Broken Orange Pekoe (or BOP as they are popularly referred to) is made by rolling the tea leaves to give a spiral look and then oxidise to make them "black". The orthodox processing method is used for making special "loose leaf" types including Oolong and white teas. What makes the "Broken Orange Pekoe" from Nilgiris even more special is the way the farmers care for harvesting the tender 10-12 days old leaves.
Farms are carefully maintained with weeding, pruning & fertilization at the right time.
Leaves are plucked with an interval of 12-15 days with "one bud & two leaves" formation.
Leaves are sorted manually at the factory to remove the occasional larger leaves & stems.
Leaves are dried on large troughs or on the floor to remove the moisture content.
Leaves are twisted in rotational drums or by hand to bring out the juices and flavour.
Leaves are spread in thin layers on the ground or on conveyor belts for a specific time period.
Leaves are dried in heaters or pans at high temperature to stop further fermentation.