How to Make the Perfect Cup of English Breakfast Tea
Are you a tea or coffee person? If your go to-beverage in the morning is coffee, you may find that you start to experience an energy crash around midmorning. To top this off you may also be experiencing negative effects such as shakes, especially if you consume more than one cup of coffee to start your day off.
To avoid this, you may be looking to make the switch to tea instead. One of the most popular breakfast beverages has to be black tea, of which English breakfast tea is one of the most well-liked varieties. In this article, you can find out more about English breakfast tea as well as learn how to prepare the perfect cup!
Understanding English Breakfast Tea
English breakfast tea does not refer to a specific type of tea but can be a blend of tea leaves from countries such as Kenya, Sri Lanka and India. Some of the most popular varieties include Ceylon tea, Assam tea and Darjeeling tea. It is typically taken with milk and sugar, although some people prefer to have theirs black.
How Does English Breakfast Tea Taste?
If you are a coffee lover, you will be pleased to know that English breakfast tea features a bold and rich flavor similar to the roasted notes of coffee. It comes with rich undertones as well as sweet and bitter notes. It is milder compared to Scottish and Irish breakfast tea.
Those who have had Earl Grey tea before can draw a comparison here. Earl Grey tea comes with a bergamot and lavender scent, giving it a citrus flavor that is not found in English breakfast tea.
Preparing the Perfect Cup of Tea
Now that you know a little bit more about English breakfast tea, it’s time to brew the perfect cup. Follow the below instructions to do so:
- Start by boiling some water, whether that is in a kettle or on the stove. If you are boiling water on the stove, you may wish to put the teabag into the pot while the water is boiling.
- Next, pour the hot water into a cup and insert the teabag or tea leaves. If you are making a brew with tea leaves, you may wish to use a tea strainer.
- Steep the teabag or leaves in the water for three to five minutes. The exact duration will depend on how strong you want your tea.
- After removing the teabag, add milk and sugar as desired.
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