My morning tea routine is to start the day with a full bodied/latte choice and follow with a lighter option like green, white or oolong, then keep drinking different types according to my mood!
I wanted to share my current breakfast favorites to inspire you to make them at home.
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Matcha Latte – This is one of my favorites! I’m currently drinking Mizuba Daily Matcha which is perfect for a latte. I recently got a mini strainer for the matcha, and it makes a HUGE difference! You don’t get those large lumps in the bottom anymore. You can choose any good matcha to make your latte (check this post to see if what you’re drinking is a quality matcha) and your mornings will be perfect!
Hojicha Latte – I love hojicha on its own so much! It’s a Japanese roasted green tea with nutty notes, which makes a perfect latte. I’m loving my Ippodo tea hojicha, it’s probably the best I’ve tasted but anyone will do for a latte. I basically prepare 3/4 cup of tea like you would always do (maybe oversteep 1 minute) and on another cup, heat 1/4 milk or almond milk on the microwave and froth it. I add the agave to the milk, stir and add to the tea. Voilá! I also got a sample of a powdered version that’s ready to drink, (just add hot water) and loved it SO much that I bought 2 boxes. Check out the Yunomi single pack hojicha latte (it’s called capuccino, but it doesn’t have coffee).
Chocolate Macaron – This is a black tea blend from David’s Tea, it has toasted coconut , pecans, cacao nibs, rock cane sugar and natural flavouring. It’s truly a treat and it works great as a latte too, but I mostly have it without milk. I tend to oversteep this one a bit because of all of the inclusions, there’s not TOO much black tea left, so more time will do.
Hazelnut Latte – I was introduced to this tea by an instagram friend who gave it to me as a gift. It’s black tea with hazelnut flavoring and it’s amaaaaazing. Works so well as a latte and it gets you a bit obsessed once you try it. It’s from a local tea shop in Atlanta, Zen Tea and they sell online.
Chocolate Tea – I first got this type of tea as a sample and immediately fell for it. The first one I tried was Bolder Breakfast from The Tea Spot and it’s a black tea and pu-erh blend with chocolate flavoring, similar to Hot Chocolate from David’s Tea and a bit like Chocolate Tea from Fox Tea Club (black tea only with chocolate and caramel), these are the ones rotate. It’s very full bodied and I like it on it’s own, with a dash of milk or as a latte, all these options work great. Full bodied black + chocolate is a great blend and I’ll happily take it for breakfast.
Mocha Nut Mate Latte – This is absolutely one of my favorites! I read reviews about it and so many people mentioning it as an amazing breakfast option that I had to buy it! It’s from Adagio Teas and it’s Mate, not tea, but still has good levels of caffeine (not like coffee though, if that’s what you’re looking for). I always make it as a latte and it’s one of my top morning choices.
Homemade Masala Chai – I love Masala Chai but you need some time on your hands to make it. It will take about 10 minutes to make on the stovetop (I definitely recommend making it this way!) and the beauty of it is that you get to customize whatever spices you like into your tea. I don’t like clove or star anise so I don’t add it, but I like it gingery and peppery, so I’ll add more of those. There is not ONE Masala Chai recipe, in India it changes from town to town and even home to home! The way I like to make it is to heat the spices in water (high heat) for about 5-10 minutes, then add the tea, milk and honey and continue for another 5 minutes (maybe I’ll have to make a video on this!).
What are your favorite morning teas? Do you have a tea routine? I’d love to hear from you!