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Standards For Specialty Tea — Processing

Element 8 – Processing – Along with recognizing the tea maker as a person who is important in the valuation of a tea due to his or her skilled decisions in the tea’s manufacture, it reasons that those decisions should be identified as well. This brings us to the element of processing. In looking at the… // MORE


Standards For Specialty Tea — Tea Maker

Yancha Tea maker in the roasting room

Element 7 – Tea Maker – Tea making is difficult and skilled work. So it follows that some tea makers are better than others, and variations between the products of two tea makers, even within the same factory, can be dramatic. This is because tea manufacture, especially when performed with traditional methods, involves tacit knowledge… // MORE


Standards For Specialty Tea — Cultivar

Leaves from a Qi Lan Wulong Tea Cultivar with notes

Element 6 – Cultivar  – It should seem obvious that the genetics of a tea bush have significant contributions to the final character of a tea, however, identifying bush’s cultivar (or lack thereof) is rare in the sales of tea. The influence of tea bush genetics is so underplayed that there is even the erroneous… // MORE