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Bigelow Tea Pumpkin Spice: An Autumn Treat For Your Taste Buds

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As summer gives way to autumn, at Bigelow Tea, that signals the start of Pumpkin Spice tea season! What’s not to love about this time of year? Fall brings out the beautiful foliage, wreaths, pumpkins on doorsteps and, of course, the quintessential flavors and spices of the season.

bigelow tea pumpkin psice boxBigelow Pumpkin Spice tea is a naturally flavorful blend of black tea, real pumpkin (!), cinnamon, ginger, licorice root, and cloves. The warmth of the cinnamon combines with a refreshing zing of ginger and licorice, while cloves add aromatic depth. The real pumpkin rounds out this tea’s rich flavor — like a slice of pumpkin pie in your cup!

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This hearty tea is so good you’ll wish you could eat it—and we say, “Why not?” The Bigelow family loves to “spice” up holiday party menus with fall-licious recipes like Pumpkin Pie Tea Bread(pictured above), Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake, and Creamy Custard Rice Pudding. Try these and our other Pumpkin Spice Tea recipes for your holiday celebrations this season.

Twitter tea fan @MadisonLee28 said she “found love in Aisle 4” when she found Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea. Once you try it, we know you’ll fall in love with it, too!

Bigelow Tea’s Use of Solar Energy Is Looking Bright

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While Bigelow Tea has been using solar energy since August 2007, the family-owned company is excited to share the news that other companies and homeowners across the U.S. haven taken the plunge as well and are now investing in renewable energy. Solar energy usage in 2014 increased by 30 percent as reported by Solar Energy Industries Association/GTM Research.  And according to a Scientific American article on the same report, the jump represents nearly $18 billion in new investments.

At Bigelow’s Fairfield facility, 880 solar panels generate about 15 percent of its power usage, mainly with lighting and operations. Yet their savings are far greater. They produce 200,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy, which is enough to power 527 homes a year, and reduce pollution levels that are equivalent to car emissions from 200,000 highway miles. To date, Bigelow has produced approximately 1,500,000 kWhs!

The investment that Bigelow has made in supporting renewable energy and reducing emissions is just one part of the company’s overall sustainability efforts. Recently Cindi Bigelow and the Bigelow Tea Green Team received the Fairfield Business Designation Platinum Award for their leadership in demonstrating sustainable practices This highest-level award recognizes Bigelow Tea for having completed twenty-six sustainable practices within the categories of Education, Water, Indoor Environment, Transportation, and Energy. Bigelow’s green efforts exceeded the minimum number of requirements of twenty by six!

Bigelow Tea feels passionate about taking an active step toward greening Connecticut and helping protect Planet Earth.

Bigelow Tea Highlights Tea Sommeliers 

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Move over wine sommeliers, there’s a new breed of beverage experts serving up great advice for pairing food and drink! Bigelow Tea is delighted to hear that tea sommeliers are emerging on the restaurant scene to share their passion for tea and help diners choose teas and foods that are matches made in culinary heaven.

As tea sommelier Aurelie Bessiere explained to NPR, “The whole idea of pairing tea with food is that you should have a tea that’s going to enhance the flavor of the food, or vice versa.” Tea sommeliers study the origins and nuances of teas, including their distinct aromas, to understand how food and tea pairings heighten different flavors. Atera and Eleven Madison Park in New York City are among the fine restaurants that include tea sommeliers as part of an overall effort to make tea integral to the dining experience. Bigelow Tea certainly hopes tea-centric dining becomes a trend!bigelow tea green tea

Of course, you don’t need a sommelier to experiment with tea pairing on your own at home. In need of inspiration? Check out the Bigelow Tea pairings page, and while you’re at it, learn why pairing Cozy Chamomile tea with Bigelow Tea’s recipe for I Love Lemon Quick Bread is an extra-special treat!

Thanks @gullyjuice187 for sharing your breakfast combo: oatmeal, raisins and Green Tea—and proving that the best food and tea pairings are the ones you prefer!

Image by Sebastiaan ter Burg via Flickr

Bigelow Tea Puts The Spotlight On The Classic And Delightful Oolong Tea!

bigelow tea oolong cupToday Bigelow Tea shines the spotlight on the delightful Oolong tea, a smooth and versatile tea from the mountains of Anxi County in the Fujian Province of China. Its copper color and rich, inviting aroma makes it an ideal tea to drink any time of day. In the early 19th century, the Queen of England gave this unique tea the name, “Oriental Beauty.”bigelow tea oolong classic

While all real “tea” comes from the Camellia sinensis plant,the distinguishing factor that determines whether a tea plant will become green, black or oolong tea is oxidation.Oxidation (or exposure to air) begins after the leaf has been plucked from the plant. The production of oolong requires that the leaves be processed directly after picking and they are oxidized for about half the time of black tea. This helps create the delicate oolong style, not too light and not too dark. Still want to know more? Check out this video, where third generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow explains that oolong tea is “semi-fermented,” meaning it is exposed to air for about three hours.

