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Bigelow Tea Gets A Kick Out Of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Latest Tea-Drinking Adventure

If you follow soccer, then the name Cristiano Ronaldo sounds awfully familiar. One of the most famous professional soccer players in the world, the Real Madrid C.F. and Portuguese National Team player has set multiple records on the field. Off the field, Cristiano is no stranger to fame and is known as someone who loves to have a good laugh (which Bigelow Tea can certainly appreciate).

As you can imagine, life as a famous athlete is no doubt a hectic one. And Cristiano proved just that when he had a little fun by recording how many times he was interrupted with requests for pictures while drinking tea at a café with a friend. Within a few minutes, Cristiano posed dozens of times with fans while sipping. Whew… what an adventure it is to be such a high-profile celebrity! At least he was a good sport about it—with a cup of chamomile tea in hand, no less!

Take Your Pick Of Bigelow Teas From The Camellia Sinensis Plant

bigelow tea plantWhen it comes to multitasking, it’s tough to top the camellia sinensis plant. This mighty bush is the single source for three types of tea offered by Bigelow Tea: black, green and oolong! How long the newly plucked leaves are fermented (exposed to air) determines the final tea variety. Third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow shares more fun facts about the process in this video.

Regardless of which type of tea you prefer, rest assured that Bigelow Tea takes great care to work with the world’s best growers and suppliers of each one. Here’s a closer look at how your favorite brew makes the delicious transition from crop to cup:

  • Blackgreen and oolong teas all begin with the top two leaves in a bud plucked from a camellia sinensis plant.
  • Leaves destined to be black teas are immediately exposed to air for six to eight hours, dried and then chopped. Bigelow Tea’s black teas are sourced primarily from high-elevation gardens in Sri Lanka and India that adhere to the highest standards for quality and growing practices set by the Ethical Tea Partnership.
  • Green teas are unfermented, which means they are steamed or pan-fried without being exposed to air, then dried and chopped.
  • Oolong teas are partially fermented by being exposed to air for about three hours.
  • Herbal “teas” blend fruits, herbs and spices but do not contain actual tea leaves.

So go ahead – take your pick from Bigelow Tea’s 130+ varieties (check out Twitter fan @tiredapplestar‘s drawer full of choices!) – and enjoy the purity in every sip, along with new-found knowledge about the plant that makes tea possible!

Bigelow Earl Grey Tea Provides a New Age Twist for a Classic Pie Recipe

bigelow tea pie recipeIt’s no secret that Bigelow Tea’s Earl Grey contains real oil of bergamot harvested from trusted long-term suppliers. Since the 1970’s the Bigelow family has partnered with family farmers in Calabria Italy to blend the most flavorful Earl Grey tea where fans like Godess Athena say then can even smell the difference (we agree!).

This aromatic tea blend is not only delicious on its own- it’s also a bold, flavorful ingredient for a dessert. This Bigelow Earl Grey Meringue Pie recipe starts with a flaky, buttery crust and is topped with a creamy, bergamot flavored filling and fluffy meringue. And note, perfecting your meringue takes practice but a few of these tips will give you a head start. For example, always start with a clean, dry bowl and use the largest, finest-wired whisk to whisk the egg whites. You’ll know your baked meringue is done when you can easily lift it away from the Earl Grey filling.

The next time you’re craving something delicious for dessert, whip up this Bigelow Earl Grey Meringue Pie! We guarantee it’s so delicious, you’ll feel like a professional baker and your family and friends will think so too!

Bigelow Earl Grey Meringue Pie

Ingredients

  • Bigelow Earl Grey Tea bags
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugarbigelow tea earl grey
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 egg yolk
  • 1  puff pastry shell
  • 4 egg white
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Instructions

Heat oven to 400.
Place pastry into baking dish of choice and make holes with fork to let air escape. Place some weight on pastry to prevent it from rising and bake till golden brown. Let cool till ready for use.
Heat water and steep tea ten minutes.
Combine 1 cup sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt and stir into tea.  Bring to a boil and whisk in butter.
Stir together egg yolks and temper with hot tea mixture and then return to pot and bring back to a boil then pour into prepared pasty shell.
Whisk egg whites with either lemon juice or cream of tartar. When soft peaks form add sugar and continue whipping till firm peaks form.
Spread over pastry and let it touch edges. Bake at 400 till meringue begins to brown and let cook till meringue is firm and cooked through. If meringue begins to get to dark lower temp to 300 and let cook till meringue sets.
Chill and serve.

