American Breakfast

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Chocolate, Malt, Butter
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 25 oz / 739 ml

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From Mariage Frères

By creating AMERICAN BREAKFAST TEA, Mariage Frères has reinvented the wake-up call…

A delicious black tea with a hint of caramelized chocolate; good with a drop of cold milk, perfect with breakfast in Manhattan.

Amount of tea leaves: 2.5g
Best water temperature: 95 °C
Infusion time: 3-5 min

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for breakfast today, i’m have 3 breakfasts… scrambled eggs with lots of tasty things mixed in, american breakfast and french breakfast lol I wanted to see how the MF breakfast teas stacked up, since cteresa was kind enough to part with a sample of her American Breakfast. It’s been compared to wedding imperial, which is one of my favourite MF teas – so i’ve been excited to taste this one.

This is a great blend. It’s slightly malty, but sweet and chocolatey (not cocoa). It’s not too bitter, but i think at longer steep times that may happen. It does remind me of wedding imperial but there would be room for both of this in my cupboard because i like the way this tastes without the caramel that wedding imperial has. This is a seriously lovely tea! I will for sure be looking to get more when i get back to europe…some day. thank you cteresa!

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it is a very lovely tea, I do agree


so far I have found this easier, less finicky than wedding breakfast – I have not purposefully overbrewed it yet, but forgot about it a couple times and at least with my water, i got lucky. Wedding Imperial is a bit more complicated for me, but I admit I might have to find a way to have both on my stash as well!

Terri HarpLady

I did enjoy wedding imperial, & both of these breakfast teas also sound like my kind of cup. :)

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Take a look at my girlfriend, she’s the only one I got
Not much of a girlfriend, never seem to get a lot
Take a jumbo across the water, like to see America
See the girls in California
I’m hoping it’s going to come true but there’s not a lot I can do …..

No idea if this blend is a tribute to Supertramp’s song breakfast in America…but it makes the job !
What a lovely naturally malted and chocolatey blend. The base is not as strong as I feared but yes, it reminds me a little Wedding Impérial, I agree cteresa.
For me I keep my Wedding because there is caramel inside but this one is really a very good MF and for sure it will go sometimes in my cupboard.
Thank you so much for sharing this one with me cteresa.
Another plain tea I love !

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good to know!


great song :)


I am afraid I changed my allegiance from Wedding Imperial to this one. I mentally call it my Maltesers tea – it´s so much more low maintenance than Wedding Imperial (my very first MF tea, my very first “expensive” tea..)

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Dear America, I think Mariage Freres loves you, to make you such a breakfast tea.

Dear Wedding Impérial, you are fired, sorry.

I was smelling all the MF breakfast mixes, and it is interesting – I can not imagine some of those blends really working as a breakfast mix. This was the no competition win – a chocolate breakfast mix. A malted chocolate with vanilla breakfast mix. I just made it, added some sugar and a smidgeon of milk, oh my this is indeed a lovely tea.

I think there are some honey notes as well, and this is not a very strong breakfast mix IMO which is fine with me (though a lot of the other MF breakfast mixes seemed even less likely to be strong breakfast mixes). But oh so lovely.

Not kidding about Wedding Impérial now being put off rotation.

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sounds good!


now i need to try this.. i love wedding imperial!


yyz, it is good! Sil, I like wedding imperial very much, it was my very first MF tea (and its tin, lol, already been refilled and was now the tin I just refilled, after very well steamed and aired, with this very one). But I find it a tricky tea to brew just right and somehow this american breakfast has supplanted it. Mind you, French Breakfast also smelled heavenly.

And a very different, more afternoon like, chocolate tea I also love is Thé-o-dor´s Thé du Loup.


It it similar to CHA THAI also from Mariage? I loved their Mt. Cameroon they used to carry maybe 25 years ago. Since they had difficulty in the supply, the manager of Mariage steered me towards CHA THAI which was very similar with it’s chocolate malty taste.


Excelsior, I had not even heard of cha thai till your comment (though I think it is going on the shopping list). Sounds lovely indeed and am putting it on shopping list.

Cameroon tea, ah that sounds interesting indeed! I wonder if stocks of african teas have gotten more difficult or if it was a marketing decision. On the MF book there is for example photos where you can see tins of Mozambican tea (Gurue, I think) but that must have been an old photo, they had none on stock, so maybe they need the space for new blends (or decided against).

But thank you for the tip about Cha thai, sounds precisely like something I want to try. One of these days!


Remind me to send you some Mariage Freres Darjeeling Tea in 2014, Spring. I am hopeful Mariage will have some better Darjeelings next year. I was really disappointed with the Mariage 2013 Spring Darjeelings and although I have a lot of tea, I don’t have anything that may change your opinion of Darjeeling teas. Even the First Flush Margaret’s Hope was marginal at best.


That is a very kind offer, thank you so much! Not something I can say no to, I think if I am ever going to get Darjeelings you would be the perfect guide.


this one is in my shopping list for a while ! good to know it is really a good one


Ysaurella, I would be glad to send you some, so you can try before buying!


