How Tea is Manufactured
All tea comes from the same plant, Camellia Sinsesis, but the different types: black tea, green tea, and white tea, are the result of different manufacturing processes. Below is a very brief overview of the main steps in the manufacture of each different type of tea.
Perhaps the most important stage in the production of black tea. Once the tea is rolled, it is placed on trays which are placed into ovens at about 60c. Here, the chlorophyll in the leaf breaks down into various compounds which give black tea its characteristic flavour. However, if not done properly, this is where most defects occur in tea production.
The final step, in this second drying stage, the moisture in the leaf is further reduced till it reaches approximately 6%. Following this, the leaf is packed into bulk bags for transport.
Drying & Packaging
The final stage of production. The tea is further dried until the moisture content is less than 8%. Following this, the tea is bulk packed and ready for transport.