Since we were staying on a tea plantation in Sri Lanka, it made sense to tour a tea factory.
I did not realize there were so many steps to making tea. (Dryings occurs from hot air that is pushed up through vents underneath the layer of leaves.)
I thought tea leaves were just picked and dried and there you go.
Not so! This is where the dried leaves from the chute above are funnelled to.
The drying time has a lot to do with the types of teas that are produced.
Although tea leaves are picked by hand, there are new and improved machines that do all sorts of other things.
There was even a computerized machine that sorted dried tea leaves by color.
The processing of the leaves determines what tea will be made ... white, green, yellow, oolong, black or post-fermented.
A Japanese proverb says: If a man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.
So go make yourself a cup of tea and have a beautiful day! Friendship blessings, Tammy