How to pair tea with breakfast foods
Tea and breakfast – what a fun topic to explore. What teas pair best with your breakfast faves? With a few things to consider, like the caffeine content of your beverage, the time of your breakfast, and your personal palette, there is a lot of room for exploration.
Some of us like caffeine first thing in the morning. A robust cup of Assam, a flavorful Sencha, or a delicate white will all fill that bill. Pick your favorite level and flavor and jump into the world of pairing.
It is said that Queen Elizabeth II enjoys a “jentacular” every morning – a meal taken right upon waking that consists of black tea and biscuits. This could translate into fruit and rooibos at sunrise, or a hard-boiled egg and a steaming mug of Ceylon.
A few general guides to start you on your way… team up a bold, strong black tea (ie. Assam, Yunnan) with hearty breakfast favorites like skilleted potatoes and eggs, or a sausage frittata. Are you an avocado toast fan? Start with a half an avocado with a half a hard-boiled egg placed in the divot, thick-cut rye toast on the side, served with a steaming cup of Earl Grey. It is said that Darjeeling pairs really well with hard cheeses – how about grating aged manchego on your favorite type of wheat toast, paired with a steaming cup of organic, single-estate Darjeeling? Also, try crepes with a side of fruit with your Darjeeling.
Pairings worthy of note:
• Lapsang Souchong with bacon and white cheddar quiche