This comparison shows the difference in how tea bushes are grown and plucked depending on the desired tea to produce.
Left: “two leaves and a bud” make up the majority of high quality loose leaf teas from all origins. The bud and leaves are of similar size.
Right: Leaves below the bud are allowed to grow larger so as to yield a larger quantity in the end for CTC (crush, tear, curl) types of tea.
Images from my visit to Highfield Tea Estate, in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, India. May 2013.
5:10 am • 11 March 2014
All of the tea I’ve consumed in the past month.
White, green, oolong, black, puerh.
China, Japan, Korea, India, Ceylon.
11:48 am • 7 March 2014 • 9 notes
First Flush Darjeeling from Namring estate.
2:10 am • 3 March 2014
If you order tea in a cafe and it comes in an open bag, that is good. Now pour the loose leaves into the glass of hot water and give a gentle stir. Enjoy the dancing leaves, the spread of color, and the improved flavor (without the taste of the paper). Give another stir to help the leaves open up and sink to the bottom.
7:54 am • 25 February 2014 • 4 notes
Diversity of insects and plant life is required to let the cycles of life come to their natural balance. While wandering the fields of Makaibari I found a fun variety of insects and other bugs.
Everyone loves ladybugs
Two bugs in love
Resting on a big leaf before more jumping
Crawling around in the brush
6:16 am • 23 February 2014
Hopes, and Homes, Crumbling on Indian Tea Plantations, from NYT.com.
An article reporting on working and living conditions in Assam, India, which produces some of the largest quantities of cheap black tea in the world. Conditions like this are likely much more common than known publicly.
It’s a stark contrast to my experience at Makaibari Estate in Darjeeling. which is well known for it’s reinvestment in it’s community and workers.
Tea pluckers, most of whom are elderly women, deserve great respect and support. Without them we would not have tea.
Pluckers in the fields at Makaibari, Darjeeling. May 2013.
11:55 am • 22 February 2014 • 2 notes
Happy Valentines Day to the World.
Mix of green, black, oolong tea leaves, from China, Sri Lanka, and India. Border leaves are dried over the past few days, interior leaves were brewed today.
8:53 am • 14 February 2014 • 6 notes