Thursday, September 1, 2011

Process of Manufacturing of Tea Powder

We all drink and relish the beautiful taste of Tea. There are many brands of tea in India, and each one of them have created its own trademark in the industry.

Tea is the agricultural product of the leaves, leaf buds, and internodes of various cultivars and sub-varieties of the Camellia sinensis plant, processed and cured using various methods. "Tea" also refers to the aromatic beverage prepared from the cured leaves by combination with hot or boiling water, and is the common name for the Camellia sinensis plant itself. After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world.It has a cooling, slightly bitter, astringent flavour which many enjoy.
The term herbal tea usually refers to infusions of fruit or herbs containing no actual tea, such as rosehip tea or chamomile tea. Alternative terms for this are tisane or herbal infusion, both bearing an implied contrast with tea. This article is concerned exclusively with preparations and uses of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, the Minnan word for which is the etymological origin of the English word tea.

Tea Estates near Ooty

We had been to Ooty and had been to the tea Museum. There we could witness , how tea powder was prepared.

Tea Museum

Process of tea manufacturing

Tea leaves are passed on to the Withering trough, Where it gets crushed and goes to the Rotor Vane

Incomplete crushing of tea leaves

This is the Last stage of the CTC machine. From here, it goes to the Drum


The tea powder goes into a machine called Fibromat. As the name says, it separates fibre from tea powder by a mesh.


The Dhool is now fed into the Fluid bed driver. It passes over a perforated, stainless steel  sheet of dimensions 2025ft x 16ft. Hot air is passed through the heater. Drying process takes 16 minutes

Fluid bed drier

Tea powder goes for packing

Final product


  1. reading this makes sipping tea all the more special. wonder how the different flavors are done?

  2. nice report. Tea processing is an interesting mechanism. Now TEA tastes better ! good quality pictures and informative note. For your information, the best of the TEA products are exported and the left out is sold for our mother land. If you want thee best TEA made in India, you get it abroad.!!! Jai ho!

  3. Informative and HIGHLY educative.
    Presented with accuracy with the help of clear outstanding imagery.
    Aires Mario da Cruz from India but now residing in COLD COLD Canada where a HOT CUP OF TEA FROM INDIA IS DEEPLY APPRECIATED.

  4. Should read this with a cup of tea to appreciate. Again very informative. Last time when I went to Valparai, the driver was explaining various types of teas grown around. Each had it's own speciality in terms of yield or life of the plant or quality. Many may not be aware that there are varieties from China as well as Green Tea that are grown right here in India. Tea is easier to grow, pluck and process than coffee. I am right now sitting next to a cup of coffee, I better stop before the aroma is wasted in the air

  5. Wah Taj !! is what we get in our minds when we sip tea....its the brand created, behind the scene it is different story, good blog.

  6. Absolutely very informative, we sip only tea, but we never tried to know the process it goes through till we get it in our cup, isnt it?

    nice arjun, keep it going

  7. One question to find out nutrition values in tea powder?? Or can you tell me about liquor test for tea powder??

    1. Hi Meghna,

      Thanks for your message.
      I would like to say that I am not a Tea scientist or a research based person.
      I am a travel blogger who writes articles on the places I visit.



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