Every morning, you start work, the first thing that comes to mind is a delicious, hot, cup of tea or coffee to start the day! And some of you maybe be thinking, whilst drinking your delicious beverage, how was this made? Today’s Tutoring Tuesday will explain how Tea is grown and made especially for all you Tea Lovers out there….
The Tea Plant
The Process Begins
Similarly, to a process which takes place during the production and picking of Coffee, the tea leaves, once picked, are to be laid out to dry and to remove more of the water content. This is known as Withering & Steaming.
This is followed by a process known as Rolling where traditionally this is done by hand. However nowadays the industry prefers to use machinery to perform this task. This helps to break down the tea leaves and in doing so helps to relieve some of the natural oils and flavours.
It’s now time for Oxidation. This is a chemical process and where the tea leaf will change in colour when the process is complete. (typically turning brown as it oxidises)
Finally, last of all, Drying or Firing. Using large ovens, the tea leaves are carefully dried out, ensuring they do not burn which of course would ruin the flavour.