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Grades and Definitions

Orthodox Teas


Black Tea - Main Grades

P/PEK – Pekoe -  Twisted and Coarse
Pekoe1 - Same style, but small in size than the Pekoe
OPA - Orange Pekoe  ‘A’  - A good quality tea, consisting of large and slightly open leaf pieces
OP - Orange Pekoe –  Same Style but small than OPA
OP1-Orange Pekoe One  – More Wiry than OP
BOP1  - Broken Orange Pekoe one – Wiry and small than OP1
BOP  - Broken Orange Pekoe  - Small or broken pieces of leaves
BOPF - Broken Orange Pekoe Fanning’s - Smaller than BOP leaves , broken leaf, slightly larger than dust
FBOP - Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe  - Same style of BOP but slightly bigger in size and consisting few tips
FBOP1  - Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe one - Little small than the BOP1
FBOPF - Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe Fanning’s - Similar to the BOP leaf but firm leaf and consisting few tips
FBOPF1 - Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe Fanning’s one – Similar to the BOPF but firm leaf and consisting little more tips then FBOPF
FBOPFSP  - Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe Fanning’s Special - Similar to the FBOPF1 but firm and more black leaf with much better tips, prices are high
FBOPFEXSP  - Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe Fanning’s Extra Special – Similar to FBOP1 but firm and more black leaf with much better leafy tips, expensive than 
D1 – Dust 1 - The smallest of particles smaller than Fanning’s leaves
D – Dust – Similar to D1 but will appear slightly brown powder leaves price must be low
D2 - Similar to D but will appear fibrous brown powder leaves price must be low then D


Off Grades (Teas which are is not match for main grades)

BOP 1A – Broken Orange Pekoe one A– Weight Less Large leaves
BM - Broken Mix – Smaller then BOP 1A’s
FNGS -  Fanning’s broken leaves, slightly larger than dust
FNGS 1-  Fanning’s broken leaves, slightly larger than FNGS
PFNGS -  Fanning’s broken leaves, slightly larger than dust
PFNGS 1-  Fanning’s broken leaves, slightly larger than PFNGS
BP - Broken Pekoe - Broken Stems price must be low
BT - Broken Tea - Broken pieces  price must be low


CTC Teas
(crush, tear, curl or cut, tear, curl) 

BPS : Broken Pekoe Special – Even curl pieces
BP1 : Broken Pekoe 1- Little smaller then BPS
BPL : Broken Pekoe Leaf – Even leaf pieces
PF1 :  Pekoe Fanning’s 1 – Similar to BP1 but small pieces 
PD : Pekoe Dust - The smallest of particles smaller than PF1 leaves

 

Green Teas

CH – Chunmee – Curl twisted pieces smaller then GP Sp
GP1 – Gun Powder 1 - Twisted and Coarse similar to Pekoe but color must be green
GP2 – Gun Powder 2 – Little opened coarse slightly bigger then GP1
GP Sp – Gun Powder Special – Bloom Curl twisted pieces bigger then CH
YH1 – Young Hyson 1 – Similar to OP but color must be green
YH2 – Young Hyson 2 - Little opened and slightly bigger then YH1
GC – Green Curl - Opened coarse more dark color leaves
SW – Sowmee - Even and neat opened pieces
Sencha - consists of tiny dark green needle-shaped pieces
GTFF – Green Tea Flowery Fanning’s - Similar to the BOPF firm leaf but Green color consisting little tips
GTFF1 – Green Tea Flowery Fanning’s 1 - Similar to the GTFF but little bigger in size
GRP – Green Tea Powder – Powder type tea last part of the manufacture

 

White Tea

Silver Tips - These teas are small, unopened leaves of the tea plant. These tips are also commonly known as "buds," although they do not form flowers and also appear silver mixed white color.
Golden Tips – Similar to silver tips color appear as gold mixed white.
Fanning’s – Smaller leaves, similar to broken leaves larger than dust.