That’s why each cup provides a delicate, consistently mellow experience that goes well with any meal. @ConteWonte tweeted that Bigelow Tea’s Oolong with a little honey and sugar is “super mellow, but a nice uplifting tea as the sun sets.” That’s right, it can be enjoyed any time of day. So, drink up and maybe even check out the setting sun.


Foods That Play Well With Bigelow Tea’s Chamomile Varieties

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Tea for two is definitely sweeter when there’s a little treat involved. Bigelow Tea knows that certain teas complement particular foods, and today’s  tea pairing focus is on Cozy Chamomile and other (non-sweet) chamomile varieties, like Chamomile MintChamomile MangoChamomile Vanilla and Sweet Dreams.bigelow tea cozy chamomile

What to pair with the delicate flower of the chamomile? Bigelow Tea’s chamomile varieties are herbal teas, so are naturally free of caffeine, making them ideal for evening or late afternoon. With a honey-colored hue and a sweet, floral bouquet with subtle lemon nuance, these teas pair particularly well with baked goods and sweets.

Maybe a cup of Cozy Chamomile and an I Love Lemon Quick Bread at 4 p.m.? Or a mug of Sweet Dreams and Ginger Oatmeal Muffin after dinner? Sounds delightful!

What do you pair with your favorite Bigelow chamomile tea?

Bigelow Tea Sponsors The Pink Pledge For Breast Cancer Awareness

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It’s time to think pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This year in Fairfield, CT, hometown of Bigelow Tea and Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma Pfriem Breast Center, the annual October campaign has special significance as the center celebrates its 15th anniversary. The Pfriem center has joined with the Town of Fairfield to mark this significant milestone with the Pink Pledge, a month-long, community-wide effort to raise funds for the center’s programs while promoting breast cancer awareness and early detection.

As a Pink Pledge sponsor, Bigelow Tea is thrilled to help “turn the town pink” for the month of October!

Bigelow Tea and the Eunice & David Bigelow Foundation are proud, longtime supporters of the Norma Pfriem Breast Center, which provides medical excellence, compassionate care and lifesaving programs to ALL women, regardless of their ability to pay.

Pink Pledge kickoff festivities will take place on Thursday, Oct. 1st, rain or shine, at Fairfield’s Sherman Green Gazebo in the heart of the downtown area. A Stroll for Strength (just under a mile) starts at 5:30 p.m. at the center’s offices at 111 Beach Rd. and will be led by a pink Fairfield Police cruiser as walkers make their way to the gazebo for a 6 p.m. ceremony. Cancer survivors are invited to add their Signatures of Strength to the car that evening and throughout the month. Fairfield businesses have pledged to support the Pfriem center during October and will offer special promotions and events.

“Bigelow Tea is pleased to support the Pink Pledge in honor of the awesome services the Norma Pfriem Breast Center provides to women and families in our community, ” said the Bigelow family.

Ever since Ruth Campbell Bigelow started the company that bears her name 70 years ago (yes, Bigelow Tea celebrates an anniversary this year, too!), community involvement and good corporate citizenship have been essential elements of the Bigelow Tea mission. Ruth, who had breast cancer herself, would indeed be honored to know that Bigelow is taking part in the Pink Pledge to benefit the Pfriem center.

For more information or to register for the Stroll for Strength, please contact Christina Casimiro at or 203-255-5300.


