English Breakfast Decaffeinated
Black Loose Leaf Tea
Country of Origin: Sri Lanka.
Infusion: Bright and coppery
Cup Characteristics: Good body but not overpowering with satisfying full tea flavour notes.
Ingredients: CO2 Decaffeinated Premium Black Flowery Pekoe tea.
Antioxidant Level: Medium.
Caffeine Content: Removed naturally using CO2.
English Breakfast gives a warm and glowing start to the day,
but can be drunk at any time - this one even late at night.
Tea in Britain. Britain is known as a nation of tea drinkers despite the fact that the British were fairly late on the tea scene in historical terms. Tea was first brought to Britain in Dutch ships and soon proved that popular that the British government wanted control away from the Netherlands. This was supposedly achieved by banning the import of tea on anything but British ships. To get around this tea was transshipped in Holland to British ships. Not the fame the British wanted with tea, look up references to High tea, The Brown Betty, The American war of independence, The Opium Wars. Etc, etc. A fascinating subject.
The health benefits of tea were well-known way back in the 1950s. The famous coffee house proclaimed that: "Tea makes the body healthy and lusty. Tea is declared to be the most wholesome; preserving perfect health until extreme old age." Whilst this may have been guesswork back then, the health benefits of tea are now very well known. High levels of antioxidants and slimming benefits are just two.
Hot Tea Brewing Method
Bring fresh cold water to a rolling boil, 100°C. Place 1 teaspoon for each cup into the pot (and add a bit more tea for a stronger flavour). Pour boiling water into the pot, cover and allow to steep for 3 to 7 minutes, according to taste. The longer the steep, the stronger the brew.
Add milk and sugar to taste.
Alternatively, use a tea infuser and brew right in your cup. 1 teaspoon of tea into the infuser, pour freshly boiled water into your cup, over the tea leaves. Leave to stand for 3-7 minutes, then remove the infuser from your cup.
Add milk and sugar to taste and enjoy.
Iced Tea Brewing Method
Make as for hot, but add extra tea - a rule of thumb is to double the amount of tea used per cup. When the tea has cooled a little, pour over ice. It is important to make it a little stronger as the ice will water it down.
Alternatively, you can cold brew the tea by placing the tea in a jug and adding cold water. Leave to infuse for a few hours (or overnight in the fridge), strain and enjoy. Cold brewing will give a smoother taste.
Especially enticing with milk. Tastes just as good as the caffeinated version.
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