What’s All This “Orange Pekoe” Stuff Mean?

It’s hard to imagine that once upon a time I found the term “orange pekoe” to be such a mystery. It’s really quite simple. “Pekoe” is a common grading of Indian and Ceylonian teas that has several finer gradings (each indicated by an additional letter added to the left of the others). Here is one …

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Tea Quality

There are over three thousand varieties of tea, and it would be nice if there were a way to gauge the quality of your tea, even perhaps to grade it. There is, but since tea grades do not follow a worldwide standard, communication is difficult. Green and oolong tealeaves are usually whole and not graded, …

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