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Explore Sri Lanka’s Tea Fields With Cindi Bigelow

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Did you know that high in the mountains in Sri Lanka some of the best tea leaves (the “champagne” of tea leaves as third generation Bigelow Tea CEO Cindi Bigelow says) are handpicked for Bigelow’s blended teas? Cindi paid a visit to this country and recorded it so everyone could see the tea fields that play a major role in producing specialty teas for the family-owned Bigelow Tea. In this video, Cindi spends time at Pedro Plantation— which is certified Fair Trade, ISO 22000, ETP, Rain Forest Alliance and has built new homes for all their 800 employees.  For more interesting tea facts and to learn more about Cindi’s travels to Sri Lanka visit the Bigelow Tea website and take a journey without leaving your chair.
 

Be Fashionable. Drink Bigelow Tea.

 btwed_Be Fashionable. Drink Bigelow Tea.

At Bigelow Tea, we’ve known for decades what the experts at The Food Channel are just now predicting—Tea is (quite literally) a HOT food trend for 2014!  And while we’re honored to join the ranks of the Cronut and the craft-craze, we’re firm believers in longevi-tea!

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And why not! After all, tea is tasty, stylish, multi-seasonal and multi-cultural (just ask the Chinese, the English, the Moroccans)!  Celebrities swear by it.  And, it complements just about every cuisine, sweet or savory, hot or iced. In fact, tea is so steeped in our world tapestry, it’s downright quotable!

Sooo… given tea’s anticipated popularity this year (the most popular flavor globally being Earl Grey), we thought it might be fun to visit some other BIG trends for 2014, simply to test our newfound “it”-ness…

**In beauty, the looks range from effortless (think: clean skin) to statement making—from platinum blonde to braids, neon orange lips, nails in geometric patterns and prints (especially black and white), and lids with unexpected pops of color, from blue to green to white. Oh, and gilded. And if you can pull off the lioness eye, props to you!

**In fashion, expect a random amalgamation of luxe sportswear and couture-comfy sandals to art-inspired designs and the return of the crop-top, Bermuda shorts and vests.

** Generally speaking, the consumer shopping experience will be transformed, with customization applied to every possible category; social responsibility becoming increasingly more meaningful—something Bigelow Tea takes very seriously; and the ability to shop straight from our mobile devices going mainstream.

Tea lover Kelsey tweeted that she drinks Bigelow Tea every day, so she’s right on trend! How about you? Aside from drinking tea, which of these other trends tickle your fancy?

(Fashionable Lilly Pulitzer mugs from Instagram via @paigey_flipthepaige)

Drink Bigelow Tea, Work Happy

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At Bigelow Tea, cultivating a happy work place is steeped in our culture.  If you could wish for the perfect office environment (not the décor, the people!)—from your boss to your colleagues to your assistant—what would that look like?  How about alert, productive and relaxed?  If this sounds good to you, consider asking the people around you this fundamental question: do you drink tea?

Research increasingly suggests drinking tea may provide just the right amount of stimulation while boosting mood—an ideal state for a producing great work! That’s good news for Bigelow Tea drinkers who toil long hours crunching numbers, dreaming up creative campaigns or devising sales strategies.

So the next time that lull in the day strikes, or you find yourself working through a challenging task, pour yourself a #dailycup of Lemon LiftVanilla Chai or Green Tea (like @KarenBushKolesnik) or whatever tickles your tastebuds.  Take a moment. You may just find the clari-tea and sensibili-tea you were seeking.

Image by ginnerobot via Flickr.com

#DailyCup: Bigelow Shares the Fun of Hot Tea Month

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It’s cold outside, but things are heating up at Bigelow Tea. Grab a steaming mug of your favorite tea blend because it’s National Hot Tea Month. Thankfully, tea is said by researchers to improve your mood, and be good for your body. Yep, tea definitely fits within most resolutions for 2014!

Hot Tea Month is a great excuse to sip more of the tea you love and share these faves with the people in your life. Make a cup of #greentea for a coworker and hand deliver it to her desk. Or, steep a few mugs of Cozy Chamomile and send an open invite to your dorm for a #dailycup.

