Here, we have published articles related to tea and tea business, written by experts and by everyday tea users. This articles will give you an indepth insights on tea. These will help you take right decissions when you buy tea for your business or for your home use.
Simple procedure for Blending Tea and make it high quality tea.
Tea blending is very important for launching your own packet tea or your own brand.
Blending is an easy job. In a simple language blending means mixing a few items together.
You can make one or more blends of tea for selling your own packet tea.
Have you noticed, almost all packeted tea are mixture or blends of 4/5 types of tea.
Blending of tea is done primarily for changing the basic taste of tea. Secondly, to enhance its taste and flavour.
Thirdly, to maintain similar quality of tea or to maintain similar taste of tea.
Fourthly, to cut down the cost of tea and make it more affordable to mass buyers.
If you are an student of tea technology, you have already learnt that after production, tea is graded according its sizes.
Every size of tea has got different taste and flavours. Simple rule is bigger the size of granules, higher flavour is there.
On other side smaller sized granules make the tea, strong to stronger. That means BOPL will have more flavour than strength.
Where as Dust will be more strong than have flavour.
Do you remember, you had taken dip tea in last train journey.
If you open those small tea bags, you will find 2 gram, either PD or Dust or a mix of these two grades in the tea bag.
All buyers prefer strong tea with good flavour.
But degree of strongness vary from buyer to buyer.
Some might prefer too strong tea and some might prefer moderately strong tea.
So to make a tea average strong you are required to modify its strength by either blending it with smaller grades or mixing high quality strong tea.
Similarly, to keep or enhance its flavour, either use big or bigger size of granules or go for high cost high flavour tea.
In the beginning of this article, we mentioned that almost all packet tea makers use 4/5 types of tea.
Please check your home tea packet.
You will find 4/5 types of tea in that.
Some are bigger, some are medium, some are small some are powdery, some are black and some are brown.
Even if you open same tea brand of different production months, very good possibility is there that sizes of tea granules in 2 packets are absolutely different.
You may even find that there are subtle or in worse case differences of taste in two production months.
From this above points, we will note down how to blend tea with zero mistake.
As we have mentioned, bigger granules are used for flavour and smaller granule are for liquor. So use BPs, BOPL, BOP or BOPsm for flavour. BPs and BOPL are large in size, so these are not very eye soothing.
So if you use these 2 grades then use these as low as possible. May 5 to 10%.
BOP is acceptable in eyes. So this may be used more in quantity, may be 20%.
Bopsm contains flavour and liquor. So that may be used more in quantity. If you use even 30% BOPsm, it will enhance your tea quality in every respect.
Similarly BP is also contains both flavour and liquor.
In fact, we consider BOPsm and BP as premium grades and generally these two grades fetch more price than other grades. Bp may be put 50 / 60% or more in a tea blend.
OF grade contains more liquor than flavour. 20 / 30% OF in a blend will give you very strong liquor.
PD and DUST similarly contain much more liquor and low to very low flavour. 10% PD is generally sufficient for any normal blend.
It will make your tea very quickly in comparison to bigger sizes like BOP or BOPsm. Dust is powdery in size.
It has a tendency to come down though strainer. It makes very quick and strong tea.
It is mostly used to make tea bags. We suggest use 2 /3% or less in a standard blend of tea.
To cut down cost and to maintain similar standard throughout the year, you may use both primary and secondary of all these grades.
Tea gardens generally make BETTER tea from April to May. Best tea during June to August.
Again Better tea from September - November (Except during Puja Flush). GOOD tea in DECEMBER and MARCH. Mid January to Mid March generally production remains closed in eastern Indian tea gardens.
Depending on this callender you may increase or decrease quantity of primary or secondary.
For example During JUNE to AUGUST, when tea is of BEST quality, you may increase secondary and cut down primary.
That way you can maintain a standard quality and at low price. Again when tea is only GOOD quality during December onwards, you can increase primary and decrease or stop using secondary.
When you actually blend tea, always make sure that colour of all the grades are as far as possible, similar, if not same.
When you mix secondary with primary then there is a very good chance that there will be a variation of colour.
Better remain careful when you buy tea.
Many tea gardens in West Bengal forcefully make their tea appear blackish at the cost of its Strength.
That type of tea is low priced and good for mixing or blending with good quality tea.
To find most prefered blend for your area, try to copy your local popular brands' blending.
Dont worry, if you can not copy it 100%,
Because it can not be done.
Neither original blender can make it also.
First you blend it in small quantity, may be a blend of 20 grams. Taste it, if you like it, your job is done.
