Literally everything that goes into growing, harvesting and processing tea (Camellia Sinensis) affects the final characteristics it possesses. Thousands of tea gardens across the globe use techniques that have been past down for generations and new techniques are being tested every season. The best tea is grown where the elements are perfect. China, Japan, Sri Lanka, India and Taiwan are the 5 traditional countries where tea is grown. Soil, altitude, and climate are only a few elements that can affect the character and flavor. Once the tea leaf is harvested it goes into processing. Below is a chart that maps out what steps each variety goes through before it completes. While this is a simple illustration, it takes great skill and artistry to make a great tasting tea.
To find out more about each variety visit our Tea Varieties page.