Tea Processing

It's surprising that all leaf tea is made from a single plant known as Camellia Sinensis in the scientific world. I call this plant the Tea plant.

Now I'm not an expert on tea-making by any means but from what I understand to turn the Tea plant into tea leaves there is a process. This process includes picking the leaves, oxidation, stopping oxidation, shaping, drying, and sometimes curing.

The term oxidation is a process in which the leaves are left in a climate-controlled room to lose their moisture. To stop the process one can employ firing. They are then rolled into wrinkles strips, spirals, pellets, balls, cones, or a fancier shape to contain tea mantra- tiny secrets. They are then dried in their final shape before sold to market.

It seems that making the tea leaf itself is an art. It's almost an invisible art because sometimes we forget and take things for granted.

But from a single plant we can end up with the whole range of teas from White to Yellow to Green to Oolong and Black. And the range of teas have a variety of sub-names like Dragon Well Green, Rose Garden Oolong, and Ginseng Black. All which have a variety of fragrances and tastes. So you know the expression "the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree?" well I would have to disagree. By just adjusting a few variables we can end up with a large number of variations.

Just like the matching of genes and DNA. Just like the number of elements in the periodic table. Just like stardust.