20 September 2008

Tour at Kebirigo Tea Factory (during trip to Kisii)

The plucked tea leaves arrive from the shamba in a lorry and are unloaded. This factory receives 200,000 kgs of tea leaves every day during the rainy season! That's over 200 tons! During the low season, they receive 40-50,000 kgs per day.

The tea leaves are spread out to wither. When the leaves arrive, their moisture content is 100%. After 5-6 hours, this will reduce to 65.5-66%.

Derrick and Jeremy tried to do the spreading like the workers.

Linet is showing “two leaves and a bud”.
This is what the workers "pluck" from the tea plants.

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