If you do not like it or you want to improve it further, just change the grades' ratio.
May be use more BOPsm and less PD or vice versa or any other combination to arrive at your best blend.
Once you are satisfied, your blend is ready.
One reminder. Everytime you buy tea, quality will be different every time, even if you buy it from same gardens.
So the process of blending you will require to do after every purchase.
Tea tasting is a very important part for starting and running a tea business-- successfully. Apparently, its not an easy task. A tea taster can differentiate over 600 different taste of tea. Full fledged academic courses are there to learn tea tasting. It varies from 45 days to 1 year.
It will definitely be an advantage, if you are a qualified tea taster. You will be able to understand tea quality and its reasonable price immediately.
But most probably, tea tasting course is not available in your city, or you may not have time to pursue the course.
Do not break down, every person is a tea taster. It is always better to do a course, but if you can not, just follow these guidelines to taste tea.
If yo want to follow tea tasting technique, please arrange these small equipments--10 Tea testers mugs 100 ML size with lead, 10 Tea Bowls, 10 small tea box, 1 Tea Spoon, 2000 watt Electric cattle 1 or 2 litre size, A sand watch or electronic stop watch, a electronic scale 20 gram capacity.
First of all
Put water in electric heater and boil the water.
measure each type of tea separately 2 gram each from the tea box with the electronic scale. Put the measured tea in each cup, keep tea box aligned parrallel to the cup, so that you can recognise it.
Put 2 gram tea to the tester cup then fill boiled water in the cup upto the brink, put the lead on and wait for 5 minutes for tea steeping using electronic watch.
Now pour the content of cups to tea bowls and align it to the cups and tea box. But Do not pour the tea leaves on the bowls. Put the leaves on lid of the cup, so that you can check it visually.
Now its time for actual tasting.
Take the first bowl in your hand, sip a good mouthful of tea, start rolling on your tounge. Let your taste bud feel the taste. If you are not sure in the first sip, threw it out in a basket and take another sip.
When you are satisfied, that its taste is clear to you, check the cup for infusion, its colour, smell.
Write it down in a piece of paper------
1. What is the colour of tea and infused leaf ? Is it bright or dull colour ? Or is there any greenish taint at side part of cup ?
2. How does the tea taste ?
3. How does it smell ?
4. Does to smell of any non tea item, even a faint smell ?
Some important things you must remember here----
A. Price of tea must not influence your judgement.
B. You are not a professional Tea Taster, You are tasting tea for selecting tea for your business. So find out the taste, which are prefered by your buyers. You may or may not require very high quality tea.
You may improvise the equipments with your home cups, water heater, wrist watch etc but 2 gram tea and 5 minutes steeping time must be maintained. You may also mix milk to find out the look of final product.
Non Tea But Called Tea making technique
Hello, tea lovers! Today I am going to share with you my secret recipe for making the most delicious and aromatic masala tea ever. Masala tea is not actually tea. It is a hot beverage made with water, whole spices, black tea powder, sugar and milk. It is very popular in India and has many health benefits. Masala tea can soothe your throat, boost your immunity, improve your digestion and warm your soul.
But not all masala teas are created equal. Some are too bland, some are too bitter, some are too milky and some are too spicy. How do you make the perfect balance of flavors and aromas? Well, follow my simple steps and youll be sipping the best masala tea of your life in no time.
Step 1: Gather your ingredients. You will need:
- 2 cups of water - 1 cup of milk (preferably full-fat) - 2 teaspoons of black tea powder (I use CTC or mamri tea) - 2 tablespoons of sugar (or more or less according to your taste) - A small piece of ginger, peeled and crushed - 2 green cardamoms, lightly crushed - 2 cloves - A small piece of cinnamon stick - A pinch of nutmeg powder (optional)
Step 2: Boil the water and milk in a saucepan with the spices and ginger. Bring it to a boil and then lower the heat. Simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Watch out for the milk boiling over, or you will have a mess on your stove.
Step 3: Add the tea powder and sugar and let it brew for another minute or two. You can adjust the strength of the tea by adding more or less tea powder. I like mine strong and dark, so I add more.
Step 4: Strain the tea into cups or mugs using a fine mesh strainer or a cheesecloth. Enjoy your hot and fragrant masala tea with some biscuits, cookies or snacks of your choice.
There you have it, my ultimate masala tea recipe that never fails to impress. Try it out and let me know what you think. And dont forget to share this post with your friends and family who love tea as much as you do. Cheers!
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