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Nursery
Tea is propagated using ‘cuttings’ of mature shoots in a conditioned environment & then transferred in to

the field after 9-12 months.

Plucking
Technically the process of manufacture begins when the ‘Two leaves & Bud’ are picked or ‘plucked’.

Withering
It is a process of making the green leaf to a ‘flaccid’ state by slow removal of moisture over 18-24 hrs. The tea will undergo both chemical & physical changes which is a pre-requisite for rolling.

Rolling
By rupturing the leaf cells through application of pressure allows enzymes to activate.

Drying
Firing is carried out to arrest the fermentation, preventing any further chemical changes & the tea becomes black after going the through the chamber at high temperatures.

Grading & Packing
Then the tea is graded by the particle size using multiple sifters & packed in airtight aluminium layered container packs.

Auction
Colombo Auction is the largest single origin Tea Auction in the world & is administered in consultation with CTTA (Colombo Tea Traders Association)

The Process