Saturday, November 5, 2011

Nuwara Eliya Tea Plantation and Tea Factory 12 September 2011

The tea factory we visited at Nuwara Eliya.

Contact details of the factory.

1.The first stop was withering area. This process will blow-dry the young leaves that were freshly picked. We were told that they only pick young leaves and each pick should consist of 3 leaves only.

Our tour guide, explaining the details. Top view of the withering area where fans blew from the bottom of the rack.

Workers moved the sufficiently dried leaves to the next process.

The dried leaves were thrown into a tunnel slide that was connected with a huge rolling machine, a floor below.

The slide tunnel ended here at the rolling machine.

2. The rolling area.

3. Drying area. This process used high temperature to dry the rolled leaves which were being shred to small pieces earlier. The high temperature was fired up by a burning furnace right behind the drying machine.

Woods burning in the furnace to dry the tea leaves. We were told that this furnace is more than 80 years old.

The area near the furnace, wood chips, trunks, and blocks are strewn all over the place

The guide told us that these tea leaves are of high grade.

Variety of teas produced and shown to us.

Foggy and cool weather at Nuwara Eliya.

Tea was being served free and we only need to pay for the cake.

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