BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)- There’s nothing like warming up with a good cup of tea during the winter months and the Celestial Seasonings tea tour is free to visitors every day of the week.
The Celestial Seasonings factory is located at 4600 Sleepytime Drive in Boulder.
They manufacture 75 different varieties of tea made from herbs and tea from 35 different countries around the world.
“It adds up to 1.6 billion tea bags per year,” said Celestial Seasonings spokesman Steven Spencer. “That’s 10 million tea bags per day.”
The tours are very popular and Spencer believes it’s not only because the tours are free.
“We have over 140,000 people coming here every year to see how tea is made,“ said Spencer.
“I think people really enjoy seeing things made in America. Celestial Seasonings has been a Colorado company for more than 40 years. We’ve been here producing herbal teas, wellness teas like Sleepytime Sinus Soother and Echinacea Complete Care for over 40 years.”
Visitors will be able to visit the infamous “Peppermint Room” which is a unique experience that some find hard to describe.
“We isolate peppermint because it is so very, very strong. Regular tea we isolate because it will absorb the different aromas of the herbs. But as you walk through our factory there are a lot of sensory experiences, a lot of aromas, there is cinnamon, lemongrass, peppermint, and peppermint is our third best selling product, always has been, people love this room,” said Spencer.
“Mint contains menthol which is a naturally occurring alcohol found in mint. So we isolate mint so it doesn’t affect everything else. Everything has to be treated individually and separately so that we can maintain our quality and consistency.“
There are teas for everyone and every personality, no matter what time of day or night it is.
“We have teas for every mood, we have Sleepytime Sinus Soother tea, Sleepytime Throat Tamer tea, Echinacea Complete Care tea, teas for a lot of different reasons and moods and moments of your day,” said Spencer.
Celestial Seasonings factory tours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. through 4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.