Friday, June 7, 2019

Sikkim Diary 2

A visit to Temi Tea Estate Factory

After a long strenuous drive the night before we woke up with the sound of cock-a-doodle-doo, beautiful natural alarm is scarce in urban area next morning. When I gazed through the glass window, I saw nothing but a dense white layer. I went out on the balcony, and looked down. The vast tea estate came into my view. The meandering deserted road at the bottom, the morning aubade of unknown birds beaconed me to take a walk early in the morning all alone. Upon the calling of room service ,I came back to reality, and asked him to serve the flavorful Temi tea in the morning, which was perfect to start the day.

On our second day at Temi tea estate we had  scheduled visit to the tea processing  factory. As we went there for our business(, it was necessary to learn how the tea leaves are being processed. It was a Friday, the day off in the garden, only few employees were working inside the factory. They were processing the tea leaves which were picked the day before. Mr. Saroj Rai, the factory in-change there explained us every minute details of processing.

 We watched the entire process of green tea production on that day. The leaves were plucked the day before, and kept for one night. Keeping tea leaves is also very special. They cannot be just dumped. The leaves are kept on a table kind of thing which has net at the bottom , so that air can circulate preventing deterioration of the leaves . 

In the morning the leaves first put in the steaming machine for approximately half an hour. Then the leaves are kept for drying. Then leaves are passed through the roller.  They are usually rolled in batches. During the rolling time the rest of leaves are kept on ground with fan on from all sides.After rolling, leaves are passed through dryers. The dryers are run by coal engine machines. After drying the leaves are taken to processing room. First the leaves are passed through the three tiered sorting machine. 
From the top layer of the machine almost unbroken leaves come out, from the middle layer the medium sized ones, and from the last the the broken leaves come out. The middle layer tea is the best quality tea. 

We gathered a pretty good knowledge.I cannot tell that we learned everything. We heard about the process, but have never seen in our own eyes. 

Tea drinking is a delicacy. From growing to packing, every step has a significant contribution to the taste and flavor.It’ll take more time for us to learn about tea.


stevevhan said...

This is the first time that i had knowledge about tea processing, amazing!

Unknown said...

just look a view from tea garden, so wonderfull. anyway in indonesia had many tea factory. maybe we can exchange tea each other :D

Nancy Chan said...

Beautiful view of the tea plantation. We have been to the tea plantation and factory up on the highlands many years ago.

Margaret D said...

That is very interesting about the tea.
Nice photos showing us the bushes then the process.

Sakuranko said...

Oh very nice photos darling
Thanks for share a little more about this process

Mirtillo14 said...

Un'esperienza interessante e divertente. Saluti.

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Lisa said...

How interesting to learn how green tea is made!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

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Kathy Leonia said...

so lovely place;)

Elena M said...

Great post dear, so nice and interesting, love it!

Luana said...

that's nice! it must be very interesting to see the tea process!

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Jeanie said...

What a fascinating tour and visit. And what beautiful country! I learned a lot with this post -- thank you!

La Table De Nana said...

How interesting for both you and your husband!!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, what a great tour of the factory. I enjoyed the photos and post. Wishing you a happy day and a great new week!

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Miguel Gouveia said...

Thanks a lot :D

Super interesting post my friend

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Betsy said...

So interesting. Beautiful country pictures.

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Hello Dear Krishna!
I am delighted with your post and photos.
I've never been to a tea plantation.
This is my big dream to see her.
Hugs and greetings.

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Beauty Unearthly said...

Excellent post (as always)!Thank you very much :)

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

I enjoyed looking at the photos and how exciting to learn the process of how tea is made!

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