Art Of Tea
Production and Brewing of the Perfect cup of Tea
"The best quality tea must have creases like the leathern boot of Tartar horsemen, curl like the dewlap of a mighty bullock, unfold like a mist rising out of a ravine, gleam like a lake touched by a zephyr, and be wet and soft like a fine earth newly swept by rain."
Lu Yu (d. 804),
Chinese sage, hermit.
Where does tea come from?
First and foremost, all tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. It is the differences in production methods that create different types of teas. By far the majority of growing areas, and the most famous, are located in the southern region of China. By southern region we are referring to the areas south of the Yellow River. These provinces include Yunan, Fujin, Jainxi, Sichuan, Zhejiang, and Tiawan. There are a few areas north of the Yellow River which include Anhui and Henan.
Climate and Ecology
Tea is dependent on the proper growing conditions which affect
yield and quality. The best place for growing tea is in the high mountainous regions of China. The ecological factors that
determine the outcome of a particular tea product include