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The flavor of English breakfast tea is stronger and more robust than that of green tea, and many who drink it say its rich flavor brings about a sense of alertness in the morning. Depending on its maker, the taste may be slightly sweet, bitter, or malty. An excellent English breakfast tea is hearty enough to stand up to milk and sugar, the most traditional accompaniments to this blend.
This aroma of this black tea blend calls to mind the scent of freshly cut plants or vegetables, and the more fermented the leaves are, the stronger the aroma will be. Its preparation carries an added benefit: when a pot of English breakfast tea is made, its pleasant aroma often lingers in the air for an hour or two.
The benefits of English breakfast tea (and all black tea varieties) are plentiful.* Black tea contains a substantial amount of potassium, an electrolyte thought to increase energy and improve hydration. Studies have shown that potassium may reduce blood pressure. Black tea leaves also have a moderate level of manganese, a nutrient known to improve the density of the bones. When combined with vitamin E, the natural substance may help to regulate the body's metabolism, and can also help modulate the body’s blood sugar levels.
English breakfast tea offers a significant concentration of theanine, an amino acid that may help a person to relax and bring about a sense of overall well-being. A single cup of black tea commonly contains 35 to 50 milligrams of caffeine, and studies have shown theanine’s ability to enhance the effects of caffeine while keeping us calm, sharpening our focus and placing us in a state of alert relaxation.
Black tea is also loaded with catechins – typically 20 to 28 milligrams per cup. These polyphenols are anti-inflammatory alkaloids that could reduce oxidation in the body, slowing the cellular signs of aging. According to at least one study, catechins may also boost energy and enhance an individual's metabolism.
When steeping English breakfast tea, the water temperature should be between 205 degrees and 210 degrees Fahrenheit. Steep the tea for three to five minutes and, if desired, add milk and sugar to taste.
When steeping English breakfast tea:
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.