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From traditional to unconventional,
we break down the best teas to start your day
Ask the person next to you on the subway what they had for breakfast, and the answer could be zilch. As grownups, we often have little time for the most important meal of the day. Skipping our daily bread, instead, we idolize the ritual of the weekend brunch (the reservations, the specials, the bottomless mimosas!). This guide to breakfast teas – the traditional and the unconventional – is about to change all that.
Whether you're pressed for time or have all the time in the world, tea is a wonderful way to start your day –and with so many breakfast teas to choose from, you'll rarely get bored.
Traditionally, breakfast teas are a blend of various black teas grown in India, Sri Lanka and sometimes Kenya. Though not all of our traditional breakfast teas are blends (Kenyan Tinderet and Organic Happy Valley Darjeeling are single origin), they all have a characteristic robust and rich taste. No matter how you start your day – big weekend brunch or a light snack – this selection of teas is meant to complement your morning meal and energize you for the day ahead.
According to a few respectable drinkers (see above), the best tea to drink in the morning is a green tea. Often more refreshing than a black breakfast tea, green teas are known for L-theanine, a unique amino acid that can help increase focus and mindfulness.
As far as we're concerned, the best tea to have with breakfast is any tea you want. We l-o-v-e a traditional blend, but you know what we love more? A tea that fits your morning routine and preferences. A blend that makes you want to get out of bed, helps you feel on top of your game and gives you the boost you need (whatever that means to you). These energizing blends are flavour-forward, use unconventional tea bases (i.e. yerba mate and guayusa) and taste great as a latte.
Some dishes are better served cold, like our top picks for warm mornings or the right drink for a post-workout refresher. When you want a breakfast tea to wake you up and cool you down, you can’t do better than these.
On those rare mornings where you have the time to prepare something different, may we suggest a sweet and easy treat? French toast is less fussy than pancakes or crepes but is just as satisfying and can be as elaborate or simple as you like. The best part? It only takes 5 minutes to prepare and there’s no cooking required.