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Reprinted by permission from The Tea Companion: A Connoisseur's Guide by Jane Pettigrew, Running Press, $18.95 U.S.  ©2004   This is copyrighted property and may not be re-printed or used in any manner without proper authority from the publisher.  





Tea and Food Pairings

©2004 The Tea Companion: A Connoisseur's Guide by Jane Pettigrew, Running Press

Tea is a gourmet beverage that pairs very successfully with all types of food.  Just as wines are selected to enhance the flavor of certain foods, so teas may also be matched to particular savory or sweet items on the menu.  Different varieties of tea should be carefully chosen to create a marriage of flavors and a truly delightful gastronomic experience.


The following is a guide to help in the choice of teas to pair with particular meals or individual foods.

Types of Food


Suitable Teas


Continental-style breakfast

(breads, cheese, jams, etc.)

Yunnan, Ceylon, Indonesian, Assam, Dooars, Terai, Travancore, Nilgiri, Kenya, Darjeeling

English-style breakfast

(fried foods, eggs, smoked fish, ham, bacon, etc.)

Ceylon, Kenya, African blends, Assam, Tarry Souchong, Lapsang Souchong

Light savory meals

Yunnan, Lapsang Souchong, Ceylon, Darjeeling, Assam, Green teas, Oolongs

Spicy foods

Keemun, Ceylon, Oolongs, Darjeeling, Green teas, Jasmine, Lapsang Souchong

Strong cheeses

Lapsang Souchong, Earl Grey, Green Teas


Oolongs, Smoked teas, Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Green teas

Meat and game

Earl Grey, Lapsang Souchong, Kenya, Jasmine


Lapsang Souchong, Darjeeling, Oolongs, Jasmine

Tea time

All teas

After a meal

White and green teas, Keemun, Oolongs, Darjeeling


2003 - present