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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

Bigelow Tea Knows Austin Mahone Is A Fan Of Sweet Tea

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Teen singing sensation Austin Mahone has a sweet spot for tea. Yes, Bigelow Tea recently read a Q&A with Austin in US Magazine where he revealed that he’s actually “obsessed” with it!

In the article, the 18 year-old pop star shares 25 things “you don’t know about me,” and #3 is: “I’m really obsessed with drinking sweet tea.” Now “sweet tea”—iced tea with lots of sugar—is a big part of life down south, and because Austin was born in Texas and now lives in Miami, he’s got good reason to love sipping sweet iced tea. The Bigelow Family has strong ties to the south too, growing American Classic Tea right in Charleston, SC on its own Charleston Tea Plantation!

Bigelow Iced Tea is delicious when sweetened or not, so if Austin or any of his fans, known as “Mahomies” want to brew some of their own, maybe they’ll give one of Bigelow Tea’s many varieties a try!

If iced tea is your favorite summer drink—we know it’s yours @AyahNimer!—do you like it sweet? And which Bigelow Tea variety do you use most often?
 

Bigelow Tea Get Ready For Summer Sweepstakes Winners Announced

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We are so excited to announce the winners of our Get Ready For Summer Sweepstakes.  Note that we will contact you via email to confirm your mailing address.  If you don’t hear from us within 2 weeks, check your spam folder and if you find nothing, leave a comment here on the blog.  Congrats and enjoy your iced tea!

Joseph from Maryland

Dawn from Texas

Jenna from New York

M from Florida

Christine from California

Alex from California

Rita from California

Carol from New Hampshire

Elina from Illinois

Stacy from Ontario

Rita from Massachusetts

Shawna from Maine

Poneh from California

Connie from Alberta

Kim from Colorado

Leigh from South Carolina

Sharon from Vermont

Debbie from Wisconsin

Brenda from Florida

Stacey from Illinois

Bigelow Tea’s Cindi Bigelow Has the Recipe For a Refreshing Iced Tea Month

 What’s better for celebrating Iced Tea Month than warm weather and cool, refreshing Bigelow iced tea! Well, how about a perfect summer recipe for a refreshing twist?  Here, Bigelow Tea President Cindi Bigelow chats with Amelie Wilson of News 12 Connecticut on What’s Cooking?, about some serious (but seriously easy!) culinary tea magic.

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Is your mouth watering just thinking about that harmonious blend of Pomegranate Pizzazz in a tangy, light summer salad? Now add a tall glass of your favorite invigorating Bigelow Tea—chilled with Bigelow Tea ice cubes!—and watch Cindi share some great fresh-brewed ice tea tips!

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Drew Barrymore Can’t Get Enough Iced Tea

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Thanks to About.com for the Image

Has it really been more than 25 years since Drew Barrymore first stole our hearts in the film E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial?

Coming from a legendary Hollywood family, Barrymore has definitely proven herself in the acting world.  She has even found success in the dual role of producer and actress on hit films like Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.

With that schedule, it’s no secret this girl’s got some serious stamina! We at Bigelow Tea think that she can attribute some of her energy to all that iced tea she’s been drinking.  Whether it’s meeting with a former boyfriend or just a quick stop on the way to run some errands, she definitely stays healthy and hydrated with some delicious iced tea!

In fact, tea even has this actress singing — catch her in the critically acclaimed biopic Grey Gardens singing the song “Tea for Two!”

Summertime at Bigelow

Sorry it has been a while since my last entry, the summer has really gone by way too fast.  You would think by that statement that I was enjoying my summer, but to be honest I could barely say it is summer.

But that is all going to change.

I promised myself starting this week, I am going to make the most of this summer!  I am going to walk in the morning before I come to work and I am going to try and leave by 6 pm each night and do something “summery.”  What does that mean?  Play tennis, play a few (emphasis on a few) holes of golf or even better have dinner on the beach.

I still have some weeks to go and I plan on packing in the good times.  Okay enough whining.

On a business note, our company has had the best July and August (well at least the first couple of weeks so far of August-month isn’t over yet) in our history. To all you tea drinkers buying our tea in the summer THANK YOU!   I hope you are making fresh brewed iced tea and even coming up with a few of your favorites to make your own recipe.

Okay, just a short entry today.  Time to get ready to have a backyard bbq.

Cindi Bigelow