World Tea Expo
Pre-Conference: June 11-14, 2018
Conference & Expo: June 12-14, 2018
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

The Chemistry of Tea Production

  • Tuesday, 06/13/2017: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Room: N237
  • Session Number:  CS24


Tea chemistry is not the dull test tube stuff you learned at school.  The tea leaf contains an Aladdin’s cave of compounds – some unique to tea - that we have learned to manipulate into a myriad of tea types.  Just what is in those leaves and what use is it to the plant?  How in tea production do we select and favor certain biochemical pathways to create a range of tastes and quality?  And how does this mysterious tea chemistry affect you?  All this and more revealed . 

Learning Objectives


What compounds are present in fresh leaf on a tea bush
Why nature put them in there
Why we process those leaves to give the tea we want
How we control conditions during tea processing – and why
How the results of tea chemistry affect you – and your customer


Nigel Melican

Managing Director
Teacraft Ltd.