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    Default Re: Guess what

    That's so they only pick the best leaves, right size, color, etc. This results in the highest quality teas. Mechanically harvested tea is used for real low grade teas.

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    Default Re: Guess what

    Not according to these guys, it's just a more efficient method when you don't have $1 a day labor. Most of their process is mechanized and efficient. The tour included their entire process.

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    Default Re: Guess what

    Pea picker.

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    Default Re: Guess what

    Are they selling tea bags or packages of loose tea leaves? Either way, they are not getting the best quality from their tea plants. Asian tea masters tell their pickers what to look for each morning depending on the type of tea they are producing that day. What size, color, etc of leaf to pick. High quality tea is made from hand selected leaves, tea bags made to be plopped in nuked water are from the leaves that don't make the grade for the good stuff.

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    Default Re: Guess what

    Quote Originally Posted by KYDan View Post
    You are pretty close, but that is not what it is used for. A little hint for everyone one is, it is custom fabricated from a harvester and a tobacco sprayer.
    They have tobacco harvesters now? I must be getting old.
    Last edited by stuckmotor; 03-30-2013 at 05:35 AM.

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    Default Re: Guess what

    ? I have no idea, I don't drink tea. I simply was interested in the unique equipment they had fabricated and was sharing it with the forum. The harvester was created from a harvester and a tobacco sprayer, not a tobacco harvester.
    Last edited by KYDan; 03-30-2013 at 06:54 AM. Reason: answered two questions

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