As the world flocks to coffee houses every morning like their lives depend on it, I am heading for my cup of tea. I am not a coffee drinker, but I understand that some people can’t function in the morning until there first cup. I just never acquired the taste I guess. But I have grown a fond liking of Celestial Seasonings teas, here in Boulder, Colorado, especially the Peppermint and Mint Magic, yum.
Before we moved her to Colorado and Celestial Seasonings was one of the first places we visited on our trip (besides Coors, lol). Now that we live here I have visited many times, but I am still quite impressed with their building, their tour, and the quality of their various teas. They have green tea, chai tea, rooibos tea, wellness tea, Cool Brew iced tea, plus many other types of tea. The choices seem endless.When you first walk into the building you can smell several different types of teas but it very hard to decipher between them after a while. All I remember was that the room smelt wonderful. Once you sign you are given a pack of tea bags (yeas a free gift as soon as you walk in! ) which tells you which tour you will be on. The hostess then directs you to the taste room where you can sample as many of the different teas available while you wait for the tour. This was amazing. I love all their teas, and to be able to try as many as I wanted was exciting.While we were drinking our tea, we wondered around and looked at their artwork they have all around the taste room. It is interesting to see some of the packaging that has been used since Celestial Seasonings started in 1969. It was nice to see how things have changed through the years. Try to take some time to look around before or after your tour.
As it turned out we only had about 20 minutes before our tour started, but it tried a few. They also told us we could come back to sample more after the tour. Yeah! The tour begins with a short little video about tea and its origins. They give us a brief idea of what we will see on the tour as well as some safety rules. However, the best part of the video is at the end when they tell us we have to wear a hair net on the tour. The first time I went with two of my nieces I didn’t tell them this part beforehand and waited to see their expressions. It was priceless, lol.The tour actually last about 45 minutes and they teach us how their tea is made from raw ingredients to the finished product. It is really interesting and I love watching the robotic arm move boxes around in the packaging area. However the best part of the tour, hands down, is the Mint Room. My mom and I can’t get enough of it. We wish they would do tours of just the mint room, lol. It smells so wonderful and really clears your passages. Lol
The tour ends in the gift shop which has all available teas for sale as well as cute little teapot sets. Of course they have much more, but these are the things that always stick out to me. It was a great tour and something you should try to do when in the Boulder area.During the tour we also learned that they have 105 varieties of tea, 2.1 million visitors a year, and that all of their tea is made at their facility here in Colorado. That’s pretty amazing and shocking. They state that they serve 1.6 billion cups of tea per year. That’s a crazy statistic. I would definitely add to that though if I were to work there, lolI love going to Celestial Seasonings and enjoy bringing out of town guest to enjoy this wonderful place. It is also a place to come, have a cup of tea, and just relax. It’s always nice to get a break once in a while. I will leave you with one more thing, a question. Do you know which tea is their bestselling specialty tea of all time? Make a guess below and see if you are right? Hope you enjoyed learning a little more about Celestial Seasonings. I am off to have a spot of tea, lol.
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