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Category Archives: Teas

Drying in Tea Processing

Drying in Tea Processing In order for processed tea leaves to be shelf-stable, they must be dried. There are two reasons for drying tea though, to dry the leaf, making it shelf stable, and to enhance the flavor. At times, these can be two distinct steps in processing and at other times, it can be…
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What is Oxidation in Tea Production?

What is Oxidation in Tea Production? Oxidation refers to a series of chemical reactions that result in the browning of tea leaves and the production of flavor and aroma compounds in finished teas. Depending on the type of tea being made, oxidation is prevented altogether, or deliberately initiated, controlled then stopped. Much of the oxidation…
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What is Green Tea?

What is Green Tea? The definition of green tea in it’s simplest and most generalized form is a tea that is made up of leaves that were prevented from oxidizing, shaped and then dried. However, green teas are not unoxidized. No tea is truly unoxidized because tea leaves begin to slowly wither and oxidize the moment…
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The Engineer’s Guide to Tea Preparation

The Engineer’s Guide to Tea Preparation The bulk of tea produced in the world is commodity tea, meaning that it is actively traded and it’s price is determined by the markets. Commodity tea is relatively cheap. Many of the world’s famous tea cultures1 are famous because they are promulgated by common man and are thus…
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