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Bigelow Tea Honors National Day Of Service And Remembrance

You don’t need an excuse to help others and make a difference in your community, but the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is a wonderful reason to volunteer – especially as you pay tribute to and remember the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks. As a family-owned company with long-standing roots in our community, Bigelow Tea takes pride in the work our employees do year-round to assist organizations, those in need and great causes. Here are a few of our favorite stories:

Passing on sustainable practices to future generations.

“Inspired by the results of the composting program here at Bigelow Tea, our family also included composting into our weekly schedule at home. We have been separating out most of the kitchen waste, tea bags (a lot of those) and paper towels, etc. since the summer of 2013. Now that my children are older, the do-it yourself-style sand box has been ‘up-cycled’ to ‘organically’ create good soil over time… This is one way our children are learning that maintaining the cycle and balance in nature is possible even in a suburban environment and a small contribution like ours can make a difference.” Gabe K, Fairfield, CT

A source of inspiration.

For more than 18 years, Caroline House has successfully taught immigrant women English (ESL).  Caroline House also provides a free preschool, after-school and summer tutoring to elementary and middle school children, citizenship classes, and life skills classes. Caroline House has recently instituted a Sources of Inspiration Board. These women will serve as a resource for Caroline House students (and all of us!) for inspirational stories to give hope for the future. We are honored to have Janned Serrano as our first Sources of Inspiration Board member. She is Executive Assistant to Cindi Bigelow, President of Bigelow Tea, and Community Relations Coordinator.

Janned Serrano’s advice to Caroline House graduates:

  • Surround yourself with English-speaking people.
  • Speak English everywhere, even if it is not perfect.
  • Don’t be afraid to say “what does that mean?”
  • Read books written in English.
  • Take a risk. If someone asks you if you want to do something, say yes, even if you don’t know how.

Helping those in need.

“I was coming to work around 6:30 a.m. [one day] and… there was a soldier in full uniform with all his medals waiting by the side of the road. It was a rainy day and… he needed a ride to Boise. I stopped and offered to give him a ride to his destination. It turns out that he was going to a Wounded Warrior presentation… but his vehicle had a flat tire and he had to go on foot. He (Jim) told me his dilemma about being a forty-year veteran and how hard it is to get a job after being in the military that long; that the money just doesn’t last as long and not having a job does not help either. He told me a story about applying for a security job at a computer company in Boise and that he was told that he did not have enough experience in security to be considered for the position. I dropped him off at his destination, gave him my gratitude for his service and some money… If that is impacting our community in a positive manner, then I do that every day by serving as a leader in my community.” Javier Reyes, Boise, Idaho

Caring about the bees.

“I participated in a worthwhile community event, ‘Bee Night,’ which took place at the Medical University of South Carolina’s Urban Garden located in downtown Charleston. Bee Night was an event hosted by the Bee Cause Project, an organization whose mission is to educate young people about the importance of honeybees and their wellbeing. They do this by installing beehives in area schools. In 2013, the USDA released a report with concern that the U.S. does not have enough honeybees to pollinate crops, which would impact our nation’s food supply. Along with the many beehives that they have installed in area schools, they have installed an observation beehive at the MUSC Urban garden, a garden whose mission is to build a healthier community by growing crops and educating people with local, nutritious food. This Beehive was unveiled at ‘Bee Night’ and the community was invited to attend the special event. I took several gallons of unsweetened tea to the event. We sweetened the tea at the event with the honey produced by the bees and attendees enjoyed Charleston Tea Plantation tea sweetened with local honey.”  Jane Knight, Charleston, SC

Our community garden which grows fresh vegetables for the local Bridgeport Rescue Mission is another example of giving back as well as the annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge which has raised over $1.4 million for local charities since its inception thirty years ago.

A big part of #TeaProudly is being able to share stories and memories which includes efforts make in service to others. Share your stories about something as involved as landscaping or building a house for a family in need, or as simple as brewing a cup of tea and sharing some time with a homebound person in your neighborhood. Regardless, take time to think about what you can do in honor of this day of service. Cheers!

Bigelow Tea’s 30th Annual Community Challenge Is Almost Here!

Get excited, because Bigelow Tea’s Annual Community Challenge is about to turn the BIG 3-0! Running? Check! Walking? Check! Family-friendly fun? Check! Goodie bags and raffle prizes? Check and check! Seriously, this is the place to be on September 24! Plus, 30 is a pretty special milestone – come help Bigelow Tea celebrate this fantastic community event. Here are the details!