Hot Tea Month also gives you tea lovers an excuse to discover your true personaliTEA by trying new tea flavors and mixin’ it up. Buy something new or head to the kitchen and whip up this delish looking Spicy Chocolate Chai Tea recipe.

Be social. Share. Enjoy. #DrinkBigelow. Post your hot mugs this month on Instagram like @jennifersikora and tag #BigelowTea.
 

New Year, New You. With Bigelow Tea Of Course!

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Every new year brings an opportuni-tea for a do-over—to make changes that will make us happier, healthier versions of ourselves. As Diet Resolution Week commences, put the carefree indulgence of the past week (err, month) behind you, and get focused on your diet goals. Be specific, realistic and quite literally, don’t bite off more than you can chew! Not surprisingly, most resolutions are kaput before the month is out. If you’re daunted by the thought of dieting, we’re happy to report via research we have linked to that tea may slow down weight gain (when unaccompanied by cheeseburgers and pints of ice cream). Additionally, the ritualistic aspect of drinking Bigelow Tea will help with fluid intake—essential to any successful diet plan.

So let’s review some diet basics:

  1. Take it slow—one day, one meal at a time.
  2. Focus your goals, be specific but realistic. Switch to milk from cream, drink your favorite Bigelow Tea instead of soda, eat fish weekly.
  3. Prepare meals mindfully.
  4. Water is your BFF. Clear, non-caffeinated, unsweetened beverages also count, including herbal Bigelow Teas.
  5. Add fruits and veggies—even if it’s one of each per day!
  6. Avoid processed foods.
  7. Reduce portions.
  8. Find 30 minutes and get moving somewhere, anywhere—as many times per week as possible! Wash your car, reorganize your closets, walk the dog.
  9. Visualize what you want to wear and how you want to look in it.

At the end of the day, take a moment. Pour yourself a soothing, daily cup—it’s Hot Tea Month after all! Enjoy a flavor that satisfies that pesky sweet craving, like Bigelow Tea’s Chocolate Chai. (@LaTarshaPrecia1 knows the deal!) And, journal your amazing progress.

Image via Instagram by @vagabroadjournals

Win An iPad Mini And Tea Video Contest: What Makes Bigelow Your Cup Of Tea?

btthurs_Win An iPad Mini And Tea Video Contest- What Makes Bigelow Your Cup Of Tea?

What makes Bigelow your cup of tea? Share your answer in a YouTube, Instagram or Vine video for a chance to win an Apple iPad mini and a Bigelow Tea chest! One super creative video winner will take home this fantastic 1stplace prize and a 2nd place prize will win Bigelow Tea for a whole year! There’s no better way to kick off the New Year and Hot Tea Month!

For the video, express your thoughts, read a poem, sing an original song, do a Bigelow Tea dance, submit original artwork—anything goes as long as you answer what makes Bigelow your cup of tea! Then have more hot tea month fun by getting your friends to vote for your video….the top two videos with the most votes between the public and Bigelow Tea wins 1st and 2nd place prizes!

Prize details:

  • 2nd Place Prize – Tea for a year: one winner gets to choose a year’s worth of Bigelow Tea—six boxes per month totaling 120 tea bags!

To enter, “like” our Facebook page and click on the Video Contest icon under the large cover photo and follow the directions for adding your video link from Instagram, Vine or YouTube. Do it ASAP because as soon as you submit, you your friends, family and followers can start voting by clicking on the vote tab at the top of the video contest page! The video contest starts today and ends on January 29th. Check our Facebook page daily to view the latest videos and VOTE!  Winners will be announced on the Bigelow Tea blog on Jan. 31.

Good luck everyone, and have some serious fun creating your video tribute to what makes Bigelow your cup of tea!
 

Feeling A Bit Wrecked This Morning? Bounce Back With Bigelow Tea

If you’re reading this from under your covers with an aching head and a mouth full of cotton, we feel your pain.  No one wants to kick off the new year—or any day for that matter—feeling like a character from The Walking Dead. So take the pillow off your head and try the suggestion of drinking Bigelow Tea as one of your hangover cures which, in this clip, includes a “hair of the dog” Hot Toddy featuring Bigelow Tea.  And if you have a little extra time today while lying on the couch, head over to our Instagram @bigelowtea and share a pic of what you are sipping right now, #HappyNewYear!
 