And Excelsior, same offer applies to you as well!


you’re awesome :)


Nope, just a tea consumption enabler! I will write you about it, give me a couple days!


Excelsior, just to thank you for the recommendation for Cha Thai, you were precisely right, I bought some, just had my first cup and it´s wonderful. I think I am quite high from its caffeine punch and will probably do many supernatural strength feats throughout the day, but wow what a wonderful tea. Thank you!


Makes me think i need to retry the cha thai with milk and pay attention to it more :)


Sil, cha thai not a fancy delicate afternoon tea. It´s not so much about paying attention to it, it´s about being the tea for the right occasion – and that is morning and I added milk and sugar (Sweetener actually) and it was morning and it was wonderful, because the milk and sugar kind of brough out the chocolatey (how is it possible without flavouring?) and malty notes. But do try it like that, when you really need a wake up tea!


yeah…i never add milk and sugar to my teas so i found this one to be good but not wonderful when i tried it. I’ll have to try it again before i pass on the rest of this tea to the girls. MissB sent some our way so i got to try it :)


Traditionally tea sellers used to sort teas very clearly, not so much into tea type, but into time of the day – even Mariage Freres, at least in the tea chart in the shop does it. At steepster we seem to not pay much attention to that, if a tea is a morning or afternoon tea, and I think we tend to treat all teas as if they were delicate afternoon teas. But not this one (Cha Thai I mean), that is a morning tea indeed! (American Breakfast OTOH despite the name is like an afternoon version of it. maybe…)

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Welcome to Day 8 of little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
I was debating with my selves yesterday evening as to whether I should keep the sipdowns coming, as there are some seriously amazing looking (& smelling!) teas in my cupboard, just waiting to be sampled. And I really want to sample them!!

But I also really want to clean up the loose ends, if you know what I mean. So I’m gonna take it one day at a time, until I either can’t stand it anymore, or run out of sipdown material.

This is a sample from Sil, and as others have said, it bares a similarity to imperial wedding. It’s not a tea I should have drank on an empty stomach, unfortunately.


doh… eat something lady!

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One of those mornings when you can’t decide whether to have tea or hot chocolate? Try this one – it does have some chocolate in it, but I taste it more as malt. Like malted milk balls have been crushed up and mixed in. Very un-French, but I guess that’s why they call it American Breakfast. I couldn’t imagine drinking it without milk and sugar. Bottom line – very yummy!

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oh wow, that sounds so interesting. I just found out that Kyoto has a Marriage Freres there and I will be in Japan in a week so I’m going to check it out there!


Have fun in Japan – make sure you check out the MF store and think of me while you’re there!

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First time I had a cup of American Breakfast. Bought it in Paris a couple of days ago and couldn’t wait to try it. Even better with some milk and sugar.

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chocolatey malty tea. Good with some half & half with a bit of sugar.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

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I love this tea. Definitely one of my favorites. Gave some to my mom to try and it’s her favorite now.
I love to drink this at anytime of day; with breakfast or dessert.
I use sugar and half & half.

Flavors: Butter, Chocolate, Malt

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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When my brother announced he was going to Paris, I immediately put in vague request for tea! He came home with four pouches full of Marriage Freres teas for my sister and I to split! I’m so jealous that he got to go into an MF store and grateful that he brought some home to me! American Breakfast was one that he chose. When he requested something almond/chocolatey, this was what was recommended. I do get a little chocolate malt, but no almond. Today I steeped this for three minutes at 205, my go to for blacks, but it tastes a little weak at the moment. I’ll have to try adjusting things. When I add a little soy creamer, it makes it much richer, but I’d like to find a good setting so it tastes great on it’s own. I do get a little of that maltiness that I associate with breakfast teas and it reminds me like a lighter version of Wedding Imperial. I’d like to try it cold steeped. So far, I prefer MF’s French Breakfast.

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French breakfast is awesome. Paris Breakfast, not so much. Still haven’t tried the American :)


I didn’t know there was a Paris Breakfast! Guess I’m not missing much!

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Alright, I’m frustrated. I have become bad at making this tea! It tasted really good the first bunch of times I made it, then I made it taste crappy (can we say crappy on Steepster?) a few times, and then I managed to make it pretty decent but it did not reach the heights of amazingness that I got used to. And now I’m afraid of it. Sigh. I’ll just have to keep experimenting… I’m hoping that maybe it had something to do with the tannin buildup in my teapot or something.


oh no! this one IS delicious! i hope you figure out what went wrong


I know! That’s why I’m not touching the rating – I’m aware of the fact that this is entirely my own doing and not this lovely tea’s fault….


maaaybe try making it in a mug or something? :(


I’ve worked it out! I think… This tea usually has vanilla bits in it, right? I think I was overly greedy with them and used them all up, so now I’m left with about 1/5 of the tea with no vanilla bits. And that also explains why the tea tastes much better now that I’ve cleaned my teapot but not as amazing as it used to. Ok, so, basically, I need to buy a new round of this tea and be more moderate in my vanilla-chasing. Phew.



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