18 women are brought to this tea plantation to pick these tea fresh leaves by hand.
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|July 29, 8 AM|
Since the leaves tend to become intertwined together, halfway through the process the leaves are screened, untangled using this machine:
At 10 PM, it's time for the last step of the red tea process: drying. For this, the farmer uses his common electric roaster set at a low temperature, 85 degrees Celcius. The leaves are stacked on separate metal trays. That's where we put 70% of the leaves.
At 8 AM, after some rest (for the leaves and ourselves), we tasted the tea and compared the leaves from the 2 different driers. The infra-red dried tea tasted sweeter and so I purchased all the leaves that were dried in it (2.5 kg approximately). It's available here.