TEA Grading is not standardized amongst the tea producing nations. Tea grading normally refer to leaf size. Tea grading is used by the estates / factory primarily to segregate teas during the processing of Teas. Grading terminology also differs while describing black, green & Oolong teas.
Black Tea Grades
There are two basic methods ORTHODOX & CTC (Crush, Tear & Curl)
CTC OR BROKEN GRADES
Here the process of mfg. is such that it produces tiny particles of leaf that brew quickly and are ideal for use. India’s production of CTC tea is more than 80% of its total production of Teas.
Broken Pekoe is slightly larger than BOP, with somewhat less color. It is useful as filler in a blend. A bolder broken grade than the BOP made from selected CTC Clones to produce a bright liquoring cup with body.
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Broken Orange Pekoe (BOP) is much smaller than the leaf grades. It usually contains bud leaf, the mainstay of a blend.Made from selected CTC Clones to give a full brisk juicy bright cup with good creaming brown characteristics and having a coppery infusion.
Fannings are much smaller than broken pekoe
PF Pekoe Fannings
A CTC Fannings grade specially suited for tea bags throughout the world having very strong liquoring characteristics with bright infusions. Full bodied cup which creams down very well.
Dust is the smallest grade, useful for a quick-brewing,strong cup of tea. It is only used in blends of similar-size leaf, generally for catering purposes.
Pekoe Dust -It is especially suited for tea bags having very thick strong gutty cups and bright infusions.
Dust -Strong gutty full cups with bright infusion.
Churamani Dust - Powdery dust having thick , full , strong cups with creaming down quality
|Black Tea Grade’s : CTC Tea
|Kind of Tea
|Broken Orange Pekoe
|Broken Pekoe Souchong
|Broken Pekoe one
|Pekoe Fannings one
|Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings
|Pekoe Dust one
|Churamani Dust one
|Super Fine Dust
|Red Dust one
|Super Red dust
|Kind of Tea
|Fine Young Hyson