Things you Should Know About Tea Grades

Categories: Tea Business Training

Tea, with its diverse flavours and aromas, comes in various grades. Understanding these grades is key to appreciating the nuances of this beloved beverage. In this blog, we unveil the intricacies of tea grades, empowering you to make informed choices for your tea indulgence.

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Understanding Tea Grades: From Finest to Everyday

Tea grades are a reflection of the quality and characteristics of the tea leaves. Here, we explore the common grades and what sets them apart.

**1. SFTGFOP – Super Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe

  • This is the highest grade, denoting the finest quality tea with young, whole leaves and abundant tips.

**2. FTGFOP – Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe

  • Slightly lower than SFTGFOP, this grade still represents a high-quality tea with a good proportion of tips.

**3. TGFOP – Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe

  • This grade features well-made, tippy teas with a balanced flavor profile.

**4. GFOP – Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe

  • The leaves in this grade are longer and more tightly rolled, offering a robust flavour.

**5. FOP – Flowery Orange Pekoe

  • A grade known for its delicate flavour, FOP teas have young leaves and some tips.

**6. OP – Orange Pekoe

  • This is a mid-grade tea with a good balance of flavour and strength.

**7. BOP – Broken Orange Pekoe

  • In this grade, the leaves are more broken, resulting in a quicker infusion and stronger brew.

**8. Dust and Fannings

  • These are the smallest tea particles and are commonly used in tea bags.

FAQs: Answering Your Tea Grade Queries

Q1: Are higher-grade teas more expensive?

  • A1: Yes, higher-grade teas tend to be more expensive due to their superior quality and finer leaves.

Q2: Does the tea grade affect the taste?

  • A2: Yes, the grade impacts the flavour, aroma, and strength of the brewed tea.

Q3: Can lower-grade teas still be of good quality?

  • A3: Yes, lower-grade teas can offer a satisfactory drinking experience, especially if processed well.

Q4: How should I store different tea grades?

  • A4: Store tea in airtight containers, away from light, moisture, and strong odours, regardless of the grade.

Q5: Can I blend different tea grades for a unique flavour profile?

  • A5: Absolutely! Experimenting with blends can lead to delightful and customised tea experiences.

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