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“Great factory tour”

Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory
Ranked #1 of 23 Food & Drink in Boulder
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Discover how tea is made on a tour that includes a video, a walk through the Celestial Herb Garden, a tour of the tea bag factory and a visit to the aromatic Mint Room.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Pa
Level 6 Contributor
274 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Great factory tour”
Reviewed April 22, 2012

Everything about this factory tour is great. The waiting area is filled with the history of the company and gallons of free samples to try. Even your entry ticket is a free sample package of tea! The guides are knowledgeable and willing to take extra time to explain details. You get to be very close to the actual operation of the factory- not a simulated tour of something that looks like it might be a factory. They even take you into the mint storage facility, which is a study of personal endurance. I'm not making this up- you have to try it for yourself! The tour will make you a devotee of Celestial Seasonings Teas.

Visited August 2011
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“a tasty way to spend an hour”
Reviewed April 21, 2012

Date of visit: Sat 4/14/12

There's a great opportunity to sample various tea flavors before the tours, if you arrive a little early. As you sip, be sure to take a look at some of the box design artwork on the walls and the fun tea-related art in the glass cases.

The tours start with a 15 minute video, followed by the 30 minute tour. BE SURE TO VISIT THE BATHROOM BEFORE THE VIDEO, because once you're in there, they warn you that all that tea you just drank might cause a problem for you during the tour, because there are no bathroom facilities once you leave the video. Go after their warning, and you miss the video.

This tour is ok for children, though be prepared to keep them by your side at all times. There's no room to run around or stray, the floors can be a little slick with tea dust, and there is machinery nearby.

There is a GREAT giftshop at the end of the tour - much bigger than the one before the tour starts, so wait til the end and save yourself the hassle of carrying it!

My only complaint was the tourguide. She was engaging, enthusiastic, knowledgable and really tried to make things fun by telling some jokes, but... her voice was SO high-pitched and theatrical that it was distracting us from what she was trying to say. I overheard other people saying the same thing. I know she probably loves her job, but I do think that companies need to hire tour guides that aren't going to make you not want to hear what they have to say. I feel bad for saying that... but it lessened the experience. If you go, you'll definitely know you had the same tour guide as I did by the time she's done introducing the video.

Definitely a worthwhile stop if you're in Boulder. Allow 45 mins for the tour, plus 15 mins to get there early for sampling ... and some time for the gift shop afterward.

Visited April 2012
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“If you are in Boulder try and visit this place”
Reviewed April 20, 2012

We were in Boulder and decided to visit celestial seasoning factory. It was a good trip for us as they were offering samples of all the varities of tea they house. We tried at least 10 different types before decideing to buy a few. The cost of buying was also much cheaper (20-25%) than in retail stores. We also had a factory tour. They showed us a video clip for 15 minutes, which was followed by a guided tour of the factory. Since we visited on a Sunday they did not have any machines in operation. Anyways, it was still OK becuase the actual tea is not made in the US but they import them from various countires like China, India, Brazil....and some countries in Africa. The only carry out packaging in the US and we have been told that Boulder is the only place where it happens for the celestial seasonings. Hope you get luck and get to try different blends of tea.

Visited March 2012
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Lubbock
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Okay for a Saturday”
Reviewed April 17, 2012

Be forewarned, if you go on the tour on Sat or Sun, there will be no production going on. That means it is far less noisey, but also (in my opinion) less interesting. They do hawk the products a lot but kind of expected that. The guide was knowledgable and chatty. She did try hard to make it fun. This is a fun family activity. But try to go avoid the weekend. :)

Visited April 2012
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Lafayette, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Interesting, great fun, lovely teas!”
Reviewed April 15, 2012

I have been taking the Celestial Tea tour for over ten years and though it has evolved, it is always a good time. The story of the company traces it's roots from hippies gathering herbs on the hillsides of Boulder to the present where Celestial is part of a large corporation. The best part of the tour for me is the mint room - a surprising experience! The cafeteria has great food if you're hungry (and it's open) while you are there. And the gift shop has a wide variety of teas and other items including things from other small area companies (ie. Hammonds Candy). This is great for locals and tourists alike!

Visited January 2012
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