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Let Bigelow Tea Know: Where Is Your Favorite Place To Sip Tea During The Year?

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Spring, summer, fall, and winter… the Bigelow Tea family knows each season provides a special reason for pouring that perfect cup or glass of tea. Of course, it could be argued that any time of the year is great for sipping on your favorite Bigelow Tea type. Yet, if a choice must be made, let’s consider these four scenarios: would it involve cooling off with a glass of iced tea on a warm summer day or perhaps savoring green tea indoors on a rainy spring day? Sitting by the fire with a mug of hot black tea on a cold winter’s night sounds appealing like Instagrammer @mrsjensclark’s steaming cup of Bigelow’s French Vanilla. So does brewing a seasonal flavor while watching the autumn leaves come down off their trees!

Each season certainly offers the opportunity to sip your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor. Let Bigelow Tea know when and where you’re mostly likely to be found enjoying a cup by completing the survey below:

Bigelow Tea Is Gushing Over Charleston Tea Plantation’s First Flush

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Nothing excites Bigelow Tea more than seeing new growth, especially at the Charleston Tea Plantation! Every spring, their Camellia Sinensis plants reawaken from a winter slumber with a fresh batch of tea leaves known collectively as the First Flush. What makes this First Flush special is that these pristine leaves become the basis for First Flush Tea, a limited edition and unique tea traditionally reserved only for Royalty. And make note, this tea sells out quickly because it’s only around once every season.

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Of course, there’s always time to visit the Charleston Tea Plantation. Based on Wadmalaw Island, in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Bigelow Tea fans can learn how various tea blends like American Classic Tea are produced here by going on free daily factory tours where Bigelow’s manufacturing process from crop to cup is explained and you learn about the differences in the production of greenblack and Oolong teas among other tea points of interest. Plus while you’re here, you can explore the grounds of America’s largest tea garden by buying a ticket and hopping on a trolley tour. Keep your phone out to snap some scenic pics like this great shot that Merydie Ross posted on her Instagram. And don’t forget to purchase some tea before heading home so you can have a little bit of Charleston in your cupboard.  Enjoy and happy spring!

Bigelow Tea Shares Report: Three Cups Of Black Tea Per Day May Lower Blood Pressure

If you love tea and drink it morning, noon and night, then you might just be on the road to reduced blood pressure! Bigelow Tea is happy to spread the findings of a new study that suggests that the regular consumption of black tea may be linked to lowered blood pressure readings. We figure there’s no better time to share this news than just following American Heart Month which was in February!

Researchers with The University of Western Australia followed 95 Australian patients between the ages of 35 and 75, for six months. Participants were divided into two groups: The experimental group drank three cups of black tea each day while the control group drank a placebo with the same flavor and caffeine content. At the end of the study, those drinking black tea had lower 24-hour systolic (the top number in a blood pressure reading) and diastolic (the bottom number) readings.

According to researchers, antioxidants and other substances found in tea leaves may protect the heart and blood vessels. Previous studies have linked the regular consumption of tea with decreasing the risk of heart attacks and reducing the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) in women. “There is already mounting evidence that tea is good for your heart health, but this is an important discovery because it demonstrates a link between tea and a major risk factor for heart disease,” said Jonathan Hodgson PhD of UWA’s School of Medicine and Pharmacology, who conducted the study.

Of course more research is required to better understand all the benefits of black tea and its effects on blood pressure, and cardiovascular processes. But in the meantime, we can all enjoy our black tea all day long! With so many black tea varieties to choose from, three cups of tea a day sounds perfectly delightful to us!

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Just the TEA facts, please!

As the most widely consumed beverage in the world other than water, tea can still be a mystery to some people.

Tea is steeped in many traditions and legends and the history of tea is quite fascinating – but the Western World may still be playing catch up with the east on many things tea. For instance, it wasn’t until 1905 that the tea plant received its official Latin name, Camellia sinensis. Many western scientists at the time were not aware that Black, Green, Oolong and White tea production all came from this single tea plant.