Bringing Swanky Back: Bigelow Tea’s New Year’s Cocktail

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This New Year’s Eve your hottest accessory could very well be a cool cocktail. Just holding a fancy glass filled with a ruby-colored beverage can make you feel a little glam! Here’s a link to some yummy drinks made with Bigelow Tea for the over-21 crowd, and below is an especially festive one! It features tart and tasty pomegranate, a posh fruit indeed. So channel your inner mixologist and make one for your friends tonight! (Facebook friend @KarleySimms might want to give it a try since she tells us she “loves poms!”) Enjoy!

Pomegranate Bellini Mar-TEA-ni

Ingredients:

Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea Bags
1 ¼ cups (310mL) boiling water
4 ounces vodka
¼ cup (60mL) fresh orange juice
Pomegranate seeds if available

Instructions:

Place Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags.

Allow to cool, then chill. To chill place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.

To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled tea and mix it with 1 tablespoon of orange juice and one ounce of the vodka.

Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

NOTE: If a sweeter Mar-TEA-ni is desired, add ¼ ounce (½ tablespoon) of orange flavored liquor (Triple Sec, Grand Mariner, or Cointreau) to each drink.
 

Crazy Good New Year’s Resolutions From Bigelow Tea

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“I’m giving up carbs.” “I’ll never drink again.” “I’m cutting up my credit card.” Tired of making the same yearly promises that you can’t possibly keep? It’s time for some “out-of-the-box” New Year’s resolutions. Here are five tea-centric ones from Bigelow Tea. Choose one—or more!— and Tweet your friends!

#5― Diet Alert! Does your nightly ritual involve a laptop and late-night snacking? Instead of mindlessly nibbling, sip with intention and have a mug of herbal tea.

#4 ― Be Green, Drink Green. Take care of the environment by composting your tea bags, and take care of your body by drinking Bigelow® Green Tea! Simple, right?

#3 ― Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. If you’re a realist and are not giving up sugar and alcohol, water is your way to say “buh-bye” to toxins and “hellooo” to a new, rejuvenated you! Drink water…. and, drink tea.

#2 ― Focus on FriendshipShare tea with friends… whenever and wherever you can. It will make your day. We promise.

#1 ― Tea and ZenMindfulness is the key to a healthy lifestyle. Take the time to gather your thoughts, make a daily intention and sip your favorite Bigelow® Tea.

Join us on Facebook and tell us what you plan to do differently in 2014!

Top Image by ienjoysushi via Flickr.com

From Hot Tea To Hot Buttered Rum, Bigelow Tea Is The Perfect Drink!

 btfri_From Hot Tea To Hot Buttered Rum, Bigelow Tea Is The Perfect Drink!

Did you know that any of our Bigelow teas can morph into a delish drink recipe?  Whether you are hangin with friends or hosting your family, we have the ingredients if you provide the bartender.  Check out our Mint Medley MojitoSangri–Tea-ahhhh Iced Tea LemonadeOrange & Spice® Hot Mulled Wine or our Hot Pumpkin Spice Buttered Rum (recipe below).

And….we bet you have a recipe to share.  If so post a picture with a link on Instagram and tag with #bigelow so we can check it out and try a few on our own.  Now enjoy this recipe which is pure awesomeness!

Hot Pumpkin Spice Buttered Rum

Ingredients:

6 tea bags Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea*
6 cups (48-ounces) hot water

Spiced Butter:

¾ cup light brown sugar
½ cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

8 to 12-ounces (1 to 1 ½ cups) clear rum

Whipped cream: optional
Extra pumpkin pie spice: optional

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*Variations: Try using Bigelow Eggnogg’n Tea  or Bigelow Apple Cider Herb Tea

Instructions:

In large glass bowl, place tea bags; add hot water. Brew for 4 minutes. Squeeze tea from bags then discard bags.

Meanwhile, in small mixer bowl add all Spiced Butter ingredients; beat at medium high speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until light in color (1 minute).

In 6 mugs or heat-proof glasses, place 2 tablespoons spiced butter, 2-ounces rum, and6 ounces hot brewed tea. Mix until Spiced Butter melts.

Garnish with whipped cream and a dusting of spice, if desired.