Tea Grade Nomenclature
Orthodox TeasBlack Tea - Main Grades
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
OP - Orange Pekoe – Same Style but small than OPA
FBOP - Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe - Same style of BOP but slightly bigger in size and consisting few tips
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
OP1 - Orange Pekoe One – More Wiry than OP
BOP1 - Broken Orange Pekoe one – Wiry and small than OP1
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
thanD - Dust - Similar to D1 but will appear slightly brown powder leaves price must be low
D1 - Dust 1 - The smallest of particles smaller than Fanning’s leaves
CTC Teas(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
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
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
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
GC - Green Curl - Opened coarse more dark color leaves
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
Main Grades- Small Leaf Tea
Broken Orange Pekoe (BOP)
A popular leaf size which helps to bring out a good balance of taste and strength. Well made, neat leaf of medium size without excessive stalk or fiber. There should not be any fine particles (fanning & dust) which are not true-to-grade.
Broken Orange Pekoe Fanning (BOPF)
Particles are smaller than BOP, popular in the higher elevations. Taste stronger than BOP whilst retaining all other characteristics.
Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe Fanning (FBOPF)
Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe Fanning’s – similar to BOP leaf but firm leaf consisting few tips.
Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe Fanning One (FBOPF1)
A typical low country semi-leaf tippy teas, similar to BOPF but firm leaf consisting little more tips than FBOPF.
Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe Fanning Special (FBOPFSP)
Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe Fanning’s special – similar to FBOPF1 but firm and more black leaf with much better tips.
Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe Fanning Extra Special (FBOPFEXSP)
A whole leaf tea with an abundance of long tips, similar to FBOP1 but firm and blacker leaf with much better leafy tips.
Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe (FBOP)
Smaller than BOP1 with presence of tips, but larger than FBOPF1
Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe One (FBOP1)
Long twisted wiry leaf, fairly tippy. Longer than BOP1.
The smallest of particles left after sifting which is often used in tea bags to infuse rapidly and make a brew that is strong and robust.
Dust One (DUST1)
Less grainy than PD & clean.
Main Grades- Leafy
Broken Orange Pekoe One (Bop1)
A well twisted semi-leaf tea generally from the low country, with a mild malty taste.
Orange Pekoe One (OP1)
Long, wiry well or partly twisted tea.
Orange Pekoe (OP)
A whole leaf, well twisted tea. A delicate brew that varies in taste according to the different districts. Less wiry than OP1, but much more twisted than OPA.
Orange Pekoe ‘A’ (OPA)
Long bold leaf tea with air twist consisting of large and slightly open leaf pieces.
Twisted and Coarse tea.
Flowery Pekoe (PEK – 1)
Similar to Pekoe but smaller in size.
Golden Tip (GT)
The (white tea) leaves of our Golden Tips tea are dried naturally. Lingering in sweetness due to hints of honey and pine, this light amber-hued liquor is also high in antioxidants.
Silver Tip (ST)
Similar to above made out of the buds but in silver colour.
C.T.C. (Cut, Tear & Curl)
Broken Pekoe One (BP1)
A larger size leaf with bold round particles giving a full body’s bright tea. Equivalent to size of high grown BOP, but granular.
Pekoe Fanning One (PF1)
A smaller size leaf with strong tasting tea. Equivalent in size to grainy high grown BOPF, but granular.
Pekoe Fanning (PFGS)
Fanning’s broken leaves, slightly larger than dust.
Broken Pekoe (BP)
Broken Stems, choppy, hard leaf tea.
Broken Orange Pekoe One ‘A’ (BOP1A)
Flak leaf without stalk and fiber. (Clean tea)
Chun Mee is a popular green tea. It has a dusty appearance and is generally more acidic and less sweet than other green teas. The tea is divided into several grades with numbers.
Gun Powder One (GP1)
Flavor varies according to the growing location of tea used for production. Its English name comes from its resemblance to grains of gunpowder. When buying gunpowder tea it is important to look for shiny pellets, which indicate that the tea is relatively fresh. Pellet size is also associated with quality. High quality gunpowder tea will have small, tightly rolled pellets.
Gun Powder Two (GP2)
Little opened coarse slightly bigger then GP1.
Gun Powder Special (GP -SP))
Bloom Curl twisted pieces of leaf.
Young Hyson (YH)
Similar to OP but colour must be green.
Green Curl (GC)
Opened coarse more dark colour leaves .
Even and neat opened pieces.
Green Tea Flowery Fanning (GTFF)
Similar to the BOPF, firm leaf but green color consisting little tips.
Green Powder (GRP)
Powder type tea last part of the manufacture.