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Bigelow Tea Takes A Look At The Craft Of Reading Tea Leaves

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As a third-generation, family-run business for 70 years, Bigelow Tea knows that history, tradition and even folklore can be a part of your daily cup. Tea leaf reading is one tradition that intrigues tea lovers around the world … so brew your favorite cup and join us for a little lesson on reading tea leaves!

For centuries, humans have embraced various practices of fortune telling, seeking a look at what the future holds. Some people believe that the tea leaves in your cup of tea are telling you something. Tasseography or tasseomancy is the practice of reading tea leaves to draw insights into a person’s life and events.

In the Victorian era in particular, the acceptance and practice of tasseography grew quickly. Fueled by a widespread interest in the occult, as well as the work of Sigmund Freud, Victorians were quite fascinated by the idea of self-analysis. Tea-leaf readings and fortunetelling became so popular, that many households owned specially-designed tea sets painted with symbols to facilitate readings. Victorian ladies would host tea-centric gatherings that included not only drinking tea, but also painting teacups and fortunetelling with tea.

Today, telling the future with tea is still practiced. Some people enjoy organizing parties featuring a modern-day tasseomancer, ready to give guests a reading.  Of course, as with any practice relating to fortune telling, tasseography may not be everyone’s cup of tea. While some people take their tea-leaf readings to heart and others simply enjoy it as entertainment, there is one thing on which everyone can agree on: the pure enjoyment of sipping a good cup of Bigelow Tea!


Bigelow Tea Reminisces About Tea Innovations Through The Ages

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From field to cup, tea takes a remarkable journey—one that has changed in fascinating ways with innovations in the tools used to prepare it for consumption. Nature provides the precious tea leaves, but human ingenuity and imagination make brewed tea possible. Bigelow Tea is proud to be celebrating 70 years as part of this great tea tradition!

Legend has it that a Chinese emperor discovered how to infuse tea more than 4,000 years ago when the wind blew leaves into the water he was boiling. As NPR notes in this excellent historical overview, people all over the world have been thinking up new ways to make and enjoy tea ever since. Tea was once pressed into cakes that were broken into pieces (then roasted and boiled), powdered and whipped, sipped from bowls, and incorporated into ancient Chinese rituals requiring up to 25 objects for the tea service. Invention of the tea bag was a happy accident in America in the 1900s when a merchant began selling tea leaves wrapped in silk pouches. Rather than remove the tea leaves as intended, customers put the bags right in their teapots instead. Genius!

Fast-forward to today. As a third-generation, family-owned tea company, Bigelow Tea embraces tradition while also striving to stay at the forefront of tea innovation. Hence the Bigelow team has worked to develop the signature foil pouches that protect the freshness and flavor of every Bigelow tea bag.

Bigelow Tea introduced another novel tea bag with the Novus line of premium full-leaf teas from the world’s finest tea estates. Each Novus tea is enveloped in a pyramid-shaped sachet that allows the delicate leaves to unfurl completely when steeped for a cup of tea that offers perfection in every sip! No wonder it’s a favorite of many Bigelow Tea fans—like @z_inita, who tweeted her love for Novus Citrus Chamomile Herb Tea.

Which Bigelow Tea variety do you prefer in your modern-day mug?


Bigelow Tea Green Tea Pairs Well With Favorite Foods

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Of course, everyone knows that tea is a “drink with jam and bread,” … but what else goes well with a nice cup of Bigelow Tea? The first rule of pairing tea with food is that there are no rules—only suggestions. Bigelow Tea has created a page devoted to this topic, so check it out and explore some of the options. Today we’re focusing on Classic Green Tea, so here are some thoughts on what to nibble with your cuppa!bigelow tea green tea box

Bigelow’s classic green tea is grown at high elevation to extract the best flavor. This traditional green tea is smooth and mellow on the palate, with clean notes of green melon and grass. This delicate, fresh-tasting brew pairs perfectly with lighter dishes such as rice, chicken, fish and other seafood.

If you want to sip at lunch, try it with Smoked Chicken Salad Sandwiches. For dinner it pairs beautifully with Lemon Ginger Shrimp and a side of Jasmine Rice with Fruits. And if you’re into dessert, Green Tea perfectly compliments milk chocolate. Yum!

What’s your favorite thing to eat while you sip Bigelow Green Tea?


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!

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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!

