Patent Number: 6,254,902

Title: Tea manufacture

Abstract: A method for processing whole leaf tea that involves impregnating tea leaves with liquid carbon dioxide within a pressure vessel, depressurising the vessel at a rate that is sufficient to freeze the liquid carbon dioxide, applying sufficient heat to cause the frozen carbon dioxide to sublime and consequently initiate fermentation within the leaves, allowing the tea to ferment for a time that is sufficient to achieve desired liquor properties, and drying the fermented product to yield the whole leaf tea. An apparatus for manufacturing such a leaf tea is also described.

Inventors: Hodges; Rosalind Clare (Bedford, GB), Mawson; Jonathan David (Bedford, GB)

Assignee: Lipton, a division of Conopco, Inc.

International Classification: A23F 3/06 (20060101); A23F 3/08 (20060101); A23B 007/10 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018