Venture Tea, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Grading Quality of Tea

how it works

Grading Tea

Tea grading primarily considers leaf size and leaf type and it is important to note that the leaf size and appearance aren’t the only factors that determine the quality of tea.

The separation of Tea Grades is carried out in factories based on the form and size of the tea particles. This variety of leaves are sorted on multiple trays with varying mesh diameters. This sifting procedure also aids in the removal of unwanted fiber and stalks.

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the basic guide

Tea Grading Basics

In Sri Lanka, teas are split into Orange Pekoe or Flowery Orange Pekoe. They indicate leaf size and the presence of tips in the tea. Pekoe refers to teas picked with 2 leaves and a bud. OP (Orange Pekoe) is a full-leaf tea without tips or buds, while FOP (Flowery Orange Pekoe) features longer leaves with some buds.

These are the primary terms used within the industry for grading the tea produced in Sri Lanka. Grading systems and terminology may vary by tea type and origin.

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