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Travel, Profit and 100 Billion Cups of Tea…A Historical Look at Tea!

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As you most likely know, Bigelow Tea has been a family tea blender since 1945 where creating tea flavors continues to be our passionate pursuit. Perhaps that’s why we love exploring the role tea has played in various cultures throughout history. We recently discovered this fascinating map that was published in 1934 by Fortune Magazine and written about on Atlas Obscura, a website that guides readers to wondrous and curious places in the world. The map shows the size of countries based on how much tea was consumed in the area.

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It displays China as about equal to the British Isles, but in reality the article details that the population of China was at the time, nine times bigger than that of the U.K., and the country’s inhabitants drank nearly twice as much tea as the Brits did!

The map also demonstrates that each person in Britain consumed around 6 cups of tea a day, adding up to 485,000 pounds of tea per year. That breaks down to one hundred billion cups of tea, total – clearly, the British do love their tea!

Also interesting is the discussion of how the British made quite the profit from their tea habit, with earnings from the tea trade leading Britain into colonizing one third of the world! The map text even quotes, “Where Britain goes, tea goes with them.” The article goes on to explain that Britain grows and sells four-fifths of the world’s tea, though part of this large tea industry took place in India, where the British grew and sold Indian tea.

Finally, if you notice the red lines drawn on the map, you’ll see the many routes of where tea traveled during the time period. The information shows the U.S. consumed 95,000 pounds of tea annually.

One last historical nugget: the map was created not long after the 1929 Wall Street crash, as the article points out. This crash caused tea prices to drop, and in 1933 tea companies in India, Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) and Indonesia (then the Dutch East Indies) came to an agreement to lower output, leading to a slow price increase that was more profitable for all growers and sellers.

Tell us: do you have interesting tea historical tea facts to share?  Please do and tag with #TeaProudly so we can learn too!

What Are Your Favorite Family Tea Memories?

bigelow tea memoriesOne of the tea facts we love most about Bigelow is how making tea and sharing a mug together transcends generations – whether you’re just discovering tea for the first time or have spent many years being a tea fan, everyone can turn teatime into time well spent together! Tea is truly a feel good beverage – not just good for your own well-being but for your favorite company too. We think tea is the catalyst for the best memories!

And speaking of awesome memorable family moments, we just had to share these stories from our tea community which are super amazing examples of how tea brings families closer.

Doreen MacDonald:

As a little girl, my mother would pour me a little cup of “Constant Comment”® when she fixed herself a pot of tea in the evening. Such a wonderful memory of the time shared and the smell of the fresh brewed tea. I still have the cup……

Maria La Fave:

Sitting with my mom and drinking tea (Bigelow Plantation Mint actually). We always used to sit by my family’s old wood stove and sip two, sometimes three cups, while talking the morning away. I have since moved to another state, but those will always remain some of my fondest memories.

Pat New Fearnside:

Constant Comment”® — Growing up, when we had snow days with no school, we’d come in from the cold and Mother would make a teapotful of it. So good! I also add it to my iced tea.

Lin Gregerson:

Still my favorite since late 1950’s when Mom would fix little cups of it as a treat for us girls. Just bought 2 boxes of the decaf to enjoy in the evenings. If I’m craving something sweet, just adding a dash of mild honey or sugar really brings out the orange flavor and nips the craving quickly.

What’s your family’s tea tradition? Share it and tag #TeaProudly.

Let Your Fingers Do the Talking With Bigelow Tea!

bigelow tea green tea nailsAt any given moment, you’re likely to find us with our hands around a mug of Bigelow Tea, sipping while we wake up, work, or relax (loving tea is a proud 24/7 habit over here!)

As a fellow tea junkie, we bet you probably know by now that tea can be good for you on every level. When you sip a tea made from the Camellia Sinensis plant, you’re enjoying a warm and tasty wellness journey as well as a way to lift your spirits. Whether shared with fellow tea-loving pals or on your own with a good book (one of our most favorite tea-related activities!), tea can have a place in everyone’s day! But did you know tea also has some truly awesome beauty benefits? Some studies say that green tea in particular is a terrific way to help your nails be healthier!  Who knew, and just how does that work?

  • The antioxidants in green tea, research say, (again, thank you Camellia Sinensis plant!) are thought to keep nails from getting brittle.
  • Green tea may not only help make nails appear to be stronger but might also help eliminate yellow discoloring (which can happen after getting one too many manicures L).
  • To help support your nails, simply soak fingers in green tea for about 10 to 15 minutes. Any variety of green tea should do the job. Soak regularly, and you may just see a big difference in your pretty little fingers!

So we want to know: how do you get gorgeous using tea? Tag your beauty and tea tips online with #TeaProudly  or visit us at www.teaproudly.com and share it there so we can try it too!

