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Grades of Tea

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
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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Black Tea Grade's BROKENS

BOP
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
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
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.

PD
Pekoe Dust -It is especially suited for tea bags having very thick strong gutty cups and bright infusions.

D
Dust -Strong gutty full cups with bright infusion.

CD
Churamani Dust - Powdery dust having thick , full , strong cups with creaming down quality

Black Tea Grade’s : CTC Tea
Kind of Tea Grade name Nomenclature
Broken PEK Pekoe
  BP Broken Pekoe
  BOP Broken Orange Pekoe
  BPS Broken Pekoe Souchong
  BP 1 Broken Pekoe one
  FP Flowery Pekoe
Fannings OF Orange Fannings
  PF Pekoe Fannings
  PF 1 Pekoe Fannings one
  BOPF Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings
Dust PD Pekoe Dust
  D Dust
  CD Churamani Dust
  PD 1 Pekoe Dust one
  D 1 Dust one
  CD 1 Churamani Dust one
  RD Red Dust
  FD Fine Dust
  SFD Super Fine Dust
  RD1 Red Dust one
  GD Golden Dust
  SRD Super Red dust
 

 

Black Tea Grade’s : Green Tea
Kind of Tea Grade name Nomenclature
Whole leaf YH Young Hyson
  FYH Fine Young Hyson
Broken GP Gun Powder
  H Hyson
  FH Fine Hyson
Fannings SOUMEE Soumee
Dust D Dust