Process for manufacturing tea products

  • US 20090117229A1
  • Filed: 11/04/2008
  • Published: 05/07/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/05/2007
  • Status: Abandoned Application
First Claim
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1. A process comprising the steps of:

  • a) providing fresh tea leaves comprising catechins;

    b) macerating the fresh tea leaves thereby to produce dhool;

    c) fermenting the dhool for a fermentation time (tF) sufficient to reduce the content of catechins in the dhool to less than 50% of the content of catechins in the fresh tea leaves prior to maceration on a dry weight basis; and

    thend) expressing juice from the fermented dhool thereby to produce leaf residue and tea juice, wherein the amount of expressed juice is at least 50 ml per kg of the fresh tea leaves.

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