Hello from the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia: a magical place where tea gets made. 85% of the tea grown here stays in Malaysia, but I did learn about tea-making in general and for those of you that live in Brooklyn or Queens, I’ve written down the instructions that (stereotypically) would be most interesting to you:
If you live in Brooklyn, and wear plaid and a winter hat during the summer:
- Hand pick a lot of young leaves
- Wither them, surround them with hot air, reduce moisture level by at least 30%
- Roll them around for a bit, crush them
Suddenly these instructions are sounding a lot like a to-do list for a Brooklyn lothario.
- Age them with fermenting, what was once young and green turns brown and old
- Dry them out
- Sort them by leaf quality
- Put them in a pretty package
- Charge twenty dollars per packet at an outdoor food event.
If you live in Queens:
- Buy tea bags from grocery store
- Put tea bag in mug
- Pour hot water into mug