The when and the where

This year’s event will take place on Sunday, September 24, at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in Southport, Connecticut! Lace up your running shoes and join in the 5K Road Race or 2-Mile Fitness Walk; participants receive t-shirts and goodie bags, plus are eligible for the chance to win great raffle prizes.

Totally family-friendly – bring the kids!

The kiddos will love the KidZone, which is open to Pre-K through 6thgraders, includes a 100-yard scamper and 1-mile run, along with Hula Hoop, zig-zag and jumping challenges. Also, there’s free babysitting for all runners and walkers, so you have no excuses! Woohoo!

Don’t forget the after party…

As if a fun run isn’t enough of a party, sit back and listen to live music outdoors while nibbling on tasty bites from the post-race food buffet. While you’re there, don’t forget to take a picture with Biggie the Tea Bar Mascot!

Most importantly, give back!

What’s best about the event is that it’s a fun way to give back to the community while having a great time with family and friends. Since the event’s inception, Bigelow Tea has raised more than $1.2 million dollars for local charities that provide everything from educational services and counseling, to shelter and food. The event raised $150,000 last year, so let’s do our best to beat that number this year!

Okay, I’m in!

Run, don’t walk, to the registration page… it’s going to be tons of fun and you’re not going to want to miss it!

It’s moments like crossing the finish line at the Community Challenge or knowing that you’re contributing to local charities that you can be proud of. And they make great memories to share with friends or family over a cup of tea, whether it’s been a few days or a few decades. This event is definitely worth joining or supporting if you can, and worth raising a cup to no matter what. It’s just one of many reasons we can all #TeaProudly. Hope to see you there!

Bigelow Tea Is A Fan Of These 5 Celebrity Tea Drinkers

It’s no surprise that celebs love tea. After all, they’re people, too! So when Bigelow Tea hears about famous tea drinkers, it’s easy to get totally starstruck! Shout-out to all the tea lovers out there because these timeless folks throughout history are part of the #TeaProudly movement (even though they didn’t realize it at the time)!

1. Dream as if you’ll live forever. James Dean. While his first professional acting gig was for a soft drink, James Dean was known to drink tea often and was even photographed on numerous occasions with a cup in his hand.

2. Rockstar. Guitar legend. Jimi Hendrix. Described by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music,” Jimi Hendrix was also a tea drinker. Actually, one of the last photos of Hendrix was taken at tea time.

3. The King of Cool. Dean Martin. Crooner, Rat-Packer and funny-man Dean Martin enjoyed tea, too. Or, at the very least, hamming it up on-camera with tea cups!

4. Pink Panther. Tea drinker. Peter Sellers. He was English, so it’s obvious that Peter Sellers – AKA Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther series – drank his fair share of tea.

5. The Lion. The Witch. The Tea Kettle. C.S. Lewis. At one point, author C.S. Lewis even said, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” Now that sounds like our cup of tea, for sure. 

Fame and celebrity certainly come with their own stresses and plenty of busy schedules, but it’s good to know you always rely on a good cup of tea – just like these famous faces have done for decades past. Raise a cup, enjoy and #TeaProudly on!

Photos via Flickr:

James Dean by Kate Gabrielle
Jimi Hendrix by mirjoran
Dean Martin by Elissa Young
Peter Sellers by A World
C.S. Lewis by Tom Cooper

Baseball + Bigelow Tea = #TeaProudly

The slow, easy pace of the baseball season and timelessness of Bigelow Tea are perfect together…we’ve been baseball fans since our company was founded in 1945! Since then we’ve continued to develop relationships with professional teams such as the New York YankeesSan Francisco GiantsNew York MetsLA Dodgers, and of course the Boston Red Sox.

We’ve also been fortunate enough to share a cup of tea with former Yankees manager, Hall of Famer Joe Torre and former Red Sox manager, Terry Francona. Whichever side of the rivalry you’re on, Bigelow Tea offers a variety of refreshing iced tea flavors to enjoy while listening to a game on the radio in the dog days of summer.

If you listen to the WEEI Red Sox station, you can hear long time Sox fan, Tim Neverett call the games. Neverett keeps his voice “in good working order” by drinking Bigelow Tea in the booth. Neverett joins a long list of broadcasters we’ve spoken with who enjoy tea for its soothing qualities. The list includes Duane KuiperHowie Rose and others. Check them out on our Bigelow Tea Sports Report.

