The Tea Trails experience: tea factory with a resident planter – Hatton
General Description: You are in the heart of the Tea Country: The eponymous English cuppa might have been somewhat stronger if not for the 1865 coffee blight. Old Ceylon’s up-country plantations were devastated – but not so the spirits of the pioneering planters. They threw in a crop of tea and never looked back. You will visit a factory, and learn about the whole processing procedure and how different types of teas are created.
Experience Description: You will visit a factory, and learn about the whole processing procedure and how different types of teas are created. Your host will take you through the entire process – from the drying of the green leaf to process of dehumidifying and provoking the chemical reaction that turns green leaf into tea, to the segmenting of the different particles which give you the different grades, to the packing and distribution.
Includes: A guided visit, no entrance fees required.
Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours.
Suitable for children: Small children will not follow the detailed explanation but they might enjoy seeing the machines and the process.
Meeting Time On Location: 10.00 AM
Pick-up Time: Those staying in Norwood will be able to walk down the road to the Factory. Those saying in any of the other 3 bungalow will be driven – by Tea Trails – to the factory. One leaves the bungalow around 9.00 AM. Please reconfirm the time with your butler.
Dietary: Not applicable.
What to wear or bring along: Casual clothing. You might want to wear long sleeves but you won’t need a jumper. The bungalow and the vehicles have umbrellas in case it rains.
Private or not? No, other Tea Trails guest may join.
In the know / Managing Expectations: It is a very comprehensive master class in the art of making tea but don’t worry, no one is going to examine you at the end. Some may feel the visit is a little too long, too detailed… fair enough.