From Tea Leaf to Tea Cup
Soft tea seedlings are typically grown in a nursery for 10 months.
Most tea leaves come from china and India. Other countries produce it but in very small quantities.
All tea comes from the leaf. Different flavors come from how the tea is produced.
Tea leaves are handpicked to preserve nutrients and integrity of the leaf.
Fully wilted, bruised (cut or maceratedted)and fully oxidised in high humidity.
Withered under strong sun and only semi-oxidized Sometime* bruised)
Young buds harvested and withered in natural sunlight 1-3 days then dried to prevent oxidation
Leaves undergo a second fermentation process
Dried slowly with mid heat to oxidize chlorophyll produce a yellow colour.
After harvest leaves are dried by steaming or baking
Aside from water tea is the most consumed beverage in the world.
SSCost of finished products
BUT WHAT ABOUT HERBAL TEAS
FUN FACT: TECHNICALLY
Herbal tea (also known as tisane, or ptisan) are only teas if they contain one of the above preparations of camellia sinensis. Otherwise, the beverage is simply an herbal or plant infusion. Chamomile, for example, is an herbal drink whereas Earl Grey is an herbal tea (combining black tea with bergamot!
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