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Everything you need to know about labelling your tea

Everything you need to know about labelling your tea 0

How can you create a label that’s both eye-catching and informative? We wholesale tea to both large and small businesses, and there’s one thing they all have in common – the quest to develop the perfect label for their tea brand. These are the three lessons you can learn from these brands.
  • Lucas Ruzicka
Inventory management: How to bulk order tea and maximise your profits

Inventory management: How to bulk order tea and maximise your profits 0

When it comes to managing the inventory of your tea business or cafe, bulk ordering and importing will drastically reduce the amount you spend on stock. 
  • Lucas Ruzicka
Five Australian tea trends for business owners to stay across

Five Australian tea trends for business owners to stay across 0

By adopting these trends early and understanding why consumers are gravitating towards certain teas and ways of consuming them, you can set your business apart.
Tea Grading Guide

Tea Grading Guide 0

Tea comes in many different shapes, sizes and grades. There are many factors that contribute towards each teas unique liquor profile which then determines the grade of the tea and ultimately the price you pay.

 

Organic and Non-Organic teas are graded in the same way, however at Mr. Tea we choose to focus on certified premium organic loose leaf tea only. You can find out why we choose organic here

 

The below guide is aimed at providing you with a high level view of the different grades of tea to help you understand the different types of quality available.

 

How to Grade Tea (Green & Black)

 

Terms describing the Grading of Black Tea:-

 

Pekoe
Whole leaf black tea produced by a medium plucking of the second leaf on the tea bush. The word Pekoe comes from the Chinese meaning 'white hair' and was originally applied to the early tea plucking, due to the white down on the backs of the young leaf tea. 

Orange Pekoe
Black comprising leaf 8 to 15 millimeters long, which has fewer tips than an FOP. 

Flowery Orange Pekoe
FOP, can be either whole leaf or broken leaf Orthodox black tea with a lot of tip which gives it a finer quality. 

Flowery Pekoe

A whole leaf black tea with the leaf rolled lengthwise. 

Broken Orange Pekoe

BOP, black tea comprising broken segments of somewhat coarser leaf, without tip. Can be applied to both Orthodox and CTC teas. 

Fannings
Small grainy particles of leaf (1 to 1.5 millimeters) sifted out of better grade teas. Fannings will make a liquor that is often as good as that of a whole leaf grade and its grade which applies to both Orthodox and CTC teas. In the Orthodox teas fannings will include broken orange pekoe fannings (BOPF) and golden orange pekoe fannings (GOPF) which describe the amount of tips in a grade. 

Dust
The smallest particle of leaf size in both Orthodox and CTC teas which is normally used for tea bag teas, as they infuse quickly with the full flavor and strength coming through the tea bag material.

 

BLACK TEA:

 

Whole Leaf:

 

P

PEKOE - is a grade of black tea. Derived from Chinese word (pe-ko)  also means "fine feathers"

FP

Flowery Pekoe

OP

Orange Pekoe

FOP

Flowery Orange Pekoe

FOP1

Flowery Orange Pekoe -  First Grade Tea

GFOP

Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe

TGFOP

Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe

TGFOP1

Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe - First Grade Black Tea

FTGFOP

Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe

FTGFOP1

Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe - First Grade

FTGFOPS

Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe - Special Grade

 

 

Broken:

BP

Broken Pekoe

BP1

Broken Pekoe First Grade

BPS

Broken Pekoe Souchong

BOP

Broken Orange Pekoe

BOP1

Broken Orange Pekoe First Grade

GFBOP

Golden Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe

GBOP

Golden Broken Orange Pekoe

FBOP

Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe

FBOP1

Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe First Grade Tea

 

Fannings:

OF

Orange  Fannings

BOPF

Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings

FOF

Flowery Orange Fannings

GOF

Golden Orange Fannings

TGOF

Tippy Golden Orange Fannings

BOPFD

Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings Dust

 

Dust:

PD

Pekoe Dust

CD

Churamani Dust

BOPD

Broken Orange Pekoe Dust

BOPFD

Broken Orange Pekoe Fine Dust

FD

Fine Dust

D

Dust

D1

Dust One

Spl. D

Special Dust

GD

Golden Dust

   

 

GREEN TEA

Whole Leaf:

YH

Young Hyson

   

FYH

Fine Young Hyson

 

Broken:

GP

Gun Powder

   

H

Hyson

     

FH

Fine Hyson

 

 

Fannings:

SOUMEE

 

 

 

Dust:

Dust

 

 

 

Other popular green teas

Sencha                                                                  Matcha

Gyokuro                                                            Dragonwell

           

 

 

 

Why Organic Matters

Why Organic Matters 0

 

‘When it comes to our tea, the answer was simple for us. Why put a product on the market to help people with their health and wellbeing, if that product itself is not safe from the very toxins the tea is meant to help the body to dispel?’

It’s a fair question, given the expense and its impact on the weekly budget.

But is organic produce really that expensive or have our spending priorities changed dramatically?

Lets go back 100 years. Times were tougher, the largest portion of a families spend went toward food and textiles, 42% of that, toward local, organic (by default) food.

Over the next century, we get much richer, household income doubles 6 times in the 20th century and at the same time, food becomes much cheaper thanks to the mechanisation of farming. Fast forward to today and food only consumes roughly 10% of the family budget. The rest of that spend once belonging to food, is now consumed by housing, cars and healthcare.

 

Taking a look at our health

 

100 years ago, all food was organic.  Pesticides and other chemical agriculture had not been invented yet and the biggest killer of the people at the time was infectious diseases, the curing of which, is something we got right over the next few decades. However, degenerative diseases like alzheimer’s, heart disease and cancer are all on the rise, as are multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, ADD, autism and birth defects.

‘A baby born in the west in the year 2000 can currently expect to live to 77 years of age and most likely die from cardio vascular disease or cancer.’ We’re spending more money than ever on health research with the worse results ever seen. With all the diseases and disorders mentioned, and the money being spent researching them, why isn’t anyone in conventional medicine or agriculture facing up to what role nutrition has to play? I mean, aren’t we what we eat?

 

We, consumers, are not near well enough aware of how devastating chemical agriculture is to the food we are eating. Most fruit and vegetables, as well as our main staple, wheat, have half the nutritional content they did 100 years ago. The pesticides, irradiation, wax, and other toxic chemicals make their way into our soil, the food, the water used to grow the food, the atmospheric packaging used to keep the food ‘fresh’ for longer.

These chemicals in our produce, meat and beverages are absorbed by our bodies and stored in the colon where they slowly poison the body, effecting the immune system, weight, oxidation, energy, mental health, hormones and cause chronic disease and inflammation.

 

The list is endless but the bottom line is, there’s nothing positive about chemical agriculture other than farmers getting more yield, quicker. Ask yourself how much value you place on your life, your quality of life and your ideal. Does quality of life to you mean more energy, clarity of mind, good health, looking and feeling radiant and living longer? Or is it the material quality you seek? The math is there-   

      

              We earn more than ever

     We spend less on food than ever

 

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”  ~Thomas Edison

 

 

Try this organic challenge

 

We, as consumers have the power to change the world with how and where we spend our money. If we all stated buying organic tomorrow, it wouldn’t take long to change what is on our shelves and increase the economy of it.

Try detoxing and eating organic produce, grass fed meats and drinking organic tea daily for just 1 month and measure your results- weight, skin, nails, hair, energy, focus and mood. What have you got to lose?

 

 

Stay tuned for our next post on detoxing!