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Living the Chai Life

India consumes more tea than any other country in the world, and is also the world’s largest tea producer. Chai (literally “tea” in many languages) is a major component of India’s rich tea culture, deep-rooted in everyday life. Most people in India drink several cups of chai a day, enjoying it in public places such as trains and streets. It is a family tradition in India to welcome your guests with cups of Chai, and every family has their own recipe and preparation method.

Chai plays a leading role in the current hit movie Slumdog Millionaire, being featured often in this affecting story of main character Jamal. Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner at the Golden Globes in January. As a participant on India’s version of “Who wants to be a Millionaire”, Jamal is often called “chai wallah”, which translates literally to “tea person”. In India, chai wallahs prepare tea over an open fire in small stands and stalls, typically serving chai in small clay teacups which they bisque fire over an open flame. These cups are thrown on to the ground and shattered when emptied — returned to the earth as a natural recycling program! For a demonstration of Chai being made in India, click here.

By most accounts, chai first hit the American market in the early 1960s in natural foods markets and cutting edge cafés, and its popularity continues. Bigelow Tea offers Chai for every palette: Spiced Chai, Vanilla Chai, Green Tea Chai and Decaf Spiced Chai. Go here to check it out. And for more stories of the Chai experience from India and throughout the world, the book The Spice of India is a great source. Here’s to “living the Chai Life”!

Uma Thurman Will Really Need Her Favorite Tea Now

Uma Thurman to re-marry! According to People, Thurman’s Rep, Stephen Huvane confirmed that Uma and boyfriend, Arpad “Arki” Busson have announced their engagement but have not yet set a date. Can’t you picture her spending an afternoon sipping her favorite white tea while poring over bridal magazines or drinking Chai to calm her nerves as she plans her guest list?

Would you like to experience the quiet consolation of two very special teas or do you just want to try something a little different? Bigelow offers a perfect blend of spices and black tea in an amazing Chai that will melt away your stress and a truly delicate White Tea with a touch of tangerine to lift your spirits.

Celebrate the 4th With Refreshing Iced Tea

Whether you celebrate Independence Day, the commemoration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, with fireworks, parades, backyard barbecues, carnivals, picnics, baseball games or something else, be sure to quench your thirst this 4th of July weekend with one of our refreshing iced tea recipes – – wherever you celebrate.

Speaking of history and tea, think about this interesting tea tidbit from one of our friends at

“…there is an old joke in my village’s history book. When tea was first brought to Long Island in 1700, the locals didn’t know what to do with it, so they cooked it and ate it like spinach while others spread the leaves on bread like butter.” (quoted from Echoes From the Past, Elisabeth S. Lapham)

And why not?  Yet, perhaps you’d rather stick to iced tea, like the one below, or try some of our other tea recipes.

Peach Chai Iced Tea

1½ cups cold water
3 Bigelow® Perfect Peach® Herbal Tea Bags
3 Bigelow® Spiced Chai Tea Bags
7 cups of cold water

Recipe created by Dorinda of Covington GA, 3rd place winner 2007 Iced Tea Recipe Contest

Place 1½ cups boiling water over tea bags in a 4-cup glass measuring cup. Let steep for 10 minutes. Squeeze and remove tea bags, let the concentrated tea cool.

Pour concentrate into a 3-quart pitcher. Add the cold water and stir. Pour into ice-filled glasses and serve.

For more tea recipes and entertaining ideas, go to

Bigelow Tea Joins KC 101 and the “Beach Patrol”

Bigelow Tea has done it again; they’ve teamed up with Arizona to bring you a sensational new taste treat. If you’ve already tried it and loved it, you will want to come out to help spread the word and, if you haven’t had your sample yet, you are definitely going to want to join Bigelow Chai and the “Beach Patrol” For Summer Fun with KC101!!

There’s Going To Be A Party
Bigelow Tea joins forces with KC 101.3 Radio this summer for “Beach Patrol 2008”, a summer Bigelow Chai weekend sampling tour at the local CT beaches on now and continuing through Labor Day, Monday, September 1st from Noon to 2:00 PM.  Visit the Bigelow Intranet/Connecticut Announcements/Beach Patrol 2008 for the Event Calendar.

The KC101 promotional van will feature the Bigelow Tea Logo and will stop at various beaches from Norwalk to Madison and Old Lyme every weekend through Labor Day, passing out samples of the new Bigelow Chai to help us to build product and brand awareness, hand out coupons and help us to “BUILD THE BIGELOW BUZZ”.

So bring your sunblock and your enthusiasm and come on down to a beach near you to show your support and help