Happy Valentine’s Day Love Bigelow Tea

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates The History And Tradition Behind Three Kings Day

 

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December has come and gone, but the 12 days of Christmas are still being celebrated by lots of people and their families excitedly awaiting “Three Kings’ Day” on January 6Bigelow Tea loves any reason for a family gathering, so we’re proud to recognize this special day. For the Hispanic community and many others, Three Kings Day, or Los Reyes Magos, is one of the most important holidays of the Latin world, commemorating the “three wise men” that followed the star to Bethlehem, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Celebrated twelve days after Christmas, Three Kings Day is also known as Epiphany. While children may still get gifts on December 25th, Three Kings Day also rewards them with presents and candy for being good. Festivities like community parades and a three-day celebration at Disneyland take place around the globe. In Mexico, thousands gather each year to taste a mile-long “Rosca de Reyes” (Kings’ Bread). Many families choose to make the holiday favorite at home honoring the tradition to hide a baby Jesus figurine within the bread — the person who finds it must make tamales on February 2, the Day of the Candles. How neat is that?!

bigelow-tea-chamomile-mintThree Kings Day is such a special day for so many families, and we love that. Family is such an important part of our lives — and the fabric of our company. So, as you celebrate Three Kings Day this year, remember that our teas can be a yummy complement to a slice of Kings’ Bread. Brew a pot of Te de Manzanilla Menta de Hierbas or Chamomile Mango Herbal Tea! You can also enjoy one of these recipes that embrace the Hispanic influences of Three Kings Day: Roasted Pork Chops Pomegranate Pizzazz® over Mashed Plantains, and Chamomile-Mango Tres Leches.

Will you be celebrating Three Kings Day this year? Did your family recognize the holiday when you were growing up? Tell us all about it! What was your favorite memory? Don’t forget to tag your story with #TeaProudly so that we can learn about your special moments celebrating this special day.

Top image by by Nate Bolt via Flickr.

Bigelow Tea, And Well All Tea Lovers Actually, Want To Know If You Add Milk To Your Tea?

bigelow-tea-vanilla-chaiOne thing we know for sure is that with so many people drinking tea (82% of Americans to be exact—that’s more than 158 million people), there are that many ways to enjoy a cup! That is one of the beautiful things about drinking tea…you can customize each mug to your heart’s delight and include milk, honey, sugar or even a slice of lemon! But while some parts of making the perfect cup of tea are a must like putting in the tea bag in first before pouring over the water (says president and CEO Cindi Bigelow who has three generations of tea experts behind her!), other options are completely up to you which always makes tea drinking an lovely adventure!

One hotly talked about topic in our tea drinking community (which we call #TeaProudly which is an awesome community of tea drinkers which we will tell you about a bit later so stay tuned!) is do you add milk or not to your tea, so let’s share some info about this very topic. If you like to add milk, do you know when to add it in? Does the milk go in first or the bigelow-tea-spiced-chai-teahot water? The British Standards Institute (BSI) believes to have the answer to this tea lover debate. They state that the milk is best poured before the tea and that the brewing water should not be above 185°F to prevent scalding the milk. Of course not all tea drinkers agree with the BSI. Author George Orwell prefers pouring his milk in last to control the ratio of milk to tea. Even Queen Elizabeth II reportedly enjoys her tea by adding the milk afterwards! So many options….we love that!

Hey and did you  know that Bigelow Tea’s delicious Chai tea varieties are amazing with milk and sugar like our classic Spiced Chai? Facebook Fan Virginia Gordon thinks Vanilla Chai is “delicious with a splash of cream and teaspoon of sugar!” Thanks Virginia for sharing your #TeaProudly thought. The good news for everyone is that whether you add your cream or milk before or after the hot water, our spicy chai flavors will make an amazing cup so grab a mug and well, #TeaProudly!

Bigelow Tea Studies America’s Tea Drinking Habits

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For over 70 years, Bigelow Tea has always kept a pulse on our tea drinking audience so when tea drinking habits shift, we like to keep up with the trends. We have been reviewing some fascinating stats from The Tea Association of the USA on tea drinking habits so grab your favorite Bigelow cup of tea and take a look at what we found:

One finding by The Tea Association of the USA survey is that 82 percent of Americans drink tea and women are putting their teakettles on a bit more than men but not by much which is wonderful (85 percent vs 79 percent). Of course, Bigelow also knows that tea lovers often like to include an add-in with their favorite beverage. According to the survey, lemon seemingly takes the lead (70 percent), followed by sugar/artificial sweeteners (46 percent), and honey (4 percent).

If you’re thirsty for more details, here are some other neat tea tidbits:

  • 85 percent of tea consumed in the U.S. is iced tea
  • 43 percent go for tea to boost their immune system
  • 37 percent drink tea to calm them down
  • 26 percent choose tea to maintain a healthy weight

Bigelow also likes hearing directly from our customers about how they savor our blended teas. We’re delighted to learn that Judy in Seattle feels that “Constant Comment®” is the only tea for her, so much that she’s been drinking this flavor since she was 4 years old! As for other Bigelow favorites, Cecil in Duluth told us that he likes having our Jasmine Green Tea cold and that it completely re-energizes him.

Now, let Bigelow Tea know what your personal tea trends include – we want to know!

Bigelow Explores The History of Iced Tea

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When you hear the words “iced tea,” it’s easy to envision a pitcher of your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor over ice. Perhaps you add in a sweetener, or maybe you enjoy it nice and simple. Whichever way you drink it, now you can sip with an appreciation for its back story—it is steeped in history, after all!