Whether you’re at the ball park, watching on TV, or listening to the game on the radio, #TeaProudly to enhance your game day experience!

The Votes Are In: This Is When You Like To Drink Bigelow Tea

Ahem, Bigelow Tea lovers. The #TeaProudly crowd has spoken and the verdict is in from our poll: when it comes to your favorite time of the day to enjoy a cup of tea, the winner is…

As your de-stressor after a busy day.

The race was super close, though. Actually – with only five votes as the tie-breaker – the second most popular time to drink tea (at least in this unofficial #TeaProudly survey) is first thing in the morning. With or without breakfast, of course. But, hey, whether you’re drinking a cup of Earl Grey with a hearty meal or on-the-go out the door with breakfast left behind on the counter, who cares as long as you’re drinking it, right??

Runner ups: afternoon tea like our friends across the pond in the UK while catching up with a special friend; or while commuting to work or dropping the kids off at school (gotta love those to-go mugs)!

At the end of the day, we can probably all agree on one thing: any time is the right time to break out the tea! There’s a flavor for every mood, and whatever the time, we tea drinkers are a community of our own. That’s right. After all, that’s the #TeaProudly way. Whether you’re sharing it with loved ones, relaxing with a steaming mug on the couch or drinking it to start your day the healthier way, there’s no doubt – a cup of tea brings us together. Are you making time for tea today?

Bigelow Tea Shows Off Its Sense Of Humors, Thanks To Chocolate And Tea!

Before there was modern medicine, there was humorism. And then, chocolate and tea (and other New World goodies, like coffee) messed up everything. What exactly does that mean? Grab your mug of Bigelow Tea and let’s get learning.

The concept of humors – also known as humorism or humoralism – was a system of medicine detailing the makeup and workings of the human body. It was adopted by Ancient Greek and Roman physicians and philosophers, including Hippocrates and Galen. Basically, the belief was that the human body was made up of four humors, or fluids: blood, phlegm, black bile and yellow bile. (A little gross, we know.) The key to this pseudo-medical system was finding equilibrium. Every person had a unique humoral composition and if the individual’s body fell out of balance, they’d get sick.

For centuries, this is how medicine worked: get sick, then eat this or drink that. For example, if someone had a fever, the belief was that they were too hot, so they needed to eat something cold. Anyhow, this worked well enough until new foods were introduced that didn’t fit into the pre-assigned categories. When chocolate, tea and others were brought to the Western world in the 1600s, madness ensued (or maybe, the tea hit the fan??) because they were considered to be dietary chameleons. In fact, in 1687, Nicolas de Blegny, physician and pharmacist to France’s Louis XIV, even wrote a book on the “correct” usage of tea and chocolate to cure illness. How about that?

Eventually, modern medicine became the way of the present (and future) – thanks to technology and inventions like the microscope. Long story short: tea and chocolate may have been disrupters at one point, but they powered through. And with Bigelow Tea, you get the best of both worlds – even in the same cup (or dish). Take Bigelow’s Chocolate Chai Tea – chocolate coupled with black tea and spice… ab fab (absolutely fabulous) or the ever so popular Benefits Chocolate and Almond Herbal tea (serious yum!!). Curious to take these tea and chocolate from mug to plate? Here are a few favorite recipes! Enjoy!

Earl Grey Milk Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 10 bags Bigelow Earl Grey Tea*
  • 2 cups (12-ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (6-ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

In 2-quart saucepan, over medium heat, bring evaporated milk to a simmer. Add 10 tea bags; steep 5 minutes. Remove bags from evaporated milk and squeeze to remove liquid; discard bags. Add remaining sauce ingredients to tea milk mixture. Stir until chocolate chips melt (2 to 3 minutes). If necessary, heat over low heat to help melt chocolate chips. To serve: place a scoop of ice cream in bowl. Top with Earl Grey chocolate sauce. Refrigerate remaining chocolate sauce. Re-heat refrigerated Earl Grey sauce over low heat until softened to desired consistency.

Chewy Chocolate Mint Brownies

Ingredients

  • Bigelow Mint Medley Herbal Tea Bags
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 ¾ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup (1-½ sticks) unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 9×13 inch baking pan, greased and floured

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set the rack on the middle setting. Place tea bags in ½ cup of hot water. Set aside to cool, and then remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid from bags. Meanwhile, place 1-¼ cups of the chocolate chips and butter in a metal bowl. Set over a saucepan filled with about 2 inches of water, to create a double-boiler. Heat on low and let chocolate and butter melt, stirring frequently. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs and sugars until well blended. Add the cooled tea mixture and whisk to combine. Add a few tablespoons of the melted chocolate/butter combination to the egg mixture and stir to combine. Add the remaining chocolate and incorporate. Lastly, add the flour and remaining ½ cup of chocolate chips, mixing until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake approximately 25 minutes. Center will feel firm but still moist. Bake 5-10 minutes longer for a drier brownie. Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into 20 squares.

