The Tea Geek

The Science of Tea

Can you distinguish between hot water pouring into a cup versus cold water into a cup, or coming out of a faucet — just by the sound? I’ll bet you can. But you probably never gave it a second thought. It’s all about fluid dynamics. Huh?

Yep! The secret is in the water molecules. The higher the temperature, the greater the degree of excitation and the lesser the density. Think of hot popping popcorn versus cold water turtles. Quite a difference, huh?
If you are interested, do a Google search for “hot water sounds different than cold water” and check it out for yourself.

TEA LINGO (Might vary from country to country)

If terms like TGFOP and BOP sound like a foreign language, here’s a list to help you get started:

CL or SP/CL (Clonal or Special Clonal) indicate that the tea was produced from clonal cuttings of tea plants with desirable characteristics.

P (Pekoe) is a grade of small, whole leaf tea.

OP (Orange Pekoe) designates a large or whole tea leaf particle.

Ceylon BOP Leafy Tea
BOP Ceylon Leafy Tea
Geragama Estate
BOP (Broken Orange Pekoe) refers to a grade that is finer than OP.

OPF (Orange Pekoe Fannings) is the smallest grade of Orange Pekoe.

Vanilla Chai Loose Leaf Tea 100 gms
Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe Ceylon Tea

FOP (Flowery Orange Pekoe) refers to tea made from the not-yet-fully-opened end bud and one new leaf.

G + (Golden i.e. GFOP or GBOP) indicates that the tea contains young tips or buds that have been picked early in the growing season. The term refers to the fact that young tips tend to have a golden hue. These leaves impart a more concentrated flavor, and thus are considered a higher grade than plain BOP and FOP teas.

T + (Tippy i.e. TGFOP) characterizes tea with a high percentage of golden tips.

F + (Finest i.e. FTGFOP) is used to identify high-quality teas.

SF + (Super Finest i.e. SFTGFOP) designates tea of exceptional quality.

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