Sunday, March 31, 2013

Breakfast with a Touch of Class

Breakfast is probably the most neglected meal of the day. Few people would bother to spend time on boiling eggs, baking bread or preparing fresh orange juice before rushing off to work or school. On Sundays, some of us put in a little more effort, perhaps, but even then there's a rather limited range of foods to choose from: bread, bacon, eggs, cheese, fruits, cereals - that's about it. Most of the time, breakfast is repetitive, boring and forgettable.

But it doesn't have to be this way. Choose your tea wisely and it can transform your breakfast - adding class, complexity, and charm. One tea in particular we would like to highlight here. We ordered it directly from the source (check out here if you're interested). When Carolyn and I were sitting at the breakfast table and simultaneously took our first sip, we looked each in the eyes and knew we had found our ultimate breakfast tea. A magnificent experience.

It's called Jinggu "Golden Strand" Pure Bud Yunnan Black. As a standalone drink, it's a unique tea, rising above most of the other black teas we tried. As a breakfast tea, however, it was even better. The taste reminded us of  Baihao Yinzhen (also known as Silver Needle, see one of our earlier posts), but with more warmth, bite, and body. Not surprisingly, the two teas are visually quite similar as well, consisting only of previous leaf buds. The Yunnan black, though, looks more golden and darker, as you can see below:

Yinggu "Golden Strands" before steeping

The aroma of the dry leaves can be described as "sweet hay". When tasting the coppery-brown brew, we noted cocoa, banana, caramel and hints of pepper. The sweetness and the spiciness were nicely balanced and proved to be a perfect companion to the warm bread, eggs and bacon we had for breakfast that morning. We rated this tea a 9 out of 10.
One of the Yinggu "Golden Strands" after steeping, which we thought looked quite erotic
So the moral of this story is that if you want to turn your breakfast into a memorable experience, give special consideration to the tea you serve. Try out some black tea from your local specialist or an online store. See what works best for you with the foods you like. We believe it will make a huge difference.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Carolyn and Vincent,

    I was wondering if you would be interested in a guest post. I have a couple of ideas that I think would be a great fit, but I couldn’t manage to find your email on your site. If you could get a hold of me at brenna (dot) ciummo (at) seattlecoffeegear (dot) com, I would greatly appreciate it!