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One of the biggest misconceptions about tea is the caffeine levelwhich is less than half that of coffee. Add to that all the heath benefits in tea, plus the fact that tea contains no sodium, fat, carbonation, sugar and is virtually calorie-free, and you don’t have to be able to read the tea leaves to see all the advantages of enjoying your tea.

Here are some more interesting tea facts for you, while you wait for the pot to boil:

  • On any given day, about half of the American population drinks tea. On a regional basis, the South and Northeast have the greatest concentration of tea drinkers.
  • The tea plant Camellia sinensis can grow over 30 feet in height, but most tea plantations keep the plant trimmed to about waist-height so the leaves can be plucked easily at harvest time.
  • It was actually Dutch traders who were the first to bring tea to the West in the early 1600s, and it quickly became an important staple of trade for many countries.
  • And yes, it is true that the only tea plantation in North America is Bigelow’s Charleston Tea Plantation, located on Wadmalaw Island, just south of Charleston, South Carolina!

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Charleston Tea Plantation

Bigelow Tea and Van Houtte Form Coffee/Tea Alliance

Retail grocers have reason to celebrate! Bigelow Tea — the number one specialty tea manufacturer in the United States — has joined forces with Van Houtte, the number one gourmet coffee brand in Canada, to develop the U.S. K-Cup market in a big way.

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The partnership began about 8 years ago when Van Houtte provided sales and distribution to help Bigelow Tea penetrate the Québec Food Service market. Following that success, Bigelow and Van Houtte formed an alliance to produce Bigelow Tea K-Cups. In the past four years, Bigelow’s K-Cup business has grown over 45% per year.

Now, Bigelow Tea and Van Houtte are launching a national K-Cup campaign in the currently under-developed U.S. Retail Grocery channel. K-Cups fit the increasingly popular Keurig brewing systems, for an at home café experience.

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“The K-Cup business is one of the fastest growing segments in the United States,” says Cindi Bigelow, President of the family owned Bigelow Tea company. “It makes sense for Bigelow, the tea category leader, to expand on the opportunities of this popular brewing system. Now American tea drinkers who like instant-brew convenience don’t have to settle for anything less than Bigelow flavor.”

The Bigelow K-Cups include these consumer favorites:

  • English Breakfast
  • Green Tea
  • Earl Grey
  • Cozy Chamomile®
  • Mint Medley®
  • Green Tea with Pomegranate

Smile! Tea is Better for Those Pearly Whites

Perhaps the least surprising thing you’ll hear all day is that soda and acidic fruit juice aren’t exactly good for your teeth. More specifically, the two damage the enamel on your teeth in a way that will eventually result in long-term damage, requiring the intervention of a dentist to address the issue.

However, as this blog is notorious for revealing, tea comes to the rescue yet again. A study done in November 2008 showed that while acidic drinks erode teeth quickly, tea does about as much damage as tap water. The article “claims that more regular intake of acidic drinks can therefore lead to increasing need for treatment, particularly in older consumers, who may face increased expenses as a result.”

Researchers used orange juice, soda, green tea and black tea in the tests. Their findings revealed that “soda was found to have resulted in greater cusp tip height reduction” and “the fruit-based drink proved to have led to higher levels of cervical enamel loss.” When the results from the tea test came back, they found that tea eroded enamel less than half as much as either soda or orange juice.

So, next time think twice about what you’ll be pouring into a glass. Take a look in the mirror, smile, and grab the tea. Not to mention that if you grab either green or black tea you’ll be treating yourself to an amazing amount of health benefits as well.  Seems like a no-brainer.

Find time for TEA to slash stroke risk

More good news for tea lovers everywhere — new research from UCLA indicates that drinking three or more cups of green or black tea a day may reduce the risk of stroke by an astounding 21%. And the more tea you drink, the greater the cuts in stroke risk according to data analysis, involving 4,378 strokes among 194,965 individuals. The lead author of this new study, Lenore Arab, tells us that “What we saw was that there was a consistency of effect of appreciable magnitude…by drinking three cups of tea a day, the risk of a stroke was reduced by 21%. It didn’t matter if it was green or black tea.”

