Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte

A sweet Royal English Breakfast tea latte is a mix of tea and frothed creamy milk. It creates a tasty Starbucks copycat. You will love making this simple drink from the comfort of your home.

I dislike how sweet Starbucks makes their lattes. Which is one reason I like making them on my own. And! It’s more affordable to create a homemade tea latte than to purchase one from coffee shop.

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Ingredients Needed

  • English Breakfast Tea: Tea bags or loose leaf tea. Starbucks uses Teavanna and I like to use Tazo because it has a close flavour.
  • Hot water: If you don’t know how to make this, I can’t help you.
  • Brown sugar: Or you can use white sugar and turbinado sugar for a more authentic taste. Or I like to use maple syrup as a quick natural sweetener.
  • Milk: use any kind. Starbucks uses 2% and I like to use unsweetened oat milk or almond milk.

What is in an English Breakfast Tea Latte?

An English breakfast tea latte is made from rich black teas. It is made from steamed milk, topped with milk foam and can be sweetened with liquid cane sugar, brown sugar or maple syrup. Starbucks uses their liquid cane sugar as a sweetener.

Starbucks describes it as:

“A select blend of rich, full-leaf black teas from India and Sri Lanka sweetened with liquid cane sugar and topped with steamed milk and a velvety foam. Each and every sip—smooth and silky.”

What is in The English Breakfast Tea Latte From Starbucks?

A grande from Starbucks is crafted with two tea bags steeped in hot water, topped with 2% steamed milk/milk foam and sweetened with liquid cane sugar. Starbucks perfectly describes this drink as “smooth and silky”.

Can I Make This From a Concentrate?

No. I haven’t seen a concentrate for it. The closest thing would be to purchase a black tea concentrate. I like making a concentrated tea by using Tazo tea bags. I find the flavour close to Starbucks tea bags. Which is Teavanna tea brand.

My method for creating a concentrated English Breakfast Tea is easy. All you need is a tea bag or two, brown sugar or maple syrup and some hot water.

How Many Tea Bags are in a Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte from Starbucks?

Starbucks uses 1 Royal English Breakfast tea bag in a short and tall latte. And there are 2 tea bags in a grande or a venti.

How To Make an English Breakfast Tea Latte

Step 1: Steep the Tea

  • Boil water and pour 1/2 a cup over your tea bags and let it steep for 5-7 minutes.  

Step 2: Heat the Milk

  • Microwave: Add 3/4 cup of oat milk (or any kind) and 1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar to a mason jar. Then microwave for 1-1.5 minutes until it starts to steam.
  • Stovetop: You can also heat the milk and sweetener by putting it in a small saucepan on medium heat until the milk starts to steam.

Step 3: Froth the Milk

  • Jar: Add a lid to the jar. Then use a tea towel to hold the jar and shake vigorously for 15-30 seconds. Remove the lid slowly as some pressure may have built up.
  • French Press: I like warming the milk and pouring it into my press. Then I use the plunger to create a great foam by moving it up and down 10-20 times.

Or use simply use a milk frother.

Step 4: Combine Milk & Tea

  • Pour your steeped english tea into your mug, add your frothed milk and give it a light stir. And enjoy!

What milk do I use to make it Dairy free?

Choose your favorite unsweetened plant-based milk for this recipe. I like to use unsweetened oat or coconut milk. They both have a creamy flavour. Almond milk and soy are good options too. For a lot of foam, I recommend using an oat milk or any barista blend.

Does English Breakfast Tea Contain Caffeine?

Yes. English breakfast tea is a black tea so it contains about 30-60 mg of caffeine

A grande Royal English Breakfast tea latte from Starbucks contains about 40 mg of caffeine

Even though I can’t imagine why, if you want to make this drink caffeine free you can use decaffeinated tea. Just note that decaffeinated tea still contains a small amount of caffeine.

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5 from 2 votes

Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte, Starbucks copycat

Prep Time6 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Course: Breakfast, brunch, Dessert, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Oat milk latte, Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte, Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte Starbucks Copycat, Tea latte Starbucks
Servings: 1
Author: Linda Spatig


  • 2 English breakfast tea bags
  • ½ cup hot water
  • ¾ cup unsweetened oat or almond milk
  • 1-2 TBSP brown sugar or maple syrup


  • Pour ½ cup hot water into a glass cup, add the tea bags and steep for 5 minutes.
  • While the tea is steeping, add the milk, brown sugar or maple syrup into a mason jar.
    Microwave the milk (without the lid) for 1-1-1.5 minutes. It should be steaming. Remove from the microwave and shake vigorously for 15-30 seconds until frothy. Or froth with a French press.
  • Pour the milk into the tea and enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte Starbucks Recipe (Without Dairy)”

  1. 5 stars
    Smooth, silky and creamy, that is what you get when you try this recipe. Soo simple and soo good. Very comforting and just delicious. Thanks for creating this recipe.

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