The production of pressed tea is fully automated, and prepare the tea tile or "brick" house is almost impossible. However, with special conditions for drying and pressing of tea, you can try to make tea tile home. Of course, its taste will vary from tea prepared by professionals, and the shelf life is significantly reduced. But to try a drink in a new form or to create beautiful molded figurine as a gift.
Pressed tea can be either black and green, but pressing only fit a small tea leaves. Clean tea blend from branches and stems. Express tender mild leaves for lining tea "bricks": they must be free to curl up in a rolls. Rough papers are "filling" the tea tiles.
Sauté tea leaves (separate soft and hard) in the hot metal drum: warm up the tea to a temperature of 65-75 degrees.
When the leaves warms up (happens the fermentation process), start to twist in a special unit: he resembles a large meat grinder. Deformation of a leaf allows it to saturate the cells with oxygen. In this process, the surface of the sheet begins to appear the juice.
From the tea juice to get rid in the drying process. Dry tea in a constant stream of hot air at a temperature of 70-75 degrees. After drying, place the hot tea leaves in dark boxes, tamp them tight and leave it for 6-12 hours (depending on the tea).
If the tea extract is passed correctly, the leaves are distinctive for their varieties of color and smell. Remove the tea from the boxes and again dry them at a temperature of 80 degrees. Keep the humidity in 8%.
Before pressing the tea must be steamed. In this process, the surface of the tea are of a special adhesive that allows "brick" to keep the shape.
Steamed tea place in special forms for the press, with a basis of tea put between the layers of veneer. 1.6 kg main use tea 400 grams cladding material. This five-pound "brick" pressed in a hydraulic press under a pressure of 9.8 and 10.8 MPa for one hour.
Pressed tea dry at a temperature of 35 degrees, then put in the boxes for "ripening" for 15-20 days.