As your local tea connoisseurs, we couldn’t think of a better way to start your day than with a rich and robust English Breakfast tea. Whether it’s a mighty big mug to kickstart your day or an afternoon pick-me-up with your best fine bone china set for some much-needed me time, there’s no denying T2 is home to the best English Breakfast tea — the ultimate crowd pleaser.

The origins of English Breakfast tea

English Breakfast tea can be traced back to the 19th century in England, where tea was a staple of British culture. During this time, the blending of various black teas became a popular practice, resulting in the creation of the iconic English Breakfast tea blend we know and love today.

Discover the unique flavour profile of English Breakfast tea for yourself

English Breakfast tea is a classic black tea blend derived from the Camellia sinensis plant in Sri Lanka that’s gained worldwide popularity. It blends several black teas, typically including Assam, Ceylon and Kenyan teas. This harmonious combination creates a bold and refreshing brew known for its rich flavour and dark amber colour.

It boasts a strong and malty flavour with a hint of sweetness. Its robust nature makes it ideal for starting the day, providing a much-needed energy boost. The tea leaves in this blend undergo a thorough oxidation process, contributing to its bold and full-bodied taste.

When brewed, English Breakfast tea exudes a pleasant aroma that tantalises the senses. Its dark amber hue is visually appealing and reflects the tea's rich, intoxicating flavours. Whether enjoyed plain or with a dash of milk and a touch of sugar, this tea never fails to deliver a satisfying and invigorating experience. Choose from T2’s loose-leaf and tea bag varieties for a special teatime treat every time you open your cabinet.

Does English Breakfast tea have caffeine?

English Breakfast tea’s caffeine content, along with its cousins Melbourne Breakfast tea and New York breakfast tea, is on par with almost any blend of black tea, from Assam to Earl Grey or Chai. While all types of black tea contain less caffeine than coffee, they have more caffeine than:

How to brew the perfect mug of English breakfast tea

Brewing English breakfast tea to perfection requires careful attention to detail. Here is our step-by-step guide to help you achieve the best English breakfast tea every time that will impress your tea-loving tastebuds:

  1. Use a dash of boiling water to warm your beautiful T2 teapot, teamaker, teacup or tea mug with infuser.
  2. Add English Breakfast tea bags to the teacups or one scoop of English Breakfast loose-leaf tea per cup to your teapot, teamaker or tea mug with infuser.
  3. Add boiling water at 100°C and brew for 2-4 minutes.
  4. Serve to your preferred taste as a strong black tea or with a splash of milk and/or a sprinkle of sugar.

The art of pairing English Breakfast tea

To elevate your tea-drinking experience, pair your English Breakfast tea with complementary flavours. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Pastries and baked goods — Indulge in the classic combination of English Breakfast tea and freshly baked scones from your local bakery, muffins or biscuits. The tea's robust flavours are the ideal companion for the sweetness of these treats.
  • Cheese and crackers — Explore the savoury side of English Breakfast tea by pairing it with your favourite go-to cheeses and crackers. The tea's boldness balances the rich and creamy flavours of the cheese.
  • Breakfast fare — As the name suggests, English Breakfast tea traditionally bodes well with traditional English brekkie items we know and love, like eggs, bacon and toast. The tea's hearty flavour complements these comfort meals like no other.

Sit back and relish the taste of T2’s English Breakfast tea

English breakfast tea is a revered beverage known for its bold flavours and invigorating qualities. Embrace its hearty, well-rounded flavour profile and immerse yourself in the rich experience it offers. Learn how to brew the perfect mugful of tea, savour each sip and let our exclusive range of English breakfast tea awaken your senses. At T2, we travel worldwide to find the best quality tea for a delightful blend from leaf to mug every time. Explore our entire range of tea and shop from your nearest T2 store, or enjoy free shipping for purchases over $50.


What is English Breakfast tea?

English Breakfast tea is typically made by combining different black teas, such as Assam, Ceylon and Kenyan teas. The blend is known for its rich flavour, malty undertones and deep reddish-brown colour when brewed. You can enjoy it with a dash of milk and sweeten it with sugar or honey if preferred.

This tea blend gained popularity in the 19th century and became a staple morning beverage in British households, now enjoyed by tea enthusiasts worldwide. It’s traditionally served alongside a traditional English breakfast with bacon, eggs, sausage, baked beans, grilled tomatoes and toast.

Choose from tea bags or loose-leaf tea to brew a delightful mug of tea according to your personal preferences.

Is English Breakfast black tea?

Yes, English Breakfast tea is a type of black tea derived from the Camellia sinensis plant. It blends several black teas, typically including Assam, Ceylon and Kenyan teas.

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