A lot of care and know-how goes into the making of fine artisan teas here in Taiwan, and the same can be said about the packaging of tea. Ever wonder how tea is packaged? The local packaging services in tea producing regions in Taiwan are all family-run businesses. In acknowledgement of their important role, we want to show you one and how they package tea.
Our primary packaging company in Lugu was initially run by a husband and wife team, and is gradually being taken over by the son and his wife (and grand daughter!).
Tea is delivered in bulk bags by its makers or local merchants. As usual, we brought the day's purchase from our tea farmer friend to this family establishment to be packaged for retail sales.
Above, the father pours the bulk bag of tea leaves into a dispenser machine. This machine will weigh out preset portions of loose tea into individual packages.
Here, the amount of tea to be dispensed is being set. Once set, the tea can be quickly portioned out into individual bags.
The amount of tea to be portioned can be adjusted to the customer's needs. The standard amounts in Taiwan are 75g, 150g, and 300g that are packaged in vacuum sealed bags.
After everything is dialed in, the tea is quickly portioned into individual bags.
Next, the tea packages are put into a holding rack. This allows the tea bag to remain in a nice rectangular form when placed into the vacuum sealer.
The tea packages in the holding racks are then placed into a vacuum sealing machine that removes the air from the package and then heat seals it. Vacuum sealing keeps the tea fresh and minimizes the size of packaging.
Final adjustments made before vacuum sealing the bags.
The vacuum sealing process is relatively quick, and takes only about a minute.
Vacuum sealing done.
The final vacuum sealed tea packages ready for labeling!
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