Irish breakfast, English breakfast, Australian breakfast, Scottish breakfast?
Hmmm… I think there are a few more?
Sydney breakfast, Melbourne breakfast, My Breakfast, iBreakfast…?
There are so many kinds of English breakfast tea or breakfast tea. So are they really different?
So it starts with English breakfast and there are variations.
The name no longer really implies much, it’s really just a name.
If you feel like calling yours, “my unusual breakfast”, that's cool too.
Basically, breakfast just simply gives you an implication that it is a black tea that you can add milk and sugar to it, if you so prefer.
Generally speaking, (English) breakfast tea has a good balance between aroma, strength and tea flavour.
Having said that, it does not really necessarily guarantee it, nowadays, with all this creative variations.
The few more talked about common ones are, English breakfast (obviously), Irish breakfast (which is a little more chopped up, a little bit stronger than English breakfast), then Scottish breakfast (which is again a little bit stronger and a little bit more chopped up).
But again, this really is no longer any sort of markers as such that can guarantee anything in particular because, even with English breakfast.
Our English breakfast is kind of chopped up but I have seen quite large leaf ones and I have certainly seen much lower grade ones that are tiny cuts which they actually call “dust” in the industry.
So, there you have it, I mean it’s just really not a specific enough of indication, the best thing to do is to look at the photos of the product and it you are not sure, ask your tea supplier.
Don’t hesitate to find out more about it, before you make the decision of which breakfast tea is YOUR breakfast tea.
For English Breakfast lovers, consider
• larger leaves = more fragrant brew, and
• more chopped up leaves = stronger brew, but not as fragrant
You can always mix the two above to get the best of both worlds.