Darjeeling & Dark Chocolate Pots

Ingredients

  • ½ cup whole milk
  • Bigelow® Darjeeling Tea Bags
  • ¾ cup bittersweet chocolate chips (60% cacao content) or semi-sweet chips
  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

In a glass measuring cup, heat milk in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until very hot. Alternatively, this step can be done in a small saucepan over medium-high heat on the stovetop. Place the tea bags in the hot milk and allow to steep for 2 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze out tea bags into milk before discarding. Meanwhile, place chocolate chips in a blender and process until finely chopped. Pour the hot tea infused milk over the chocolate and blend until smooth, about one minute. Add egg and a pinch of salt and blend again to incorporate fully. Note: It is important that the milk is hot to ensure the chocolate melts completely and creates the right consistency. Divide mixture evenly between four tea cups (or individually sized ramekins) and place in refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes. During this time, the mixture will firm up to the consistency of pudding. Serve chilled, with any combination of the following garnishes: whipped cream, fresh raspberries, or fresh mint leaves.

YouTube Famous: A Look Back at Bigelow Tea’s Favorite Videos

Think back to your favorite family home video – the clothes that people are wearing (those high-waisted shorts!), the hairstyles (80s hair!), everything that’s changed in the world since then (whoa, technology!). Well, just like you love your family videos, Bigelow Tea does, too. That’s why it’s so much fun to do a flashback and highlight a few fave videos from YouTube.

Learn about the story behind “Constant Comment®” – told by Co-Chairman David Bigelow:

President and CEO Cindi Bigelow adds a bit of wit and fun while showing you how to make a yummy Greenie Martini. Watch until the end – otherwise you’ll miss the shake-off.

Learn the art behind the perfect cup of tea (don’t worry, the tea police won’t come after you if you don’t!):

And then there was that time one of our employees, Jamaar Wright, wrote a rap for Bigelow Tea (it’s pretty cool).

So, yeah, while a lot has changed over the years, one thing that never changes is this: a good cup of tea makes everything better. Wouldn’t you agree?  #TeaProudly

Aw, Shucks, Thanks For All The #TeaProudly Love, Bigelow Tea Fans!

Bigelow Tea drinkers are SERIOUSLY the best. And they’re also the greatest at sharing their #TeaProudly moments! Obviously, you all know what #TeaProudly is by now, but just in case you don’t (hey, new tea drinkers!), here’s how it works. We all love tea, right? And along with our passion (yours and ours!), is the fun we all have in sharing what’s important. Because who doesn’t love to talk about favorite tea flavors, awesome mugs, cool tea memories with friends and family, and any other time tea has rocked our world?!

Just in case you missed some of these special #TeaProudly confessions online, here are a few fun tidbits right here. Hey, maybe this will inspire you to leave your own tea thoughts in the comments of this blog, on our TeaProudly site, or anywhere in social (just tag with #TeaProudly so we can join in on the fun!).

So, when are you tea lovers enjoying a cup of Bigelow?

Jeff Cusick: Earl grey in the morning to get it going (9 AM), Green Tea for avoiding the lunch sleepiness (12pm), and perfect peach after work/ before bed to relax (10PM) #TeaProudly

Deborah Reese: Anytime is a great time for Bigelow Tea!!! #TeaProudly

Tammy Rainy: Ideally, one cup at breakfast, a cup between each meal, and one more right before bed, obviously! #TeaProudly

Andrea Thomas Barnes: Right after a workout! Tea poured over ice! #TeaProudly

@ChristyGdrink more hot tea at work and iced tea at home! #TeaProudly

And when it comes to enjoying a cup, here’s what you had to say:

Tiffany Rose Ibarra: [“Constant Comment®”] My “comfort” tea!

@Lisastankovic: Feeling a bit of a #hotmess today! Nothing a little #bigelow tea and a splash of #torani can’t solve!

@17_days_at_a_time: Morning fuel!

