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Ceylon Breakfast - Loose Leaf (BOPF)

Ceylon Black Tea

This authentic loose-leaf Ceylon Breakfast Black Tea is a full-bodied Sri Lankan blend that’s refreshing, well-balanced and packed with antioxidants.

From: Elpitiya, Galle District, Sri Lanka

LOOSE LEAF
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We aim to dispatch all orders within 1-2 days of receiving your request. However, this can vary during peak times and other conditions outside of our control. Therefore, the below estimates of shipping times have been provided by our couriers.

 

UK Deliveries

 

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Cost

Carrier

Transit time

Standard

£2.50, Free - over £25

Royal Mail

2-5 days, up to 14*, Not Tracked

Tracked

£5.95

DPD

1-2 days, up to 5*, Tracked

Next-Working-Day

£9.95

DPD

Orders placed before 2pm, 1-2** days, Tracked

Saturday

£13.95

DPD

Orders placed before 2pm, Saturday delivery, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

European Deliveries


Currently, there are some delays with parcels being sent to EU countries from the UK. This is due to complexities arising as a result of the UK leaving the European Union. If there is any disruption to the service that you have selected, we will keep you updated.The table below provides estimates of shipping times.

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Method

Cost

Carrier

Transit time

Standard

From £4.00

Royal Mail

8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked

USA tracked

From £15.00

Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

Rest of the World

 

Method

Cost

Carrier

Transit time

Standard

From £4.00

Royal Mail

8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked

USA tracked

From £15.00

Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

International Buyers (Including EU) – Please Note:


Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be before buying.

The origins of our Ceylon Breakfast Black Tea


Our high-quality Ceylon Breakfast Black Tea made by Tea Master Perirs makes a brisk, copper-coloured brew with subtle spicy notes, a rich mouthfeel and a warm caramel aroma – and provides a full-bodied but lighter alternative to our popular English Breakfast blend. It is available as loose tea leaves, sadly not our Triune tea bag format.

The distinctive character of this BOPF (Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings) black loose leaf tea is due to its small dark brown leaves, which are grown in the acclaimed Ratnapura district of south-central Sri Lanka. Harvested in a low-elevation tea garden 130m above sea level, the leaves are small and dark gold when dried, delivering the beautiful caramel aroma and brisk flavour that are hallmarks of teas from Ratnapura.

Ratnapura receives more than 2,500mm of rainfall each year, which helps to ensure lush green buds every season and adds to the bold character of teas grown here, including our Ceylon Breakfast Black Tea blend.

Made to orthodox production methods at Nawalakanda tea factory, this breakfast tea has a more robust flavour than some of the higher elevation Sri Lankan styles you might try (such as our Orthodox Ceylon Nuwara Eliya tea), but if you're after an authentic Ceylon brew, this is it.

Read more about the history of Ceylon tea

At The Tea Makers, we pride ourselves on dealing directly with many of Sri Lanka’s best producers, and this luxury tea is no exception. Nawalakanda has wonderful, strong ties to the local community and firm relationships with almost 6,000 smallholder farmers. This investment in the community is just one of the many reasons we love working with them.

Need another reason to pop a caddy of our Ceylon Breakfast brew in your pantry? It might surprise you to learn that the levels of bacteria - and virus-fighting antioxidants in two cups of black tea are equivalent to those in one glass of red wine, or seven glasses of orange juice, or 20 glasses of apple juice!


The history of Ceylon tea


This single-origin tea taps a cultural heritage that dates back to 1857, when Sri Lanka’s tea gardens were first planted by British colonists. Settling in the country’s fertile central highlands, the Victorian tea pioneers converted vast tracts of forest to agriculture, quickly discovering the suitability of Camellia sinensis to the region’s rich soils, varied elevation and monsoonal microclimates. Ranging from cool and wet to warm and dry, these microclimates give Ceylon tea its unique character and diversity. They also helped cement the success of an industry that by the late 1920s Sri Lanka, headed by the Sri Lanka tea board, was exporting some 100,000 tonnes of tea to the world.


Alternatives to this delicious loose leaf tea


If you like our Ceylon Breakfast Black Leaf Tea’s brisk, bold style, try drinking it as an iced tea, alternatively do try our other classic breakfast brews: English Breakfast, Assam Breakfast and Irish Breakfast, they make for perfect all-day drinking – either black for a vegan tea or with a generous splash of milk.

There’s more to Ceylon black tea than breakfast. Read about how to make a good cold brew, ideal for the afternoon, in our Tea Journal. For those who prefer to skip the caffeine kick altogether, look to our Decaffeinated Ceylon Black Tea.

Ingredients


Pure Sri Lankan black tea

Tasting notes


This tea offers a caramel and dried raisins aroma and bright amber infusion. A Full-bodied brisk cup with subtle spicy notes with hints of cinnamon mouthfeel.

Region


Ratnapura is a city and district within the landlocked Sabaragamuwa Province, which is towards the South West of the country, at a major crossroad between the southern plains and the hill country to the East. Ratnapura is in the lowlands, an area famed for its tropical rainforests. The elevation varies throughout the district, with the city of Ratnapura sitting at 189m above sea level, and surrounding hills peaking over 400m.

Learn more about the Ratnapura District, Sri Lanka

The region experiences a Tropical Rainforest climate (Af), which combines high temperatures and high precipitation. The hottest months are March and April, with average highs of 34°C. The rest of the is only slightly less warm, with lows of 22°C and highs of 32°C. It rains throughout the year, with peaks in October and November, and is at 100% for most of the year, with a slight dip to around 90% in January.

There is cloud cover all year round, with clearer skies from December to March, with a gentle breeze that picks up from May to September. Known as the City of Gems, Ratnapura is known for its trade of precious and semi-precious stones. Tea is grown on nearby hills overlooking the Sinharaja rain forest, an exceptional biodiversity hotspot of international significance, and home to a majority of Sri Lanka’s endemic species of trees, animals and birds.

The dense forests harbour elephants, leopards and the endemic purple-faced langur, as well as numerous species of birds and reptiles. Below 600m, teas from Ratnapura are known as “low grown”, and offer a distinctive, mellow flavour profile. Although teas can be harvested all year round, the highest grade, FBOPFEXS, is only harvested between May and November.

How to brew

3g - 4g

3g - 4g

100°C

100°C

200ml

200ml

3 - 5mins

3 - 5mins

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