Some people wonder if the Keemun black tea they buy is broken when they open it. Does that mean it’s inferior in quality? Let’s understand how Keemun black tea is broken.
Keemun black tea “broken”
Keemun black tea can be divided into three categories according to its shape and technology. Ten famous Chinese teas are Keemun Men Gongfu black tea, Keemun snail and Keemun Maofeng. The “broken” Keemun black tea is commonly seen in traditional Keemun Gongfu black tea. Keemun Gongfu Black Tea is generally about 0.6-0.8 cm in length, is based on the initial production of Keemun Black Tea, after more time-consuming “refinement process” to produce, tightly striped, the length of the basic size of the same, in the naked eye, far smaller than the ordinary tea, so we will give the impression of “broken”.
why is Keemun black tea broken?
Catering to export demand
Keemun black tea is the best of black tea. It has been produced for more than 100 years and enjoys a high reputation both at home and abroad. The “broken” of Keemun black tea is also closely related to its background. At the beginning of Keemun black tea, export was the main purpose. The history of Qi Hong is also mainly export oriented. Europeans and Americans drink tea, not as much as the Chinese pay attention to brewing appearance and so on, but habitually filter tea in the form of tea bags, or brew tea to better release tea substances, cut off the screening of Keemun broken black tea just in line with the taste of foreign consumers.
Conforming to international standards
The grading criteria of black tea in the world are screened by machine, which is different from the raw material standard of traditional Chinese black tea. At that time, China was still very backward, in the embryonic state of the industrial revolution, and in order to meet the international standards of hierarchy, our ancestors used primitive tools, in the process of refining Keemun creative blending of cutting, screening, blending, stacking and other complex processes to meet the needs of the international market, so that It is said that Keemun’s “broken” black tea is a worldwide consumption demand.
Not broken Keemun black tea
Over time, the main consumption market of Keemun black tea has been transferred from abroad to China. In order to meet the needs of the market, there have been some innovative “new Qi Hong” in the market in recent ten years. The innovative Keemun black tea is more complete and beautiful in appearance than the traditional Keemun black tea. Its taste and aroma are more suitable for the public. The Keemun Snail and Keemun Maofeng are typical examples.
In fact, the “broken” of Keemun black tea does not mean that it is not good quality, nor does it mean that you buy fake tea. It is only to meet the needs of different consumers, so as to improve the technology. If you are a veteran tea drinker who likes mellow and full-bodied, not very surprising, you can choose “Keemun Gongfu Black Tea” or “Innovative Keemun” if you are beautiful in surprise and in brewing. Whatever you choose, Keemun’s “fragrance” or that “Keemun fragrance,” the “fragrance” never changes.