For over a century Ceylon Black tea has been one of the most famous and well loved teas around
the world. The process of manufacturing Black tea includes withering of the plucked leaves to
reduce its moisture content by approximately 50%. Thereafter
the leaves are rolled by mechanical tea rollers to separate and
break them into parts. This process of breaking up the leaves
leads to a chemical reaction that is catalyzed by the enzymes
in the leaf. Ceylon Black tea is the most oxidized variety and
contains more caffeine than the rest of the varieties.
Black tea is best grown in a climate that is hot and moist where the temperature does not exceed 95 degrees Fahrenheit and does not fall below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. As a result of being close to the equator the climatic conditions of Sri Lanka is ideal to grow and produce Black tea.
GRADES OF BLACK TEA
We Offer Different Grades of Black Tea.
Broken Orange Pekoe
A popular leaf size which helps to bring out a good balance of taste and strength. Well made, neat leaf of medium size without excessive stalk or fiber. There should not be any fine particles (fanning & dust) which are not true-to-grade.
Broken Orange Pekoe Fanning (BOPF)
Particles are smaller than BOP, popular in the higher elevations. Taste stronger than BOP whilst retaining all other characteristics.
Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe Fanning (FBOPF)
Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe Fanning’s - similar to BOP leaf but firm leaf consisting few tips.
Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe Fanning Special (FBOPF1)
Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe Fanning’s special - similar to FBOPF1 but firm and more black leaf with much better tips.
Finest Broken Orange Pekoe Flowery Special
Finest Broken Orange Pekoe Flowery (FBOPF) Special tea grade has short thin broken leaf and consists of plenty of golden colored tips. Considered an exotic, as it is tea produced only in small quantities and sold off on a heavy price tag.
Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe Fanning Extra Special
A whole leaf tea with an abundance of long tips, similar to FBOP1 but firm and blacker leaf with much better leafy tips.
Smaller than BOP1 with presence of tips, but larger than FBOPF1
Orange Pekoe One
Long twisted wiry leaf, fairly tippy. Longer than BOP1.
The smallest of particles left after sifting which is often used in tea bags to infuse rapidly and make a brew that is strong and robust.
A one of kind fruitbar which has the perfect balance in sour and sweetness due to special blend of dried mango and tamarind. Only coconut treacle has been added as a sweetner.
FF grade is a mid-grown black tea. The leaf particles of this tea are often small.
A whole leaf, well twisted tea. A delicate brew that varies in taste according to the different districts. Less wiry than OP1, but much more twisted than OPA.
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