Breakfast Blend (Morning Rise) - Organic - Fair Trade

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8 ratings
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Brand:Numi Organic Tea
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Blend
Loose/teabag:Teabag
Product page:Breakfast Blend (Morning Rise)

This tea's info last updated: Dec. 15, 2013

Commercial Description

This complex blend of organic black teas – malty Assam, robust Ceylon, brisk Chinese Keemun and hints of floral Darjeeling – creates a hearty, balanced morning cup.

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Reviewer pic95 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
(9 reviews) on

It's a very good tea without anything that makes it stand out. Just a well balanced blend.

I would like to try this loose-leaf.
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Reviewer pic75 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
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Smells earthy, like a pu-erh, or one of the less sweet Yunnan blacks.

Numi's website says that this tea contains Keemun and that's the first impression I get from the flavor; it's full of dark molasses and prunes or raisins with a bit of cocoa. The finish is dryer, and the earthiness I noticed in the aroma lingers. There's a nice astringency and bitterness, presumably from the Assam, but they're not overpowering or distracting. The flavor is complex, having characteristics that are identifiable from the list of teas in the blend ("malty Assam, robust Ceylon, brisk Chinese Keemun and hints of floral Darjeeling"), but some that aren't and seem to emerge from the blend.

I was initially skeptical that the list of teas would blend well, but the blending is masterful. This tea is definitely greater than the sum of its parts.

I was put off at first by how expensive this tea is ($6.99 for 18 tea bags). I'm still not ready to call it a bargain, but it's definitely worth twice as much as a box of Bigelow. With the tea bags this good, I'm considering ordering some of the loose tea.
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Reviewer pic62 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
(220 reviews) on

Count me in the upper-middle on this one—not quite as impressed as Alex (probably due to my lesser ability to detect subtleties) but certainly not as disappointed as some of the other reviewers further down the list either. It was good, and I'd drink more, for sure...just not for the price, when comparable bagged teas are available for less. Still, you can give me all the Numi Breakfast Blend you want as a gift, and I'll drink it cheerfully. ;-)

I could write almost the identical review for this tea that I did for Trader Joe's English Breakfast, as my across-the-board impression was virtually identical. In summary: very plain but refreshingly strong, obvious Assam influence (though the packaging doesn't state tea sources), no excess bitterness or funky aftertaste. Just a nice, straightforward, dark, rich tea to kick-start the day. The wet bag was full and nicely swollen, showing that the packager didn't skimp on quantity.

Numerically, I bump it down a slight bit from the TJ version's rating due to its higher price (thus lower value) for essentially the same taste and aroma.
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Reviewer pic67 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
(1402 reviews) on

Wow. This might be the best breakfast tea I've ever tried from a tea bag. This was in a box of Numi tea bags that my friend Emily gave me, thank you so much!

Very aromatic once brewed: the aroma is very complex too: malty, spicy, and with notes of hot chocolate and a hint of roast like black coffee. The overall character is actually closest to black coffee of any tea: the cup is very thick and full-bodied, and the flavor robust. The finish has some vegetal character too, and a hint of the fruity muscatel quality of Darjeelings.

Overall, very balanced.

Resteeps surprisingly well. I like to steep the first cup 5 minutes, and the second around 10, and it was quite bold and still had good complexity in the aroma.

Good but still very expensive for a tea bag, for the price of an 18 count box I could buy a quarter pound of loose-leaf tea of equally good to better quality, or two ounces (more cups worth of tea) of much better tea. I've really been enjoying drinking these up, but I don't think I'd buy them on my own.
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Reviewer pic63 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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I haven't tried a lot of breakfast blends and black tea isn't my favorite, so I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. It has a raisin-like flavor that is satisfying without being overwhelming. I drank my cup with milk and felt that it needed this. I suspect that milk and a bit of lemon juice would help it even more. The flavor is sweet enough (I noticed no bitterness) that sugar sounds excessive to me, but others might like it.

On previous reviews, it looks like others were unimpressed by this one (other than the first review, which reads more like an ad). It may be that this one lacks something that fans of black tea enjoy, so take my review with a (figurative, not literal!) grain of salt. ;-)
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Reviewer pic27 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
(7 reviews) on

Because I love both Numi teas and Breakfast Blends, I had high hopes for this one, but it turned out to be a big disappointment. Glad I didn't purchase a whole box of this, and opted for a sampler instead.

Not enough maltiness or depth. Edgy astringent notes were able to be rounded off with milk and a hint of honey, but it was still too flat and dull.

I recommend Twinings' Prince of Wales (amazing!), or their Irish or English Breakfast over this one. Definitely needs some work. But that's okay, because the other Numi offerings make up for it. So glad I went with the sampler first and didn't waste my money on this.
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Reviewer pic47 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
(19 reviews) on

I am very fond of Numi Teas. I also really enjoy breakfast blends. I have to say that this was Ok. I have being drinking many teas over the last few weeks/holiday season. So, you will see a lot of logs at once, I was keeping notes. With that, I will say that I think that the best breakfast blends seem to come from places that specialize in breakfast blends. While Numi makes wonderful teas, this is not their specialty and it needs some work. Little weak and definitely is not complemented when cream and sugar is added-which is my favorite way of drinking a breakfast blend, as well I think a lot of people who drink breakfast blends. Just my opinion.
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Reviewer pic87 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
(2 reviews) on

One of my favorite bagged teas in the morning is Numi's Breakfast Blend. The tea blends four Fair Trade organic black teas: Assam, Ceylon, Darjeeling and Keemun. The blend combines the best of the four types into a flavorful and pleasing brew; strong flavored yet mild.

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