, Bigelow Tea was dealing with about 36 inches of snow in our parking lots, on our roofs and in the roads.

As Saturday led into Sunday and then early Monday morning, our snow plow removal vendor (R & M Custom Contractor) was hard at work clearing our roofs and our parking lots. As Monday morning rolled around, most major highways were clear and safe, but many streets remained unplowed. In true team fashion, Bigelow Tea employees carpooled and we were able to get enough people safely into the building. After a slow start, we were soon running machines and getting back to the business of making and supplying tea bags to all of our loyal customers!

Jim Gildea

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Bigelow Tea Pays Tribute to Black History Month

At Bigelow Tea, we are proud to recognize the legacy behind Black History Month and the countless men and women who have made major contributions to U.S. history—and continue to do so.

The origin of Black History Month is an interesting story. In 1926, it began as a weeklong public observance that was initiated by Carter G. Woodson, an educator and historian who helped to found an organization now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. This history week was held on the second week of February to coincide with birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

What we now know as Black History Month took shape by the late 1960s, with the rise of the Civil Rights Movement and as public awareness about this subject grew nationwide. In 1976, Gerald Ford made the first official presidential proclamation for Black History Month. Since then, every U.S. president including Barack Obama has kept this tradition going.

Each year, Black History Month has a theme. 2013 will acknowledge two significant milestones in African American history. The first one is the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Issued by Lincoln, this act paved the way to adding the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery. The second marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King gave his famous speech, “I Have a Dream.”

Throughout February, we raise our teacups to recognize Black History Month. Join us by filling yours with “Constant Comment®,” our very first tea which started our company’s history. Or enjoy any one of our other blends, which are just as notable.

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Bigelow Tea Applauds A Fashionable Tea Lover During Our “DIY Month”

You know that here at Bigelow Tea we admire and embrace the entrepreneurial spirit. After all, Ruth Campbell Bigelow‘s ground breaking work in her home kitchen founded our company over 68 years ago! Today we all enjoy the benefits of her astute innovation when we put on the kettle. The legacy of R.C. Bigelow is one reason that Bigelow Tea is declaring February “Do It Yourself Month,” our own DIY effort to recognize those who put the pedal to the kettle and get things done!

And look—a perfect example came to us from Bigelow Tea lover and February Fan of the Month Kelly Pascarella, involving the venerable tea bag and high fashion. This ambitious do-it-yourselfer created a stunning dress made with Bigelow tea bags!

Kelly makes both a fashionable and sustainability statement with her pretty dress that is, yes, made mostly of Bigelow tea bags! She explains: “My tea bag dress consists of muslin (to hold the tea bags together) coffee filters for the top of the dress, and Bigelow tea bags (dyed in various colors) for the skirt. [Many of the] tea bags came from other tea drinkers in my draping class.” Kudos to Kelly (and thanks to her model, Haylee Herman-Haase) who clearly shares our adoration of the hard-working tea bag!

As we’ve written for years, the amazing tea bag has many uses once you’ve finished enjoying your cup. Tea lovers put them to work in projects from composting to eye beauty and many other uses around the house.  These smart and sustainable ideas make us proud. So we raise our cup to Kelly and her innovative tea bag dress, and to all of you DIY entrepreneurs out there. Happy “DIY Month!”

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Bigelow Tea Wishes You A Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy New Year … Chinese New Year, that is! We at Bigelow Tea love all sorts of holidays and festivals, but with the origins of tea drinking being traced back to the early days of China, we can’t help but revel in this new year’s celebration welcoming the year of the Snake!

Centuries ago, ancient Chinese New Year festivities celebrated the end of a lengthy winter season and the beginning of spring; they commemorated the earth coming back to life and the beginning of the growing cycle. The new year was also a time of feasting and a chance to honor household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors. In other words, it was—and is—an opportunity to renew family ties, and Bigelow Tea is all about family!

The Chinese New Year begins with celebrations of tea. Tea is offered to the senior members of the family by the younger generations. If you’d like to take part in that tradition, consider trying our Chinese Oolong tea. The smooth taste and smoky aroma is one you’ll surely enjoy sharing with family members—whether they’re your “elders” or not!

So, get out your red lanterns, steep a pot of Oolong tea and join with your family in honoring the traditions of the Chinese New Year. We hope it brings you good health, much peace, many, many blessings.

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For Valentine’s Day, Bigelow Tea Has Gifts Galore!

In case you have forgotten, Bigelow Tea wants to give you a gentle reminder … It’s almost Valentine’s Day! St. Valentine’s Day is a day of exchanging gifts and messages of love with those you care about most, whether it’s a husband, a wife, a neighbor or friend. It’s the ideal day to say you care—and we’ve got some heart-warming Valentine’s Day tea gifts to share your love of tea with those who love tea most!

Our first gift idea is something every tea drinker should have: an adorable Tea Wallet! This Cherries And Blossoms Tea Wallet With Decaf Teas is one of our favorite items! Whoever receives this practical and pretty present can take his or her favorite tea everywhere! The 6-pocket tea wallet, hand-sewn and crafted in the U.S.A., folds to a compact 3-1/4″ x 5″ and snaps closed. Best of all, it comes with an assortment of 18 individually foil wrapped tea bags. We totally love this!

For tea drinking at home, we have a wonderful, whimsical tea tin filled with all your favorite varieties of black tea! Our Fall in Love with Bigelow Tea Tin is filled with a variety of 120 tea bags! With so many flavors to choose from, even the most whole heart-ed tea fan may find a new beloved flavor. Best of all, every time your loved one opens a new Bigelow tea flavor, he or she will think of you.

It warms our hearts just to think about the joy to be spread this Valentine’s Day. Be sure to check out our other gift selections too. You may just find something to remind yourself how special you are!

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