Last week I had the privilege of touring the Celestial Seasonings facility in Boulder, Colorado with my friend, Susan!
This remarkable company has been dedicated to providing health, wellness and delicious teas and other products to the consumer for more than 40 years.
Founded by Mo Siegel, Peggy Clute and Wyck Hay in 1969, they are the largest herbal tea company in North American, producing 1.2 billion cups of tea per year. Their first tea was Mo’s 36 Herb Tea and they sold 10,000 bags in local health food stores that year.
Celestial Seasonings is a member of the Global Food Safety Initiative and is an Organic Fair Trade Company. They were the pioneers in the herbal tea market and continue to adhere to strict guidelines to remain organic and pesticide, herbicide and insecticide free teas.
Here is my top 10 list of why I Love Celestial Seasonings Teas!
Okay, 11 because I LOVE their packaging, too!
- The wonderful assortment of Holiday Teas!
These include Candy Cane Lane, Gingerbread Spice, Nutcracker Sweet, Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride, Sugar Plum Spice, and Cranberry Vanilla Wonderland!
- Celestial Seasonings offers more than 11 blends of Wellness Teas.
There’s a tea for most things: building the immune system, sleep issues, detoxing, flu and cold management, digestive issues and metabolism balancers.
- In the late 1990’s Celestial Seasonings introduced the health benefits of green tea to millions of Americans.
Green tea is full of antioxidants and Vitamin C. I also learned that they add an additional 20 percent of our recommended daily amounts to each of their servings. There are 13 blends, which have less caffeine than a typical cup of coffee, along with several naturally decaffeinated varieties.
- They offer K-Cups for their all- natural teas for those of you with Keurig brewing systems!
How easy and convenient is that!
- They source more than 100 different ingredients from more than 35 countries for their teas.
They are proud of the relationships they have built over decades with families that ensure adherence to their strict guidelines and thus provide a living year after year for those families. In the U.S., Celestial Seasonings buys their peppermint and spearmint teas from Oregon and Washington.
- Celestial Seasonings saves 3.5 million pounds of waste by NOT using strings or tags on their bags.
Rather, they use a unique pillow-style tea bag.
- During their busy season (October – March) they produce 500,000 boxes per day or 10 million tea bags per day.
This ensures that their 80 percent market in the US and 20 percent international needs are met. Thank you, Celestial Seasonings!
- The Celestial Seasonings name comes from one of the original co-founders, Lucinda Ziesings’ nickname.
Apparently she was so pretty that kids used to claim that she was “seasoned in heaven” as shared by Roger, our tour guide and Celestial Seasoning’s employee of 37 years.
- Would you guess that Red Zinger and a red lifesaver have something in common?
According to our tour guide, Roger, red lifesavers were a favorite of another co-founder, Wyck Hay. And thus the name and flavor of my favorite iced tea!
- Sleeptime was developed in 1972 and remains their most popular tea.
What’s also cool is the company address is on Sleepytime Drive in Boulder!
For more information on this remarkable company dedicated to Passion and People click here.
And here are some Holiday Recipes by Celestial Seasonings, including Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Martini, Candy Cane Lane Cocoa, and Nutcracker Sweet Latte. Click here.
This holiday season why don’t we all give the coffee a little break and treat ourselves to some of their 87 healthy, delicious teas!
Peace and Good Health!
Photos Courtesy of Celestial Seasonings.