In this blog, you will discover how tea leaves are graded and how they vary from each other.
Tea grading based on leave’s size, where it produces and what part of the picking was made.
Grade the tea by observing the plant
BUDS -If we analyse the plant from top to bottom, the bud, The tiny little leaf at the edge of the tree makes the most expensive and high-quality white tea.
HIGH GRADE -The leaf, which is larger than the bud, but it’s very next to it, produce premium teas.
LOWER GRADE -The lower grade leaf just below the higher grade leaf. The size is larger than the high graded leaf and these leaves are used primarily to make tea bags.
Grade the tea by examining the leaf’s size as it gets prepared for the market. ( This section is based primarily on Ceylon OP/BOP/ BOPF and DUST teas. )
Let’s begin with the Fanning, which is a tiny part of the tea leaves. It calls dust that can be found in the tea bags.
The whole leaf tea can be graded mainly as,
- Fop – Flowery Orange Pekoe is a tip of the tea bud and it has brisker flavour
- OP – Orange Pekoe is a whole tea leaf offering the highest quality teas. For those who enjoy tea, this is the best choice. The dried leaf turns into the whole leaf when it is boiled with warm water.
Also, broken tea can be classified as,
- BOPF – Broken Orange Pekoe Fanning is better than the dust. Leaves break to tiny little pieces. This tea is good for breakfast tea (milk tea) because it has a dark rich colour blend to go with milk and sugar.
- BOP – Broken Orange Pekoe is slightly reddish in colour and the pieces of the leaf are also larger than the broken orange pekoe fanning. The colour of the tea is much lighter than the tea from BOPF. These are good for simple plain tea.