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Tea Talk: Tea Grades - What are They & What do They Mean?


Let's get right into it. Tea grades are the levels of quality of tea that you can purchase. For those of you reading this instead of watching the video 'Pekoe' is pronounced 'peck-oh'. Now that we have that covered, let's get started!

  • Fannings/Dust: The tiny bits and pieces, usually leftovers from procesing. Commonly found in tea bags.
  • Broken Orange Pekoe (BOP): Tea with my small or broken pieces of leaves
  • Orange Pekoe (OP): A good quality tea, consisting of large leaf pieces. Used for teas from Sri Lanka or South India.
  • Flowery Orange Pekoe (FOP): Similar to OP, but used for teas from the rest of India or other regions.
  • Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (GFOP): A higher quality tea, that includes the golden tips of the young buds leaves.
  • Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (TGFOP): Similar to GFOP, but with an even higher proportion of golden tips.
  • Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (FTGFOP): Extremely high quality TGFOP.
  • And There you have it! For clarification, even though there is 'orange' in the name of the tea grade, does NOT mean that there is orange in the tea.

Hopefully you found this info a bit insightful and that your day is filled with tea, love & happiness. Until next time!


Born, raised, and residing in sunny California, Rebekah wants to live in a world where everyone drinks tea, books come bundled with pizza, and every “thank you” note is scribbled by hand.As an actress and tea lover, she decided to combine her two loves into Teacups and Blossoms- a YouTube channel dedicated to teaching and sharing with others about the world of tea.When she’s not filming new videos or performing on stage, you can find her reading and re-reading her favorite books, cooking delicious gluten-free recipes, and shamelessly watching seamless hours of Downton Abbey. 

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