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How to read Indian and Sri Lankan tea grading July 22 2021

An infographic chart reading "Indian and Sri Lankan Letter Grade Guide" with stripped down version of content in blog post body.


"Yes, I'd like two ounces of the Darjeeling...sfff...tug..fop?"

We hear your attempts at pronouncing this alphanumeric stew every day at the tea house, and who can blame you? When an estate or region name is followed by a gibberish string of letters and numbers and you have no idea what they mean but remember your grandmother pouring you delicious steaming cups of fine Indian black tea and just...


Oxidation vs. Fermentation September 16 2019 1 Comment

When teaching classes, speaking on panels, or even just in casual conversation, two of the most common questions I've been asked are:
  • What is oxidation? 
  • What does fermentation mean in regards to tea?
Tea terminology can be confusing to those who work outside the industry or are just getting their start. We tea workers have our own language for sure! When it comes to oxidation vs. fermentation,...