@rockitsloth: It’s summer outside but winter in my heart. So excited I still have these! #bigelowtea #gingersnap @bigelowtea

And, hey, if you’re not drinking tea, you’re at least thinking about it!

@beccakae13: Our favorite @bigelowtea mug chipped, so we #upcycled a cute planter! #succulents #TeaProudly

We hope you’re thinking about a cup of tea now (if you weren’t already). Never pass up an opportunity to brew, sip and savor – and share those moments with #TeaProudly!

Fill Your Life With Good Tea And Good Company – #TeaProudly Style

Think about your inner circle. Those people that are most important to you. Go on, take a second. Make that list in your mind. Got it? Okay. Now, imagine sitting down with all of them at a table for a few hours – obviously with a few pitchers of iced Bigelow Tea, maybe outside in the sunshine. The laughs, the honest conversations, the memories, the feeling of being perfectly content with your favorite people.

That’s what #TeaProudly is all about.

Where did it all begin, you may wonder? As a proud third-generation family-run business, Bigelow Tea’s founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow created the flagship “Constant Comment” tea in 1945.  From that moment on—one tea bag at a time—Bigelow Tea has reinvented tea in America by providing tea lovers with a selection of more than 150 flavors of black, green, oolong, and herbal teas using premium ingredients and foil pouches for each tea bag, so you can sip and savor the highest quality, most delicious cup of tea.

But let’s get real, drinking tea is so much more, right? Tea is warm (even if it’s iced, it warms up the soul!) and cozy. It connects people and invites conversation, one cup at a time. Tea is second only to water as the most widely consumed beverage in the world and it’s especially cool that 82% of Americans drink tea—that’s more than 158 million people who count tea as a top beverage choice. Tea is now considered trendy, with 42 percent of Americans under age 30 preferring to drink tea and 27 percent drink tea exclusively. Historically, while tea holds a special place in many cultures near and far, today we consider tea drinking a proud American tradition! Just think, millions of us share the love of tea in common. This is something to talk about… something to share. As an industry leader, Bigelow Tea is taking the very tea movement inspired in America to the next level.

#TeaProudly is a celebration for those who find joy in the simplicity of the day-to-day – like a long conversation over a few glasses of iced tea. So, what are you waiting for? Grab those friends and loved ones, plan a get-together and chat your hearts out over some tea. Then, tell us about it. Tag your group shot with #TeaProudly and show the world how tea is bringing you together!

As If You Needed Another Reason to #TeaProudly With Bigelow! (Okay, How About 5??)

Whoa. Did you know that Americans consumed almost 84 billion servings of tea last year?? That’s ahhh-mazing! Just think, millions of us around the country share the love of tea in common. Historically, while tea holds a special place in many cultures near and far, today Bigelow Tea considers tea drinking a proud American tradition! And the Tea Association of the U.S.A. has the numbers to prove it – talk about #TeaProudly!

  1. Go halfsies? Each day, more than one half of the American population drinks tea. Regionally, the South and Northeast have the greatest concentration of tea drinkers.
  2. Like, obviously. Approximately four in five consumers drink tea, with Millennials being the most likely (87% of millennials drink tea). Yeahhh!
  3. Black tea for the win. About 80% of all tea consumed in 2016 was black tea, 16% was green tea, and the rest was Oolong, white and dark teas.
  4. Important import. The U.S. is the third largest importer of tea in the world, after Russia and Pakistan, and the only western country to grow in tea imports and consumption.
  5. Ice, ice, baby. Nearly 80% of tea consumed in America is served over ice.

Do you know how much we love tea at Bigelow? Let’s hope so! As a proud third-generation family-run business, Bigelow Tea founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow created the flagship “Constant Comment” tea in 1945. From that moment on, one tea bag at a time, Bigelow has reinvented tea in America by providing tea drinkers with a selection of more than 130 flavors of black, green, oolong, and herbal teas using premium ingredients and foil pouches for each tea bag so you can sip and savor the highest quality, most delicious cup of tea. Why? Well, of course it’s because YOU deserve the best!

If you love tea as much as we do, consider joining the #TeaProudly movement! #TeaProudly is a welcoming place that keeps all tea lovers informed about what’s brewing and gives rise to expression, both yours and ours together. We, and tea lovers across the country, want to hear from you about why you #TeaProudly, why you make tea your beverage of choice, when you drink it, who you share your tea moments with, and what special memories have been made over a warm, beautiful cup of tea. Join the conversation at http://www.teaproudly.com/ and tag your special moments using #TeaProudly. Cheers!