Tea grading is an imprecise system with no global standardization and no oversight. It uses old-fashioned and uses vague categorizations that can be confusing to outsiders and insiders alike.
So why bother learning it? Despite it’s annoying inconsistencies, it’s used across the industry by growers and producers. Knowing this language will give you some common ground when the acronyms and names start flying. It’s also useful if you’re buying teas online for blending.
We’ll have some fun, learn some weird tea terms, get a frame of reference for how tea grading works, and learn a bit about tea history. Grab a cup of your favourite tea and let’s get to it!