Arab and her co-workers pooled data from nine studies — all of which reported stroke occurrence and tea consumption in humans. Compared to people who drank less than a cup of tea a day, those participants drinking three cups a day were associated with that 21% reduction in the risk of stroke. The researchers also report an association with an additional three cups reducing stroke risk even further. The study and findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s annual International Stroke Conference in San Diego, California and published in the journal Stroke.

All of Bigelow Tea is rich in polyphenols, which are a type of antioxidant. Whether green or black, tea has about eight to 10 times the Polyphenols found in fruits and vegetables. A new parallel study to the UCLA report was published in the journal Nutrition in February 2009 by US scientists, and it reports that the daily supplements of green tea extracts could reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressures, as well as total cholesterol levels; the control of which are major dynamics in the ongoing management of stroke prevention.

February is American Heart Month

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Between your sweetheart and your own heart, February was a busy month. The American Heart Association wants you to keep your heart healthy and so do we! According to a study by the Boston University School of Medicine, “A new study finds a strong link between drinking black tea and arterial health in people who have heart disease.” We’ve even mentioned before that black tea has been shown to reverse abnormal functioning of blood vessels.

Need even more proof that you should be drinking tea? According to studies, hibiscus tea is also associated with some cardiovascular benefits. “Data supports the idea that drinking hibiscus tea…may play a role in controlling blood pressure.” Check here for a full list of our teas that contain hibiscus.

As the leading cause of death in both men and women, cardiovascular disease will cost an estimated $475.3 billion in 2009! These terrifying statistics are what make it so important to take care of your body from the inside out. We’ve talked a lot about heart-healthy lifestyles and the important role tea can play. The list of health benefits associated with drinking tea continues to grow without any known side effects that come along with most medications.

If you want to take a more active role in keeping your ticker ticking (and really, who wouldn’t?) check out the American Heart Association’s Heart Profilers service! Now, think with your heart and go pour yourself a cup of black or hibiscus tea! Or even better, share some with a loved one. Your heart will thank you!

Tea and Yogurt, Together at Last

With food combinations flying all over the place, it was only a matter of time before tea and yogurt began holding hands. With developers constantly searching for ways to improve the healthy attributes already present in yogurt, tea will prove to be an excellent choice as a tasty and inherently healthy coupling.

There were, however, some hurdles to vault in the development of the new yogurt with added tea. The creators needed to know that the tea wouldn’t have a negative impact on the cultures that make the yogurt healthy already. Luckily, they found that, “[r]esults indicated that the presence of the tea did not affect the characteristic microorganisms of the yogurt during refrigerated storage for six weeks at four degrees Celsius […] Moreover, no effect on lactic acid levels was observed after addition of the teas.” The developers are anticipating using both green and black tea.

As we have discussed at length here, green tea and black tea have numerous health benefits connected with them, which will only serve to make these savoury combinations that much more beneficial to you.

So, now that your mouth is watering thinking about this wonderful concoction, allow me to amp it up a notch. Feel free to check out the Green Tea Fruit Medley Smoothie with Yogurt recipe to really please that palate of yours.

Glad to be Back thanks to Bigelow Tea!

Okay I think for the first time I might be over “tead”….is that a word? I picked up a lovely virus last week and trying to cure it myself starting drinking 6 to 8 cups of tea a day. You name it, I was drinking it (of course of Bigelow Tea only)…herbal, green, black, sometimes two bags in one cup, combos you can’t even dream of. Did it make feel me better? Sure…it still took me several days before I was finally myself but 50 cups in 6 days is even too much for me.

I am delighted to now be back and following my normal ritual of just 3 cups a day! One thing I can say, I drank flavors of ours I had forgotten even existed! Wow, glad to be back!

Cindi Bigelow
President