Classic English Breakfast (black tea)

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Organic Classic English Breakfast Black Tea

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  • 3.3 oz Tin $19.95
  • 0.5 oz Sample $3.95
  • 2.0 oz Pouch $10.95
  • 8.0 oz Pouch $24.95
  • 1.0 lb Pouch $41.95
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Our rich, full-flavored Classic English Breakfast is smooth, straight-forward and produces a deep red cup. Excellent aroma with a slightly sweet taste and moderate complexity.

From the heralded Venture tea garden in the Uva district, Sri Lanka, this classic full leaf tea is grown bio-dynamically and, of course, organically.

This classic cup is a great way to kick-start your morning

An excellent tea, great straight or taken traditionally with a little milk and sugar.

2.0 oz Pouch $10.95 - 30 servings 37¢ per cup | 3.3 oz Tin $19.95 - 50 servings 40¢ per cup

Black Full Leaf - Rich and Flavorful

Customer Reviews

  1. May 9, 2013 Review by Kim

    English Breakfast, Afternoon & Evening! I really enjoyed this English Breakfast that in my opinion can be enjoyed any time of day. It is crisp and clean that finishes perfectly with some "white gold honey". Sugar and milk don't do this fine brew justice. Be sure to make a second pot as it is just as good as the first!

  2. February 5, 2011 Review by Mae

    This tea really deserves to be a 4.5 but I had to choose a whole number.
    It seems to be a misnomer to call this tea "English Breakfast" because it isn't a blend. However, it is a very, very tasty ceylon. I add a little assam with this every morning for my first pot of the day (you should try it). I don't take cream and sugar with it because it is so delicious on it's own. Thank you Zhi!

  3. May 19, 2009 Review by Ryan

    Fantastic! I've been searching for a good organic English Breakfast, thank you for this gorgeous tea.

  4. May 10, 2009 Review by Stephen

    A good everyday tea with some interesting notes of fruit.

  5. April 30, 2009 Review by Jeffrey M.

    Great black tea. Very high quality that can be resteeped!

  6. March 31, 2009 Review by Bruce

    Gorgeous long leaves and a really engaging body. I never get tired of this lovely tea. Like a fine lady.

  7. February 27, 2009 Review by Nick

    Love this. Although technically not a English Breakfast (as it is not a blend) tea, it is fine.

  8. February 22, 2009 Review by Marla

    What a beautiful tea. The leaves are almost purple and the aromtaics are nice and complex. A smooth drinking tea.

  9. January 9, 2009 Review by Max

    Very good, if a bit weak for milk.

  10. November 16, 2008 Review by Julianne

    Very good brew. 4.5 stars. Fair trade is always a +

  11. October 8, 2008 Review by Mike F.

    A very interesting take on a "classic" EB. really good with milk and sugar or choice.

  12. August 17, 2008 Review by Ben

    A staple at our hhouse.

  13. February 14, 2008 Review by Carla J.

    Pretty good.

  14. February 14, 2008 Review by Jimmy

    A great tea from Sri Lanka. Single Estate goodness. Highly Recommended

  15. October 26, 2007 Review by Glenda

    Much better then the tea bags I get at Whole Foods. Loose leaf rocks!

Brew Tips
A shorter steep yields a superb straight tea needing no milk or sugar.

Water: 208°F | Leaves: 1 tsp per 6 ounce cup | Infusion Time: 3-4 minutes

Basic Steeping Tips
- Use filtered or spring water, whenever possible
- Don’t overboil water
- Remove leaves after recommended time (adjust to taste)
- If you want stronger tea, use more leaves instead of steeping for a longer time
Leaves can be resteeped 2-3 times resulting in various flavor differences. Don’t throw out those leaves until they have given it all up!
Black tea has a class of polyphenols that protect your bones and teeth (help the body from pulling calcium) and is good for your heart. Black tea contains antioxidants and about 1/3 the amount of caffeine as found in a cup of coffee.
The English Breakfast tea is a blend of several black teas deriving from various locations, including India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Malawi, and China. It is the most popular tea in Great Britain, and most people pair it with milk and sugar. Our Classic English Breakfast is from one single estate – the Venture tea garden in the Uva district of Sri Lanka.

The origins of the English Breakfast is a bit obscure. Some say that it was actually first discovered in America, by a man named Richard Davies. He opened up a tea company, and produced a blend which he labeled English Breakfast. The blend proved to be immensely popular with the public, that Americans began to write back to England about the tea, but no Englishman had ever heard of it. Then, importers from England known as Messrs, Gordan & Talbot, directed one of their customers to go purchase ten pounds of the blend. They sent the sample to China, where they had an inventive tea maker duplicate it and was imported back to England and became a huge success.

The other legend behind this tea blend claims that it was actually invented in Edinburgh, Scotland by a tea master named Drysdale. He came up with the concept to market this blend as a “Breakfast” tea in hopes that people will pair it with breakfast. The concept quickly spread to England where tea houses in London began to add “English” to the name.

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