Ever wonder what exactly is in your delicious bowl of Le Pain Quotidien tea, how caffeinated it is, even where it came from? Luckily, our teas are carefully selected for their wonderful and diverse flavor profiles and organic origins. Our new, biodegradable pyramid-shaped sachets allow the leaves to unfurl for the best infusion. They’re also delightfully aromatic, awakening the senses with every warm sip! Each tea we offer has its own story and is thoughtfully sourced.
Black tea is withered, rolled or crushed and torn. It is fully fermented (oxidized) then fired. Black tea has a higher concentration of caffeine compared to white, green or oolong teas.
Brussels Breakfast Tea is a 100% Ceylon tea (and our hometown favorite!). This tea exhibits the classic flavor profile of a fully fermented black tea. Brussels Breakfast is bright and intense enough to stand up to milk. The tea yields a copper colored infusion.
Origin: Sri Lanka
English Breakfast Tea is a blend of 90% Assam and 10% Ceylon black teas. Assam is grown at sea level under hot, humid conditions, which account for its malty character. This classic blend is described as “brisk.” The Ceylon tea contributes a full-bodied quality to the blend. English Breakfast tea is rich enough to stand up to milk and sugar.
Origin: India and Sri Lanka
Earl Grey is a black Assam tea scented with oil of bergamot (derived from the rind of Citrus bergamia). Earl Grey tea has been globally renowned since the 1830s.
Green tea is minimally processed and not fermented (oxidized). The tea leaves are withered, shaped, and then fired. Green teas are lower in caffeine than oolong or black teas.
Chunmee Green Tea is also known as the “precious eyebrow” tea. The dusty, gray leaves are twisted into a thin arch then fired. It has fruity and floral notes with a fresh astringency. Brews to a pale yellow liquor.
Jasmine Green Tea (Mo Li Hua Cha) is an aromatic green tea made when flattened, pan-fired leaves are left overnight with freshly picked jasmine blossoms. The night blooming jasmine opens and releases its fragrance, which is absorbed by the tea. The tea has an intoxicating aroma.
Moroccan Mint is a Chinese green tea with peppermint. The tea leaves are rolled into pellets to make “gunpowder.” The tea is blended with peppermint. This tea is the drink of hospitality throughout the Maghreb. It is served well-sweetened all day and into the night.
Herbal teas or tisanes are the leaves, roots, bark or buds of various herbs and plants. Tisanes typically contain no caffeine.
Chamomile is a member of asteraceae, which includes daisies. The herb has a honeyed fragrance with notes of pineapple. Chamomile is reputed to have a calming effect and can be used as a sleep aid. Chamomile tea is caffeine free.
Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) is a legume. The bush grows only in a specific region of the Cape in South Africa. The bush is chopped and oxidized following the process used to produce black tea. Also called Red Tea, Rooibos is popular in Europe where it is served with lemon and honey or sugar and milk. Rooibos is caffeine free.
Origin: South Africa
Which of our Le Pain Quotidien teas is your favorite? How do you like your tea— with honey, milk, sugar, or plain? Share with us and other Le Pain Quotidien fans in our comment section below.
If you’re interested in enjoying our tea at home, you can purchase a box at your nearest LPQ or through our Online Pantry.
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