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The two main varieties of tea plants are Camillia sinensis sinensis and Camellia sinensis assamica.  From these leaves the tea masters decide how the leaves will be processed to produce white, green, oolong, black or pu-erh tea. It's all up to the tea master...

Black tea is a type of tea that is more oxidized than green, white or oolong teas, and is usually stronger in flavour.  In Chinese, black tea is known as "red tea" as a description of the colour of the liquid, where the western term "black tea" refers to the colour of the oxidized leaves.  Compressed bricks of black tea were first used as currency along the Old Tea Horse Road in Mongolia, Tibet and Siberia in the 19th century.

After the harvest, the leaves are first air withered, then processed in either two ways, CTC (crush, tear, curl) or orthodox.  The CTC method processes the leaves with machines, which makes the leaves into fannings or dust grades which are commonly used in tea bags.  This method helps produce a better quality product from lower quality leaves.  Orthodox processing is done either by machines or by hand.  Hand processing is used for high grade teas and results in the high quality loose tea sought by many connoisseurs.  The tea leaves are left oxidize under controlled temperature and humidity; the level of oxidization determines the quality of the tea.  The leaves are then dried to stop the oxidization process, and is called the 'killing of the green".  The leaves are sorted with sieves into grades according to their size (whole leaf, broken, fannings or dust).  The tea is then packaged.

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