Better care of the bush increases the health of the bush
More efficient production, better product, better working conditions
 
1.  Withering
2.  Rolling or Cutting
3.  Oxidation
4.  Firing or Drying
 
Harvested tea is delivered
to the manufacturing plant
 
Withering
 

The Withering Process is meant to soften the leaves and reduce the moisture content inside which starts out about 80% after harvest

 

Leaves are spread out in a thin layer in warm air for about 18 hours or until the moisture content is reduced 55%-70%.  The leaf is now soft and pliable and ready for the next stage:  Cutting or Rolling

 

Pushing the tea along during the withering process

 
Rolling/Cutting
 
The tea begins to develop the recognizable aroma and flavor of black tea, darkening in color and developing compounds called theaflavins and thearubigins,
belonging to a group called
polyphenols
 
Drying
 
Tea Manufacturing Process
 
 The Tea Bush, Flower and Seeds
 
1 Eucalyptus tree harvested
every 10 years yield 3 crops, lifespan of 30 years
 
Oxidation
 
Pallets dust from Wood
chips made for the furnace
 
Pallets are made from managed forest sawdust pressed into pallets
 
Protect greenhouse emissions
 
Importance of getting trees
planted - 14,000 trees saved annually for fuel and boilers
 
4 Stages of Tea Manufacture
 
The rolling starts the oxidation process by breaking the leaf's cell and releasing the natural juices and chemicals.  The rolling machine presses and twists the leaves, rupturing the inner cells
 
Is the final step to stop the oxidation process and dry the leaf.  The leaf is placed in large automatic dryers with a conveyor belt inside which carries it along, drying it as it moves reducing the moisture content of the leaf to 23%.  Blowing the particles of tea on a stream of hot air is the most efficient, ensuring that all pieces of the leaf are evenly dried.