No tea in the teapot
Viston English Breakfast tea is our best loose leaf black tea to replace store-bought English Breakfast tea bags. Brew up to 40 cups of tea with 70g of loose tea.
About Viston English Breakfast Tea
Our loose leaf English Breakfast tea is brisk and lively on the tongue, with tasting notes of toasted caramel. A blend of broken Ceylon black teas creates a delicious and refreshing, tantalizing amber-colored cup. The liveliness of this breakfast blend will wake you up every morning.
Ceylon tea is a popular choice for making breakfast blends - and not without reason. They are robust enough to withstand milk and sugar or honey and lemon but can be taken straight just as well. As a bonus, it can make a mean iced tea on a hot day.
Real taste can only be experienced through loose tea
If you've been drinking English Breakfast tea from tea bags - you will love our loose leaf version of your English Breakfast tea. Tea leaves in our English Breakfast tea are quite fine because they are broken, but that is not a sign of lower quality. They are not fannings as sometimes used in tea bags. Breaking the tea leaves is a method of bringing out the briskness and strength that is expected of English Breakfast tea.
We encourage you to contrast any store-bought English Breakfast tea bags you may have with Viston English Breakfast tea and taste the difference by yourself. We promise you, after trying loose leaf tea, you will never go back to tea bags.
What makes our loose leaf English Breakfast tea great
- The briskness and liveliness of this black tea from Sri Lanka make it the perfect brew to wake you up in the morning just as coffee would.
- English Breakfast blend from Ceylon black teas is robust enough to withstand milk and sugar or a slice of lemon if that's your preferred way of taking tea.
- Doesn't get bitter easily like English Breakfast tea from tea bags would.
- Not only great for a hot cup of tea but can also be used to make iced tea.
Brewing instructions for the perfect cup
English Breakfast follows the standard instructions for preparing loose leaf black teas:
- Put 1 teaspoon (~2g) of tea leaves per 1 cup (~250ml) of water in a teapot or an infuser.
- Pour boiling (100°C) water on the leaves.
- Let the tea steep for 3 to 5 minutes, longer times will produce a stronger black tea.
- Strain the tea to remove the leaves from the water (or pour the tea out of the teapot).
- Let the tea cool down for a bit and enjoy your English Breakfast with a hearty toast!
Things to know when replacing tea bags with loose tea
If you have been using tea bags to prepare tea, there are some general tips you can follow to make a perfect cup of tea from loose leaves.
High-quality tea generally doesn't come in tea bags
If you cut open a tea bag you will find either dust or fannings. It's leftover tea from production. Use real loose-leaf tea, like Viston black tea to have the best tea drinking experience.
Loose tea leaves take longer to brew and release their flavor
Brew black tea for 3-5 minutes, as opposed to 30 seconds for tea bags - don't worry, high-quality black tea will not get bitter quickly and it's too hot to drink right away anyway.
Tea is only as good as water used to prepare it
Don't use hard or chlorinated water to make tea. Preferably, use filtered water. Try not to reuse the same water many times if possible, because the minerals will get depleted and your black tea will taste stale.
Temperature is important
English Breakfast Black tea is best prepared with boiling water at 96°C-100°C. Green tea requires a temperature of 80°C-85°C, otherwise, it can get burnt and taste bitter. When preparing it, just wait a few minutes or transfer water between two cups a few times before pouring it on leaves.
Loose black tea can be steeped several times
Tea bags are designed to release all their potential at once. Loose leaves can be reused to brew several cups. Each infusion of the same leaves will result in a brew that tastes slightly different. However, you will have to steep them a bit longer each time.