Tea Production

The Tea Plant

The tea plant is an evergreen of the Camellia family that is native to China, Tibet and northern India. There are two main varieties of the tea plant. The small leaf variety, known as Camellia sinensis, thrives in the cool, high mountain regions of central China and Japan. The ... Continue Reading

Black Tea Production

Black teas originated in China, where they are known as red tea, but now come from many growing regions throughout the world. The traditional method of processing black teas comprises four steps: withering, rolling, oxidizing and drying. First the leaves are spread out on racks... Continue Reading

Green Tea Production

The finest are handmade during the spring season in China and Japan. Green teas are often referred to as non-fermented or unfermented teas. The intent is to preserve the healthy and natural elements of the fresh leaves. The traditional method of processing green teas involves w... Continue Reading

Oolong Tea Production

The best is picked by hand during the spring and winter months in southeast China and Taiwan. Oolong teas are partially oxidized teas and undergo the most difficult and time consuming processing method. Processed to be full-bodied teas, the leaves for oolong tea must not be pic... Continue Reading

White Tea Production

White tea is the most delicate of all teas. Produced mainly in China, primarily in Fujian province, white tea is made entirely from leaf buds that are covered with whitish hairs. The new buds are plucked before they open in early spring, then withered and dried slowly at low te... Continue Reading