Indian Tea Factory: Inside View
Do you like tea? Do you know how and where it is produced? Have you been to the tea factory?
No? Then today I will show you what the most ordinary Indian tea factory looks like inside, which produces very good Indian tea on the high mountains of the Blue Mountains in Tamil Nadu, and at the same time introduce you to the Indian technology for producing this wonderful drink.
Tea production is a very simple process. All that needs to be done after it has been assembled is chopped, chopped, dried and packaged!
And all this is done in stages at any tea factory, and for simplicity the whole process is done "top-down", that is, they start on the upper floors, and already at the bottom they get the finished product!
So we will begin our walk from above, from the attic. It is here that all collected tea leaves come from the very beginning. They are laid out here on such trays here, where tea leaves go through the first natural stage of drying. By the way, tea here still does not smell at all, because it is still completely "raw."
When the leaves dry, they are sent down for further processing. Despite the fact that the processes are conveyor and semi-automatic, at this stage the most ordinary manual human labor is applied.
Leaves from the "counters" are poured onto the floor, and then with their hands the workers send it down to a special hole in the floor. Yes, they just pour leaves into a hole in the floor! Now she is not visible, but she is over there, under the green foliage.
And under the “hole” in the floor a special gutter has already lurked, through which all the leaves fall onto a special conveyor that grinds them!
At this plant they make small chopped tea, and therefore they chop it here quite finely. In India, small tea is generally preferred, and large-leaf tea is made solely at the request of foreign exporting companies.
There he is, a tea chopping workshop. There is already the smell of tea, and even here it is very, very noisy !!!
And after the tea is ground, a multi-stage drying begins. In my opinion, there are 3 or 4 stages of drying tea at different temperatures and in different "dryers".
Here in this workshop is the initial drying of crushed leaves. Raw tea goes and “shakes” through a hot multi-stage conveyor, and at the end it enters a huge spinning drum, in which there is already a “hotter” drying. And here you are already breathing tea in full!
Although the process is automated, but still a special person watches everything!
And here he is, the control panel !!! Like in a real vintage factory, no computers, only light bulbs, levers and buttons!
And this is a device for determining temperature and humidity. Also a classic !!! Covered with a thick layer of tea dust, which the uncle will wipe away in minutes, so as not to disgrace)
And then we go down another floor, and then we see "Super Quality Tee Driver," which means "super cool tea dryer."
And she already dries tea at a very, very high temperature !!! After this super-dryer, tea is ready and can be brewed.
And you can’t even imagine HOW it smells like tea !!!
Well, on the very ground floor, tea is scattered on huge paper bags, which subsequently scatter around the world and fall into colored packaging, one of which, perhaps, lies in your closet)))
Indian tea NEVER bears the name of the one who produced it, but bears the name of the one who packaged it and sold it. Alas, the name of this small tea factory will never reach the final consumer of tea ... What can I do, India is still a largely raw country, including in the export of tea. And the Lipton and Greenfield packers, gluing their labels, earn much more than the factories that directly produce this tea.
And that's all for today, the walk around the factory is over, it’s time to go out into the fresh air, otherwise the smell of tea will make you dizzy ...