Monday, March 31, 2014

Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory

Our sight-seeing expedition on Saturday took us to Boulder to the Celestial Seasonings Tea factory. This is something I had wanted to do at various times we had been in or through Colorado on vacation. Since Boulder's a little off the beaten path we never had worked it in.

The tour starts in the "tasting room" where we were given our "tea kits" (tickets) in the form a 3-bag sampler pack of tea to take home, along with a little cup for sipping samples of various teas while we waited for the tour to start.
Photos weren't allowed inside the factory, so I have no pictures to show you. The first thing we noticed when we went in was the strong fragrance of tea and herbs. It was so interesting to see the huge bales of dried tea and other botanicals and see how it was processed. The Mint Room was the most impressive part of the tour. We came to a garage-style door painted with red-and-white stripes. The tour guide raised the door and invited us to step inside. There really wasn't much to see, but oh, the smell! Dozens of wrapped bales stacked high above our heads isolated into a vault-like room concentrated the fragrance of mint into an intense experience. The Mint Room is where they store peppermint, spearmint, and catnip.
 The tour guide told us that Celestial Seasonings' best-selling tea is Sleepytime. (So of course, one of their photo props was the Sleepytime bear.) Chamomile is the second best-selling, with peppermint being third. Peppermint has always been my favorite herbal tea, though I do enjoy others as well. We were also told that most of their peppermint comes from Washington and Oregon. There were peppermint fields near where we lived in Idaho, as well. I always enjoyed driving past them at harvest time. Mmmm!
 I think my family wasn't too sure about going on a tea factory tour when I first suggested it, but they admitted that it was more interesting than they expected it to be. And of course, we had to bring home a few "new" teas to try.


Jan said...

Fun! Love Sleepy Time Tea! I have for years. That sounds like a really fun tour!

Glad you are finally get some time to enjoy yourselves and for you to write!

Farrah said...

That's my kind of tour!!!!