Tea – is there a difference, between the “breakfast blend” and an “afternoon blend?”

THE BREAKFAST BLEND OF TEA:

The relative strength of the tea is the determining factor for the resulting blend.

Tea cup
Cup of Tea

Breakfast blends tend to be much stronger with deeper darker warmth and inviting tones.  The breakfast blends tend to be more aromatic and inviting.  And of course the more aromatic in the mornings the better.  In addition, this blend provides that jolt of caffeine we sometimes look for in the mornings.

 

These are usually a blend of Assam and Ceylon teas.   If you like milk, and\or sugar in your tea, these go well with milk and sugar.   Tea tends to taste good and smooth alone with no sweetener.   Or if you decide to add a sweetener honey is usually the best choice.  If you like a little cream or milk, it’s nice that way too.  I like just a little honey.  But I do drink it with a little cream and honey sometimes too.

 

THE AFTERNOON BLEND OF TEA:

On the other hand the afternoon blends tend to be lighter and are usually a blend of Ceylon and Darjeeling, (mm Darjeeling, it has a special touch).  The delicate flavor of this blend is a perfect accompaniment to delicate finger sandwiches, scones or lightly flavored cookies!  Enjoy your adventure with both of these.  Remember if you are sensitive to caffeine, decaf tea is an option and it tastes just as good. 

Pot of tea
Tea and tea pot

HOW I LIKE MY CUP OF TEA:

I start each morning with a cup of tea.  It’s just so nice and doesn’t leave me nervous as coffee sometimes does.   I simply take one of my favorite go to, sometimes its the Earl Grey with Bergamot.  One of the benefits of a  cup of tea is that its easy to control the strength of a nice cup prepared just for you.  I’ve learned just how strong I like tea.  And that affects the caffeine level suited just for me.  I’ll bring a fresh pot of water just to a boil.  Then carefully pour it directly into my favorite cup, with the tea bag already waiting there or a teaspoon of tea leaves (preferred.)  The tea bag is great for the morning rush I sometimes get into.  (A good quality tea bag works just fine. When not rushed definitely the fresh tea leaves are best.)  And then I  add a teaspoon of honey.  That for me is just perfect.  If you are not a tea drinker you might be surprised at what a difference a nice hot cup of tea can make. It can  ease you into the start of a brand new day.

A FEW FACTS ABOUT TEA:

  • There are over 3000 varieties of tea grown worldwide, they all come from the same type of plant called Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to East and South Asia.
  • Tea has been consumed for thousand of years in Asia.
  • Tea has long been associated with many health benefits.
  • Green Tea is minimally processed, the leaves are steamed rolled and dried.
  • Black Tea is withered rolled or crushed and then fermented before being dried this makes it black and  stronger in taste.
  • Oolong tea is partly fermented.

 

White tea buds
Tea buds
  • White tea is harvested in early spring; the young leaves and silvery white buds are just steamed and dried.
  • Tea averages about 40 milligrams of caffeine per six-ounce cup (versus 100 milligrams in coffee,) depending on the type and brewing times and other factors.  Black tea tends to have more caffeine than green tea.  You can also find tea that is decaffeinated.
  • Each type of tea has a certain flavor characteristic associated with the variety and also the soil and climate it is grown in.

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