Pekoe Tea Grades: Unmuddling OP, BOP, SFTGFOP System

Pekoe Tea Grades: Unmuddling the OP, BOP, SFTGFOP System There’s no clear way to classify the quality of teas. China uses growers’ and sellers’ ratings, sometime as simple numbers: Grade 1 (highest), 2, through to 7-9, the most likely you’ll find in the supermarket. It also often uses labels analogous to USDA beef grade of Prime, Choice, though without formal certification: Premium, Choicest, Fine.  Japan’s grades for matcha are among the sharpest in implication: Ceremonial and culin

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3 thoughts on “Pekoe Tea Grades: Unmuddling OP, BOP, SFTGFOP System

  1. How can we know if a tea is free from pollutants and pesticides? If it is grown in a pollution free area, and under organic standards?

  2. Certified organic teas are – in theory, at least – inherently free of pesticides and pollutants. However, I would like to point out that even a cup of tea brewed from leaves produced in a conventional (as in non-organic certified) garden will have negligible, probably indetectable, amounts of residue. Please keep this in mind when you are buying your milk, produce, meat, etc., at the supermarket. If you’re not buying organic in these categories, changing those purchasing habits will have substantially more positive health benefits than whatever tea you are buying.

  3. How can being grown organically insure against pollutants? China has some of the worst air pollution in the world. Not only are these pollutants deposited on the leaves, but the soil has been absorbing them for decades!

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