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Collection: Loose leaf black tea

Thanks to their rich, full-bodied character, black teas are the perfect base for a delicious breakfast blend and an ideal match for a splash of milk. We have two breakfast blends in our loose leaf black tea collection: our signature Brockley Breakfast, a medium-bodied, award-winning blend lifted by aromatic Darjeeling, and our classic English Breakfast, a rich and robust Kenya-based blend.

However, this popular tea type isn’t just limited to breakfast blends - there is a world of flavour to explore when it comes to single-origin black teas too. We have loose leaf black teas ranging from the delicate, floral and wine-like Darjeeling, through to China’s Keemun and Yunnan, with their bittersweet notes of dark chocolate and smoke respectively. A perennial favourite for us, and the very first tea we sourced, is our Assam: full-bodied, malty and an ideal cup to kickstart the day.

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FAQs

Is drinking black tea good for you?

All tea comes from the Camelia sinensis tea plant, so black, Oolong, green and white teas share many of the same health benefits. Evidence has credited drinking tea regularly with everything from aiding digestion and boosting metabolism, to lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of disease, including preventing some cancers.   

Is black tea the same as regular tea?

Black tea is the best known and most widely consumed type of tea in the West. Other types of tea include white tea, green tea, Oolong tea and herbal tea.

Black teas are defined as fully-oxidised, meaning they tend to have darker, more robust flavours. So-called 'breakfast' teas are usually black teas as their rich flavour is well-suited to a drop of milk. 

Is black tea better than green tea?

Both black and green tea are appreciated by tea drinkers around their world for their distinct flavours, with the main difference coming down to processing. While black tea is actively encouraged to oxidise to develop dark, robust flavours, green tea is steamed or fired after the leaves are plucked to prevent oxidation, resulting in a greener, more floral character. In our opinion, no one tea is 'better' than the other. It simply comes down to personal preference and what you're looking for in a tea! 

Find out more about black teas.

Can I drink black tea at night?

You can enjoy drinking tea at any time of day or night. Although black tea does contain caffeine, depending on your sensitivity, it can be enjoyed before bed and even have a calming effect. If you're concerned about caffeine consumption at night, you can find out more about caffeine levels in your cup of tea.

How do you make the perfect cup of black tea?

To make the perfect cup of black tea, you need two things:

1) Good quality black tea leaves

2) Good water

It then comes down to the brewing, which is specific to each tea. As a general rule of thumb Black tea should be brewed in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Find out more about the importance of good water and how to make loose leaf tea.

Does black tea contain more caffeine than other types of tea?

Determining the caffeine level in any individual tea or tea type is not straightforward. The caffeine level will depend on:

The properties of the leaf

The amount of tea used

The temperature of the water used to brew

The length of the infusion

Find out more about how much caffeine is in tea.