Friday, 9 March 2012
Tea for two, or three
Indonesia produces jasmine tea, green tea as well as the main product, black tea. Almost all is exported. Tea was introduced to the country in the 18th century by the Dutch but the industry went into decline after the second World War. However it was modernised and has picked up again during the last 30 or so years.
Part of the modernisation could have been to introduce machine picking but there is nothing to compare with hand picked tea leaves. It is labour intensive and exhausting and involves a lot of skill. The pickers can recognise precisely when the leaves should be picked to provide the best quality tea.
The next time I have a cup of tea, I will remember this. I must go and put the kettle on.
This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted on Beth Niquette's blog The Best Hearts are Crunchy.