What Makes A Good English Breakfast Tea

Sep 25, 2020 | Birchall, Birchall Blog, Birchall's Brand, Excellence

A quintessentially good English Breakfast Tea is a British favourite amongst tea lovers and the Birchall Great Rift Breakfast tea is no exception. 

There is a reason this highly regarded blend remains to be our best selling tea. Birchall’s Great Rift Breakfast blend was recently acknowledged for its impeccable taste, winning it’s 10th annual Great Taste Award in a row. 

Providing a wonderful start to your day, the deliciously strong blend is bursting with brightness and flavour, uniquely refreshing, delivered using the knowledge passed down five generations of Birchall Graham’s family. Available in biodegradable, plant based tea bags or as a loose leaf tea at an affordable price. 

What makes a good quality English Breakfast tea?

  1. Where the tea is sourced from 

This supreme breakfast tea, captures the freshness and delicious taste of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, one of the most renowned tea-growing regions in the world. It is sourced exclusively from estates across East Africa, from Rwanda through to the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, where the very best teas are found. The high altitude, lush volcanic soil and heavy rainfall of this equatorial area combine to create the perfect set of conditions for growing tea of unparalleled flavour and taste.

  1. The method

We speak with Daniel Graham, Managing Director and one of Birchall’s founding members, who says “ there are a number of simple components when it comes to tea making including the temperature, the brewing time and the water used.” 

  • Temperature – The correct temperature for brewing a Great Rift Breakfast Blend is 100 degrees to allow the leaves to fully open and release our award-winning flavour. 
  • Time – Always leave the tea bag in for the recommended time, we recommend 2 minutes. If you brew the tea for too long, it can become bitter; take the bag out too soon and the aromas may not have developed. We all know taste is subjective, so try taste testing to find your perfect cup of tea.
  • Water – Freshly drawn water, as oxygen within the water is key here. For the best, liveliest cup of tea you’ll need freshly drawn water. That means filling your kettle with fresh, filtered water. We like to use a BRITA filter, who recommend  “you remove the taste-impairing substances found in unfiltered water to enjoy the full flavour.” 

Water that has been sitting in the kettle for a while, or more likely boiled over and over again, will lack oxygen, leaving your tea tasting flat. The reason for this is that the best flavour is drawn out of the tea leaves using oxygen-rich water. 

  1. The tea bag 

We recommend using a Plastic-Free tea bag, Birchall uses biodegradable Plant-Based Everyday Tea Bags that are biodegradable. 

  1. Taking the time to enjoy it. 

It’s important to take time out and indulge with a little self-care. Sit back and enjoy a cup of tea and appreciate the taste of Birchall. 

It is the Birchall commitment to make exceptional tea the norm in households across the world, and we’re demonstrating that this can be done with small adjustments. We want to restore prestige to our national drink and help people demand good quality tea on every occasion. 

What is a good food pairing for English Breakfast tea? 

English Breakfast tea works well with a traditional full-English breakfast, but is equally as good alongside a crispy pastry or buttered toast. 

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