It was fascinating to see how the tea was tied up in the canvas into a ball. You can see me tightening the tea ball above on a machine that twist the canvas bag into a tight ball. Then the canvas wrapped tea was placed on a rolling machine and allowed to roll around which is seen below. This process of steaming, bagging, and rolling happens repeatedly.
I have to admit that we cheated just a bit in our hands on tea making experience. For sake of time, our group left the rest of the rolling and the final baking up to Tea Master Steve and his team of workers. However, the opportunity to get to be a part of making tea with all of the steps and to work with Tea Master Steve Huang, was UNFORGETABLE.
We bid farewell to our new friend Steve and headed out to our next learning adventures. We were treated to a wonderful film at Lugu Farmers Association and Visitors Center. There they also had a museum that we toured. Inside the museum they had a typical tea farmers house. Our host/guide Thomas Shu told us that he grew up in a house very similar to the replica at the museum.
After a wonderful taste of their teas, we were off to the Ling Ji Tea Garden. It was there we were introduced to this interesting way of brewing their tea through ice. The ice is at the top and it drips down into the tea leaves which is in the second chamber. It then is collected at the bottom and put into containers to drink. I have never seen this before and wonder if it is done here in the US at all????