Yes, how is the cuppa that you adults drink all the time made?
in a tea plantation.
the seeds, the flower, the tea leaves.
Making tea is not as easy as we might think.
First you obviously need to pick the leaves.
Not that long ago they used to do it by hand and you could see hundreds of people picking the tea leaves off the bushes. This was good for the economy because it meant a lot of people had a job, now unfortunately they use machines to do the job but they are still operated by hand by two people. Sometimes they use zip wire to send the bags to the factory.
the shear to cut the leaves and the machine.
Once the bags are in the factory the process begins.
There are five steps to this process.
Withering, Rolling, Fermentation, Drying and Sorting.
Withering: the green leaves are on beds where air is blown to reduce the moisture content by almost 50%. This process stimulates a natural chemical reaction that is vital for the quality of the tea. This process takes place over night. Now the tea leaves are suitable for rolling.
Rolling: It is very important because the leaves need to have there juices squeezed out of them for fermentation.
Fermentation: This is a critical step in the process and you cannot have first class tea without it. What happens is that the enzymes in the leaves get exposed to oxygen. This stage takes 1½ to 2 hours and is vital for the characteristic of the flavour of the tea.
Drying: This is a dangerous process because the fermented leaves pass through air at 100.c, this stops the fermentation process and reduces the moisture to under 3% giving the familiar black leaves that we use to make tea.
Sorting: The tea is graded at this stage and is sorted in to bags to send to another factory to put them into tea bags to send to the shops.
You sort the leaves out by passing them through a big sieve which extract the leaves from the stalks and fibres. Each grade of tea has its own density and flavour characteristics.
The smell in the factory was very pungent and for me it was far too strong to like.
We went in the teashop to try some tea it was nice to start with but it stewed a while and then it was very bitter.
The guy who was at the counter said ” it is better without any milk or sugar sir “and in my opinion he was half right .
bags they used to use for transportation.
and us at the end of the day.