How to Grade Tea Leaves

The Tea Herbalist

In the tea industry, tea leaf grading is the process of evaluating products based on the quality and condition of the tea leaves themselves. The highest grades for Western and South Asian teas are referred to as "orange pekoe", and the lowest as "fannings" or "dust". Pekoe tea grades are classified into various qualities, each determined by how many of the adjacent young leaves (two, one, or none) were picked along with the leaf buds. Top-quality pekoe grades consist of only the leaf buds, which are picked using the balls of the fingertips. Fingernails and mechanical tools are not used,...

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Australian Grown Organic Tea

The Tea Herbalist

You’ve probably heard a lot about Sri Lankan teas, Indian teas, Japanese teas, Chinese teas… even Kenyan teas. But what you probably haven’t heard a lot about is Australian-grown tea. Many people are unaware that Australia’s tea industry has been quickly gathering momentum, with a number of people and tea companies growing tea in large amounts from Queensland to Tasmania. History of Australian Tea Australia has an active tea culture, originally influenced by British tea culture. As a tea producer, Australia is considered more of a specialty product supplier currently representing less than 1% of the global market. The tea...

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