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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Bigelow Tea is Excited That More Millennials Are Drinking Tea

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It’s teatime for young adults in the United States, and Bigelow Tea is thrilled to be at the table. A recent survey by YouGov indicated that American millennials—adults between the ages of 18 and 29—are more tea-friendly than older demographics, with an even split between those who opt for coffee or tea. According to the data, 42 percent of Americans under age 30 prefer to drink tea. Furthermore, 27 percent of millennials drink tea exclusively.

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Millennials are living in a stimulating time for tea, and they are taking full advantage of it. From classic blends like “Constant Comment®” and Earl Grey to unique options such as Green Tea with Wild Blueberry and Acai, millennials—and all tea-drinkers!—have more choices than ever when they want to brew a cuppa. Whether you’re a fan of new flavors or prefer the tried and true, there’s a Bigelow Tea Blend for you.

For three generations, Bigelow Tea has been a staple in the kitchens of many families, so it’s encouraging to see more young people adopting tea as their beverage of choice. @crandie goes for a cup of Chamomile with Mango, a perfect mix of soothing and sweet. How will you enjoy your Bigelow Tea today?

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Bigelow Tea Highlights Tea Traditions In Hispanic Countries

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Bigelow Tea appreciates that while traditions and preferences may vary among regions and cultures, tea is the most popular beverage around the world. This month, Bigelow Tea is taking the opportunity to celebrate Hispanic heritage and to recognize the history, culture, and contributions of American citizens with roots in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Here are a few Hispanic tea tidbits!

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*Chile is a major tea-drinking country, influenced heavily by British settlers. At teatime, called onces  (like the British elevenses)Chileans enjoy traditional black teas, like Earl Grey along with light snacks.

*In Argentina (the world’s ninth largest producer of tea), you’ll find Welsh and British tea culture alive and well—particularly in Argentina’s southernmost region, Patagonia. There, traditional tea is served in the late afternoon with scones, finger sandwiches, and tarts.

*The Dominican Republic and Mexico share a love for Hibiscus tea, Jamaica in Spanish (ha-MY-cah). In Mexico, Agua de Jamaica is enjoyed cold and sweet. The Bigelow family loves Hibiscus, too. In fact, Hibiscus is used to give depth and dimension to many Bigelow Tea herbal teas like Cinnamon Apple Herbal Tea and of course Cranberry Hibiscus Herbal Tea.

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*Two herbal teas frequently brewed in Mexico, Brazil, and Cuba for their refreshing and relaxing qualities are varieties of mint and chamomile, sometimes individually and sometimes as a blend. @LesterLevi confessed to the Twitterverse that he loves our Chamomile Mint Herbal Tea with a little fat free milk, “#yoconfieso que amo el te de manzanilla y menta de #bigelow, eso si con #lechita #descremada.”

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*Finally, did you know Bigelow Tea offers bilingual packaging so that Spanish-speaking tea lovers can get to know some of its most popular teas, like Dulce Sueño and Té Verde con Mango?

Join Bigelow Tea in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Send a tweet and share your favorite Bigelow Tea! ¿Cual es tu té favorito?

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A Labor Day Summer Send-Off With Iced Bigelow Tea

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If summer were a tall glass of iced Bigelow Tea, Labor Day weekend would be the last few cherished sips towards the bottom of the glass. Yes, it’s still refreshing and wonderful, but it’s almost gone … and of course you cannot wait for the next one!

Labor Day is a yearly tribute to the contributions American workers have made towards the strength, prosperity and well-being of this country, and the Bigelow family knows that the hard work of the company’s employees, who prepare over 130 flavors right here in the U.S.A., is a vital part of the success of Bigelow Tea. All workers at Bigelow and beyond deserve recognition today!

Labor Day has become one of the best-loved days of the summer, the finale of a three-day weekend when friends and family get together to make memories. Some people flock to the beach and others take camping trips in the woods … but Labor Day get-togethers almost always involve picnics or cookouts, yard games, and iced tea!

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Fresh-brewed Bigelow Tea over ice is a traditional Labor Day beverage. There are so many varieties and flavors that taste great iced, but if you want to make life even easier, try one of Bigelow Tea’s five ready-to-drink Bottled Iced TeasSweet Orchard Peach has the classic summer flavor of fresh-picked peaches, and Simply Unsweetened has zero calories and the rich taste of organic black tea. A Labor Day classic in the making! Check them all out and extend that summer feeling!

When a good thing—be it summer or your favorite glass of iced Bigelow Tea— comes to an end, it’s important to savor those final moments and look forward to what’s coming next (which in our case is a cup of hot tea instead!). Happy Labor Day!