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Bigelow company makes a variety of teas in Fairfield

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FAIRFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Tea has been proven to reduce your blood pressure, control your weight gain and wake you up in the morning. 

Eyewitness News went to Bigelow Tea where making tea is a family tradition for one Connecticut family.

After water, tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, not coffee. 

Cynthia Bigelow is one of the Bigelows whose tea company is known worldwide.

"We're actually very blessed. We sell about 1.6 billion bags a year," said Bigelow, who is President and CEO of Bigelow Tea.

When looking at the bags Bigelow Tea at its headquarters, it appears if one is looking at a library of teas because of the number of choices.

Bigelow said the company has "anything from organics to our specialty blends to loose teas."

Before they arrive on store shelves, the tea leaves are grown in places such as China, India, Sri Lanka and South Carolina. Then the leaves are shipped  to the Bigelow Tea headquarters in Fairfield.

Bigelow officials said they are tested, blended and tested again.

"This is the analytical lab. Here's where we taste between 25,000 and 30,000 cups of tea and ingredients per year," said Lisa Feather, who is an analytical lab supervisor. 

The lab personnel warm up the tea just like you do at home and test it for consistency.

Feather said after that they, test for "flavor, aroma, color."

Eventually the leaves will be mixed into a machine before being placed into tea bags where they will be sorted and packaged based on flavor in these boxes.

"We do all of the designing right here in Connecticut. All of the design work is done here. Our artist is in Bridgeport," Bigelow said.

Bigelow said one of their primary concerns is about quality of their products. That's the reason why every five minutes the product is pulled from one of their machines opened and inspected to make sure its up to their standards  .

The company got its start during the Great Depression.

"My grandmother started the business. She was an interior designer when the depression hit and she lost everything," Bigelow said. "She was a real entrepreneur. She felt that there wasn't a really good tea in the country. It was all black tea."

Bigelow said her grandmother started selling Chai tea. Now the company sells over 128 different flavors. During the visit by Eyewitness News, Bigelow talked about a new line of tea she's launching next week.

"Novice is a large leaf tea that is in a completely biodegradable bag so it gives the consumer the opportunity to have loose but also in a tea bag," Bigelow said.

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