Tea Processing ... in Picturesby Lydia Kung
White tea processing is simple; its minimalism accounts for much of its appeal. Not much equipment is required.
Regarding the manufacture of other teas, I have often referred to de-enzyming, rolling, and drying as if these steps are familiar to everyone. This was an unintentional oversight.
So here in pictures are examples of standard manufacturing steps. This is not only more effective and self-explanatory than wordy descriptions, but serves as a useful contrast when we visualize White tea processing and what was not done.
This would be a good time to return to White tea processing for a contrasting overview.
There is still an assumption that many high end teas are completely hand processed; this is true for small batches. But even the superfine grade of Dragonwell is now machine shaped. Jasmine pearls, however, are still hand made.
So, often times, there is a combination of hand processing and machine work. For most of the teas you purchase, the teas are hand picked, not machine cut.
October 19, 2018