Richard Blechynden has often been attributed with making the first iced tea at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904. As sales for his hot tea dropped while summer temperatures rose, he purportedly poured tea over ice to entice fairgoers. Some dedicated research tells another story, though, with iced tea’s roots reaching as far back as 1879, when Marion Cabell Tyree created a recipe for green tea over ice, which was published in a community cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia. Later, in 1884, another recipe for iced black tea surfaced from the Boston Cooking School.bigelow tea iced tea blend These days, while iced tea is still extremely popular during summer, the classic drink is enjoyed year ‘round. In the United States, 85 percent of tea consumed each year is iced as noted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We are an iced tea culture, and we are the only country in the world [noted as such],” said Peter Goggi, president of Tea Association of the USA. Who are the most popular consumers, you may wonder? Well, baby boomers and millennials, of course! 87 percent of millennials drink tea, according to the Tea Association. Goggi said that it’s likely because millennials grew up in the ready-to-drink era that accepted tea as a good alternative to soda and other sugary drinks.

Whatever the reason (or season!), iced tea is always a cool option—and you can make it with any flavor of Bigelow Tea that you would normally enjoy hot. So pick your favorite (@LukeIsASequin suggests “Constant Comment®”), brew and pour over ice for a cold treat any time!

Bigelow Tea Shares Favorite A Few Interesting Tea Facts

At Bigelow Tea we love discussing and sharing interesting facts and history about our favorite beverage- tea! The folks over at Mental Floss put together this quick video of thirty-six of the most interesting facts about tea. Here’s a few to sip on:

  • Tea is the world’s 2ndmost popular drink. Water comes in at number one which coincidentally, is a crucial ingredient in making any cup of tea!
  • 85% of the tea sold in the US is iced tea per Mental Floss. At Bigelow, we sell a variety of special iced tea blends but we always encourage our fans to be creative and experiment with brewing their own iced tea at home with any Bigelow tea flavor!
  • Contrary to popular opinion, iced tea did not originate at the 1904 World’s Fair. A recipe can be found from an 1877 cookbook.
  • “Chai Tea” is redundant and actually means “tea tea”. We’ve put a modern twist on this ancient classic with Bigelow Caramel Chai.
  • In 1901, two American women invented the modern tea bag. Just 44 years before our founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow started Bigelow Tea in her kitchen in New York City!
  • If you find yourself in Zillah, WA, keep an eye out for the service station shaped like a teapot! Sounds like the perfect road trip to us!
  • English tea parties became popular around the 1840s when Queen Victoria and her friends would host tea and snacks between lunch and dinner. Check out our tips for hosting the perfect tea party here.
  • The London Tea Auction was a staple of tea trade for 300 years. Today there are actually E-auctions in India!
  • The British Standards Institute has a guide for preparing tea. Bigelow third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow also has her very own guide for the perfect cup of tea!

To learn more fun facts about tea, watch third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow’s video where she shares her tea expertise!

Let’s Open Some Bigelow Tea Fan Mail!


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For 70 years, Bigelow Tea has heard feedback from tea drinkers around the world. And throughout that time, hearing from you—our fantastic fans—has been a highlight of our day. We’ve heard about family traditions and the part that Bigelow Tea plays, and have read about your favorite flavors (and not-so-favorite flavors, sometimes!) and recipes. As the times and technology have shifted from letters and envelopes to emails and website reviews, what hasn’t changed is the love for Bigelow tea.

Judy in Seattle said that “Constant Comment®” is the “only tea for me!” She began drinking the flavor when she was 4 years old and her mom would take her to visit a family friend. Judy shared that she would drink it every day after school, and to this day, she’s continued the tradition after work and many times a day on the weekends. She said, “Tea time has been a ritual in my life that has given me great comfort and I have passed it on with my own family. I have tried hundreds of teas in many countries always looking for another tea that I liked as much as ‘Constant Comment’ and I have never found one that compares. Thank you so much for the amazing blend of tea, citrus and spices. It is absolutely perfect!”

bigelow tea mint medleyOn the other coast in Tallahassee, Georgianna loves Mint Medley. She said that she drinks it every day at work. “It makes me feel warm and cozy at my desk!”

 

 

bigelow tea green tea with lemonAnd Jen in Kansas City wrote that her go-to flavor is Green Tea with Lemon. She even credits the tea with helping her break her diet soda habit. “This tea is so light and refreshing with a perfect pop of lemon flavor. It is wonderful hot, but I especially love it over ice for an invigorating afternoon pick-me-up.”

 

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Fran from Fairview Park loves Perfect Peach in the evenings, and thinks it tastes like a warm peach pie in a cup. “The back note of spice is perfect, and with a little milk and a little sugar, it’s like a relaxing 14-calorie piece of pie. Delicious!”

 

 

Mornings, afternoons and evenings—whatever the time—Bigelow Tea is a great choice. Do you have a favorite story or memory with Bigelow Tea? Tell us about it in the comments section below!