How to brew a perfect cup of English Breakfast Tea (cold and hot)

From the tea-producing regions of the highest tea-producing country in the world comes a sultry, malty, strong, and famous tea version, the Assam Breakfast Tea. Discovered in the early 1800s by Britishers in a tropically warm and wet region of the Himalayan mountains who wanted to outdo the Chinese tea competition, Assam Black Tea is obtained from the indigenous tea plant Camellia sinensis var assamica.


Its robust taste and high caffeine content interested Scottish explorer Robert Bruce, who entered in a friendship with Assam tea producers and exported seeds to the East India Company, then established in Calcutta (now Kolkata). His efforts slowly embarked on launching a tea version that would take the world of tea and its lovers by the storm.


However, the modern-day Assam tea is mass-produced, CTC style (crush-tear-curl), with leaves from the second flush being more esteemed. A cup of Assam Breakfast tea from his hugely produced and renowned region is a must in your affair with tea. Serving as a strong alternative to coffee, this bold and robust tea version gives you the kick of caffeine intensity you need. This popular and indigenous tea always finds its space on shelves as an English Breakfast tea.


What is English breakfast tea?

After learning the history of black tea, let’s understand how it found its name as an English Breakfast tea. It is a blend of 2-3 different black teas, but the traditional combination always includes Assam, Ceylon, Keemun, and Kenyan black tea. However, English breakfast tea will Keemun ends up on the higher price end.


Assam breakfast tea is usually blended to be consumed with milk and sugar. Its bold, full-bodied, and robust flavor, along with high caffeine content, is why people prefer to buy tea online. And English breakfast tea is not the only popular breakfast tea version; there is Irish breakfast tea using the Assam blend and Scottish breakfast tea stronger than its English counterpart. It also finds its way in Earl Grey, matcha, jasmine, sencha, and chamomile.


How to brew a cup of English breakfast tea: Ingredients you’ll need

  • English Breakfast tea: when you buy tea online, go with Loose tea leaves instead of tea sachets or tea bags since they’re of higher quality.
  • Water: Use filtered water instead of regular tap water
  • Milk & Sugar: English breakfast tea is meant to be consumed with milk and sugar, although you can serve it without as well.




Steps to make hot English breakfast tea 

  1. Boil water in an electric kettle to get the right temperature.
  2. Pour some hot water into the teapot and swirl it around for a few seconds. Discard the water and empty the teapot.
  3. Now add Assam breakfast tea into the teapot and add hot water. Cover the teapot and let it steep a little bit.
  4. Strain the breakfast tea leaves using a strainer and pour hot tea into the teacup. You can also add milk and sugar to it.


Steps to make iced English breakfast tea

You can brew the best iced teas using English breakfast tea. A cold brew creates as much smoother and more robust a cup of tea as its hot version. The steps include:

  1. Add English breakfast tea and water into a pitcher or a glass container. Cover its lid and place it in the refrigerator.
  2. Strain the English breakfast tea leaves and pour tea in a teacup. You can also add extra ice cubes to the cold-brewed tea.
  3. To sweeten it a tad bit, add simple syrup and milk.

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