A Royal Breakfast Coronation

Connections to royalty for The East India Company date back to Elizabethan times with the issue of Royal Charter in 1600, but it was Charles II and more specifically his young Portuguese wife, Catherine of Braganza who first introduced tea to the royal court.

A young artist Dirck Stoop from Utrecht, known initially for his Italian style hunting paintings, ended up in Lisbon, where he met and became the court painter to the same Princess Catherine and followed her to London at the time of her betrothal to Charles.

His fine painting of Charles II’s coronation, in the style of the Dutch Old Masters, was therefore the perfect choice as a backdrop for our Royal Breakfast tea.


Royal Breakfast Black Tea x 10 Pyramid Tea Bag Sachets

Net Weight: 25g

The ultimate expression of the most popular blend of tea in the world. An expertly created, full bodied blend of the finest Assam and Ceylon teas in a convenient pyramid bag. Start your day like a King or Queen.

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Breakfast Teas, first developed in Britain [the full “English Breakfast” name itself originated in America], blends different origin teas with the primary objective of kick-starting the day - bold flavours, high caffeine and a brew for adding milk was in order.

Today, English Breakfast is the biggest selling blend of tea in the world, with many varieties.

Our English Breakfast Tea is called Royal Breakfast Tea. Because it’s the ultimate expression.
Sri Lankan black teas that are ideal for breakfast have a burgundy-brown colour, with a long, wiry appearance and feature notes of chocolate, spice and citrus - overall bringing bold, full-bodied flavours to the party.

Our fine teas from Assam contribute strong colour, malty flavours and a satisfying mouthfeel.

When combined with an expert touch, a robust and unique breakfast blend is the result, a perfect partner for milk.

Fit for royalty.
Personally selected to deliver the right in cup experience, our resident Tea Master, Lalith Lenadora, picks only the best from the misty hills of Sri Lanka, once Ceylon, and the lush estates of Assam in India.

“Using traditional and organic harvesting processes including hand-rolling individual tea leaves” says Lenadora, “our rich blend is classic and robust, making it the perfect start to the day, and is best enjoyed with milk and a hearty English breakfast."
Royal Breakfast Tea has the strength and malty, earthy depth of flavour to work admirably with the rich, sweet spice of a Swedish cinnamon roll as well as a toasted peanut butter sandwich.

Its bold tannin-rich taste works well with roast meats especially roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and beef jerky snacks. Royal Breakfast also works very well with more robust pasta dishes such as lasagne.

Even try it to cut through the richness of more creamy traditional English desserts like trifle or lemon posset.




Brewing Time


Best enjoyed with milk in the morning. A right royal coffee alternative.

A Royal Breakfast Tea Latte

If you prefer a velvety smooth and silky alternative to a ‘regular’ cup of tea, here is what you need and how you do it:

• 1 Royal Breakfast Pyramid teabag
• 50ml of freshly boiled water
• 150ml milk

Brew the tea, in 50ml of freshly boiled water in a favourite mug. Steep for 4-5 minutes. Remove the pyramid tea bag.

Using a milk frother, heat 150ml of milk until frothy, carefully add to the tea.

For an indulgent seasonal treat to accentuate the rich, robust, full-bodied flavour, top with caramel syrup.


A blend of black teas from India and Sri Lanka.


Store in a cool, dry place avoiding direct sunlight and strong odours.


A gift of tea to a King

Business for The East India Company was growing fast by the middle of the 17th century and a key factor was the continual renewal of the Royal Charter, first granted in 1600 by HM Queen Elizabeth II. The Company made sure that they looked after the interests of the royal family and would use gifts to influence.

Charles II had continued the royal legacy of keeping a menagerie of rare and exotic animals - camels, crocodiles, giraffes etc – and it was Charles who opened St James Palace gardens as a park so that the public could now admire the animals and birds too, in an aviary called Birdcage Walk.

So what do crocodiles and camels have to do with tea?
Well, Charles II expected gifts of exotic animals or birds every time a ship of The East India Company returned from the East. On one such arrival in 1664, the exotic animal cupboard was sadly empty. When the Captain informed the Company’s board of this sorry situation, they instructed that the ship be scoured for a suitable gift.

Two pounds of tea were found on board and duly came to the rescue of the Company and was gifted to the King. A few weeks later, the Company ordered 100 pounds of the “best tee procurable” from its Bantam factory, the implication being that the tea had been well received.

Was this the start of the royal tradition of tea drinking? Perhaps - it’s certainly a celebrated event in the history of tea drinking in Britain.

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  • FAQ

    Does this tea contain caffeine and is there more or less than in coffee?
    Yes, all tea like coffee, contains caffeine. The amount in both teas and coffees does vary, depending on the type, but typically Sri Lankan black tea is lighter than other teas in caffeine content, usually between 50 and 90mg for a normally brewed 230ml serving. This compares to about 95mg for a normal cup of coffee. The best advice is to treat tea and coffee similarly if you need to manage your caffeine intake.

    I’ve heard that tea contains theanine. What is it and what does it do?
    Tea does indeed contain theanine, which is an amino acid [the building blocks of proteins]. Tea is one of only a few sources of theanine. It represents about 1% of dry weight and is at its highest concentrate in shade-grown teas like matcha and gyokuro. Whilst not yet proven in scientific studies that would permit specific health claims to be made, it is believed by many to be able to reduce mental and physical stress, promote relaxation and a sense of well-being. But not only that, it is more recently being thought to aid cognitive function. It’s one explanation for tea’s famous ability to create calm in a crisis [the Great British solution to all problems – ‘putting the kettle on’] and to stimulate when a little boost is required.

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