On Earth Day, Bigelow Tea Celebrates Success With Waste Reduction

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Did you know that 94% of Bigelow Tea’s solid waste companywide is diverted from ending up in a landfill (yes, a just in time fact for Earth Month!)?  As a result of exceeding Zero Waste Alliances’ guidelines where no more than 10% of waste gets dumped, we have worked hard to attain and maintain a “Zero Waste to Landfill” status!

Curious about how we make this happen? Pour a cup of your favorite Bigelow Tea and read on to find out what the Bigelow family and all employees do across three manufacturing facilities in order to stay in the ‘green.’

Reduce: Throughout its various offices, Bigelow staffers have cut down on excess printing. For example, copies of customer service orders as well as overall paper usage has been reduced by a whopping 65,000 sheets! Within the packing plants, Bigelow has lowered the amount of shrink-wrap and foil wrap used for packaging and shipping the teas.

Recycle: Bigelow’s plants and offices are committed to recycling. Along with separating bins, initiatives have extended to collecting and properly recycling common and uncommon items like computers/electronics, printer cartridges, old sneakers, cooking oil, and videotapes. Plus 85% of Bigelow’s packaging is recyclable or biodegradable.

Composting: Composting is nature’s way of recycling organic materials by breaking them down. Since November 2010, Bigelow has been doing its part by composting approximately two tons annually from sources such as the cafeterias and landscaping. Plus, Bigelow Tea drinkers (and we have many of course) can compost their tea bags. Just remove the staple from the bag first.

Now Bigelow wants to know what you do to reduce excess waste. Like Melanie Kissell’s Facebook post notes, she is using a separate recycling bin and is no longer buying bottled water.  During Earth Month and beyond, how are you reducing waste?

Tea Study: Bigelow Tea Learns That Last Year’s Tea Market Review Shows Industry Growth

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For 70-plus years the Bigelow Tea family has kept their eye on all tea-related news and today is no different!  2015 was a wonderful year for the U.S. tea industry as seen below where we share the findings from a recent ‘State of the U.S. Tea Industry 2015 Market Review  by the U.S. Tea Association:

  • More people are drinking tea! This growth extends to all ages – from Millennials to Baby Boomers – who are filling up their tea cups.
  • Specialty teas are growing in popularity with an 8-10 percent rise in sales last year. And who’s especially savoring these flavors? Millennials! They seek teas with unique flavors as well as blends that ethnically or culturally reflect their family’s origin. Our new line steep by Bigelow in addition to 130 Bigelow tea flavors would definitely appeal to these tea drinkers.  Check out Instagrammer jlep76’s selections.
  • In the global market, the United States is now the third largest tea importer, behind Russia and Pakistan. Plus we’re the only Western country to grow in both importing and consuming our favorite drink!

Happy tea drinking!

Bigelow Tea Wants To Know Which Tea You’re Inspired To Try This Spring!

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Spring into spring this year by trying a new Bigelow Tea flavor! This season, go beyond your go-to and experience something new. Looking for a welcoming, yet mellow flavor with floral notes? Try Cozy Chamomile Herbal Tea. Seeking a tea with an aroma that will transport you to the tropics? Look no further than Green Tea with Mango. A fan of fresh flavors with a hint of tartness? Savor a cup of Cranberry Hibiscus Herbal Tea whenever you need a pick-me-up. Are you wishing for bright flavors that remind you of a summer day all year ‘round? Then Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Teais the perfect choice!

If these flavors are enticing your tastebuds, Bigelow Tea is curious to know which tea you’re most interested in sipping this season. Take the survey below and share your new tea ventures!

Image by Lucy Djevdet via Flickr

Taste Bigelow Tea’s Caramel-Kissed Teas!

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Caramel conjures cravings for something sweet and buttery-rich and just a bit toasty. Who can resist this decadent flavor? With Bigelow Tea‘s three caramel-kissed black teas to choose from, you’ll never have to try!

