Another safety check for the family back home 😂
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White tea, green tea and black tea all come from the same plants… it’s just a matter of leaves and the process.
White tea is minimally processed and not oxidized (it retains the natural antioxidants), it but does not develop as much flavor, color, or caffeine.
Green tea has a minimal amount of oxidation, halted by additional pan-frying (Chinese teas) or steaming (Japanese) steps. The additional processing brings out more flavor, and allows for caffeine to develop, at the cost of a reduction in antioxidants.
Black tea is fully fermented, which blackens the leaves and causes the formation of caffeine and tannins. It generally possesses the most robust flavor and highest level of caffeine, but the least antioxidants.
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The tea plantation is a city within the city… with several ”villages” across the estate, ranging from 15 families to 45 families.
We saw a maternity ward, a crèche, a school, a church, a few temples….
While the women traditionally are the one harvesting the tea, the men harvest vegetables that they sell at the market (or small stalls along the roads).
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