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The Arbor Teas Blog

Tea Term of the Month: "Orthodox"

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Refers to the method of producing tea predominantly by hand, with great care and a high level of human involvement (as opposed to a predominantly mechanized approach). Generally involves hand plucking and often hand rolling, but occasionally includes some closely supervised use of machinery.  At Arbor Teas, all of our organic loose leaf teas are produced by way of orthodox manufacture (with the exception of our Japanese green teas, which belong to a special catagory of tea production all their own).  For an excellent example of orthodox manufacture, check out the hand-plucked and hand-rolled leaves of our Mao Jian Green Tea!