Sure, a luscious dessert drizzled with caramel sauce is an occasional treat, but Bigelow Salted Caramel TeaCaramel Chai Tea and Vanilla Caramel Tea are delicious alternatives that can be enjoyed anytime – guilt-free. Each blend captures the irresistible taste of caramelized sugar, as well as its distinctive aroma and amber-to-coppery hue. Try them all for National Caramel Month!

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Salted Caramel, the newest addition to Bigelow’s caramel lineup, is a perfect marriage of sweet and salty in an all-natural blend of black tea, chicory root and rose hips. (As Instagrammer @jenursa says, it’s #instagood!) Caramel Chai takes chai to a new level with the addition of molasses crystals and spices, while Vanilla Caramel proves that vanilla and caramel are a heavenly combination. Add a splash of milk and sweetener to any of these yummy teas to make them even more indulgent.

bigelow tea vanilla caramel

And if drinking these rich teas isn’t enough for you, how about bringing out your inner baker and making a delightful snack with a caramel tea twist? For a perfect fall muffin that melts in your mouth, try Caramel Apple Crunch Muffins, created by Bigelow Tea Fan Heather Kennedy. These caramel tea-infused muffins—which won Bigelow Tea’s recipe contest in 2011!—make a great snack or light breakfast. Give them a try!

bigelow tea caramel muffins

 

Enjoy!

 

Bigelow Tea Composts For A Common Good In Boise

 

bigelow tea environmentBigelow Tea believes that making sustainability a priority is the right way to do business. Recyclingconserving energy and composting are a few of the ways the Bigelow Tea family tries to minimize its impact on the environment. At the company’s Boise, Idaho plant, composting is a big deal. Here’s a bit more about composting in Boise.

For starters, Bigelow Tea composted 6,885 pounds last year! In addition, over the past year, the company connected with the organization Create Common Good, and now composts at their community garden. Create Common Good is an organization that provides on the job food-service training programs for people with barriers to employment to achieve self-sufficiency. The average wage for participant before going through the program is $1.13 an hour and increases to $9.57 per hour afterwards. Last year they chopped 36 tons of onions, 437 people were trained, and 91% of participants were placed into jobs in the community after completing the program.

Bigelow Tea is glad to assist Create Common Good in several ways. First, Bigelow Tea’s Boise plant is able to compost over 800lb of tea waste every month to their community garden. (This not only benefits the garden but prevents waste from ending up at the landfill.)  Second, Bigelow Tea is able to provide some food safety and occupational guidance to improve their operations. Third, through volunteer opportunities in the upcoming year, Bigelow Tea will be able to have some hands-on experience working with the participants of the program. Finally, through a monetary donation, the company is able to help support the organization to focus on what they do best.

Said third-generation President and CEO of Bigelow Tea, Cindi Bigelow, “We are grateful to have Create Common Good in the community and look forward to our partnership increasing over the years.”

Bigelow Tea Facebook Fans Love Fall Teas!

Bigelow Tea seasonal teas

Bigelow Tea welcomed the fall with seasonal teas  … and Bigelow Tea Facebook fans were delighted! Hot tea and cool autumn weather certainly go hand in hand. Here’s some of what you had to say on Facebook!

*“My mid morning enjoyment, Pumpkin Spice,” said Anne Elizabeth Twohey.

*And Doris Tyler Bartlett added: “Need to get some fall flavors.”

*Linda White posted that Bigelow’s fall teas are great all year round! “I have been drinking Pumpkin Spice since I first found it, even though it was summer! It’s my absolute favorite flavor! I also like Salted Caramel quite a bit!”

*And Bigelow Tea lovers who didn’t have seasonal varieties on hand yet still enjoyed their cups of tea. Denise Darcell noted, “I don’t have pumpkin spice, but I’m sipping the heck out of what I got. Good ol’ black tea, regular.”

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*Fan George Wright summed it up (and posted the cool “Constant Comment”® photo, above): “I can’t think of a better way to usher in the new season.” Agreed!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Bigelow Tea’s seasonal favorites. Keep those constant comments coming!

 

Bigelow Tea Reminisces About Tea Innovations Through The Ages

bigelow tea novus chamomile

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?