The Manufacture Masterclass



Each of the many types of tea: white, yellow, green, oolong, black, and pu’er are manufactured from the same fresh green leaf. This supplies the discrete biochemical building blocks that tea manufacture manipulates into a myriad of tea tastes, colours, shapes and aromas. We shall look at the how manufacture differs for each tea type – the similarities and the differences between processing each of them; how process conditions are controlled; what machinery is used; how we maximise quality during manufacture, and the many ways it can be lost. The day will cover all the very many aspects of tea manufacture, and perhaps open a door onto a fascinating subject that is often neglected.

For 27 years Nigel worked with Unilever Research on all aspects of tea improvement, from marginal condition planting to factory design, optimisation and value addition. In 1990 he founded Teacraft Ltd, which provides technical consultancy and training in tea husbandry, production, management, value addition and marketing, and also invented the award winning Teacraft ECM System “tea factory in a box” now used by Tea Research Institutes around the world. He also founded Nothing But Tea Ltd in 2002, a specialty tea company retailing loose tea via e-commerce. Nigel has been known to boast that he has personally manufactured good black tea on six of the world’s seven continents.