This steaming process also re-introduces moisture into the leaves.
The wet, hot tea is then put through another “piling” process to allow the remaining microorganisms to begin the second natural fermentation.
The Golden Flower is what is unique to PHatea®, the only tea to have this present during fermentation.
The bricks are then moved to shelving in special rooms where the temperature and humidity are controlled by another Tea Master.
Here they remain for 12-15 days to allow the growth of the final mystery of PHatea®, the “golden flower”.
From here the first high temperature steaming process occurs.
The leaves have hot steam passed through them for 50 seconds reducing unwanted bacteria.