Explore Bigelow Tea’s USDA-Certified Organic Varieties

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From Organic Green Tea with Pomegranate and Acai to the new line of Home Blend Bottled Iced TeaBigelow Tea brims with plenty of choices for those who prefer organic teas. In fact, you will find 20 Bigelow Tea varieties that are certified as USDA organic—truly something for every tea taste!

bigelow tea usda organicLet’s first take a moment to address the terms “organic” and “USDA Organic,” which can be confusing.  Organic farming, the practice of growing and processing food without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, dates to the 1940s in the United States and grew to include many different rules and certifying agencies. In an effort to bring uniformity to the system, Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 requiring the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish standards for organically grown agricultural products. The USDA administers the National Organic Program. Among the guiding principles of the program are preservation of natural resources and biodiversity, and support for animal health and welfare. The standards also prohibit the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

So today’s consumers can be assured that products labeled with the distinctive green and white USDA Organic seal meet stringent U.S. organic certification bigelow tea green tea certified organicrequirements. Look for the stamp on each box or bottle of Bigelow organic tea! If you haven’t explored these wonderful organic varieties yet, here’s your chance! Love black tea? Novus Organic South Indian Select Tea is an exotic blend to try. And in the green tea category, you’ll find favorites like Organic Green Tea and Novus Organic Jasmine Green Tea. Herbal tea lovers aren’t left out with such delicious blends as Organic Chamomile Citrus Caffeine Free and Organic Moroccan Mint Herbal Tea.

Do you have a favorite organic Bigelow tea? Get in on the conversation, like @_gl3ry_ , an organic green tea fan, did on Instagram! Happy tea drinking!

Bigelow Tea Wants To Know: What Completes Your Perfect Cup?

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Bigelow Tea knows nothing compares to the perfect cup of tea …. and sometimes, perfection means adding just a pinch of something else to bring out the flavorful goodness of a Bigelow Tea blend. For 70 years, the Bigelow family has been brewing tea, and now has more than 120 flavors too tasty to pass up! So, this month, Bigelow Tea wants to know: What completes your perfect cup?

*Do you add honey?

*Maybe a little sugar?

*How about milk?

*Is lemon the perfect accompaniment?

*Or do you prefer to keep your tea plain and simply delicious with nothing added?

So share your habits and let the world know whether you like to keep your cuppa pure and simple, or add a touch of something else!

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Welcoming Autumn With Bigelow Tea’s Fall Flavors


Autumn officially begins today, and at Bigelow Tea that means it’s time to start thinking about fall flavors. Apples, pumpkins, caramel … these are some of the tastes and aromas that evoke that quintessential feeling of autumn. Bigelow Tea has several teas that are bursting with these flavors, so turn on the kettle and get ready to sip some fall in a cup!

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Pumpkin Spice is a hearty spiced tea, the ideal blend to sip on a chilly morning or crisp afternoon. Pumpkin flakes, cinnamon, ginger and cloves give it its well-rounded flavor … and even though it has the taste and aroma of fall, it’s so good that it’s truly a blend for all seasons.

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Apple Cider is one of Bigelow Tea’s most delightful herbal teas. As @Bombshellexi simply put it on Twitter: “yummmmmmmmm.” It’s all natural, caffeine free, and made with apple, hibiscus and cinnamon. The seasonal flavors are perfect for celebrating the fall equinox today … or any occasion, really!

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If you like sweet and salty, sip Bigelow Tea’s Salted Caramel. This hand-picked black tea has that melty caramel essence with a hint of salt. A fall treat, especially with a splash of milk and a little sweetener.

And if you want to celebrate the fall with our Harvest Tea Triple Pack, who are we to stop you?

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So, today, as we mark the transition from summer to fall, let Bigelow Tea and these seasonal blends remind you what makes fall so truly special!


Bigelow Tea Marvels At Queen Elizabeth II’s 46,000 Cups Of Tea!

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Bigelow Tea was impressed when, on September 9thQueen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in British history! Having sat on the throne for sixty-three years and 7 months, the 89-year old Queen has brought regality and tradition to a new level. One of the traditions she has continued for her entire reign? Having tea every day!

According to sources, Queen Elizabeth II begins her day with a cup of tea and also enjoys a cup of afternoon tea, typically with her beloved corgis. If the Queen does in fact have two cups of tea every day, she would have had roughly 46,000 cups of tea over the course of her reign … and she’s still going strong!

The word in the palace is that the Queen prefers Darjeeling and Earl Grey, not surprising choices for a woman of distinction. Darjeeling black tea has often been called the “champagne of teas,” and is rich, fragrant and sophisticated—a tea befitting royalty. Earl Grey is an aromatic and traditional favorite, one that seems perfectly suited for a queen (we love to note that Bigelow Tea’s Earl Grey is particularly special, because the real oil of bergamot used in the tea comes from a family citrus farm in Calabria, Italy!

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Bigelow Tea is curious to know if you could possibly calculate how many cups of tea you’ve consumed in your adult life. Can you match the 46,000 cups of Queen Elizabeth II?

Congratulations to Queen on this historical achievement. May her tea-drinking days continue for years to come!

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