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ESTATE TEA SOURCING / PRIVATE SALE

Our dedicated team of tasters travel extensively all around the tea producing region to source the finest teas for our blends. By keeping in regular contact with the best estates we always ensure that we have pick of the crop.

TEA TASTING / GRADING

Every lot of Tea sources passes through a set of Tea Tasting procedure. The Tea from the gardens of characters , Flavor, Strength of Cup, Infusing of boiled leafs and the Appearance and Make of the Made Tea Leaf.

AUCTION BUYING

Our Tea tasters regularly operate the tea auction center in Sri lanka around the year, enabling them to pick up the right quality tea at the most competitive rates. Maintenance of large inventory of various blends to suit every market. Once the importer / client approve the blend, the sample is frozen as a standard and supplies are made strictly in accordance with the set standard.

WAREHOUSING

We have modern warehousing and blending facility which is certified by ISO / HACCP. Storing, Packaging and Blending activities are all carried out here until De-Humidified conditions of 30-50% relative humidity.

CLEANING

Tea that comes from the plantation contains excess fiber, Foreign Material, Iron Filling (In CTC teas), nails, small stones, wooden chips etc. Therefore , St.Clair is very particular to take out these impurities from the tea. This process is done through a Magnetic Separator, Fiber Extractor, Color Sorter etc.

QUALITY ASSURANCE

Every confinement of Tea passed through stringent Quality norms. We apply TQM techniques at our production lines. This close contact with our suppliers enabled us to launch our Quality Assurance Program. Tea sends its technical staffs to look at every aspect of life on the tea estate. We monitor field & Factory quality standards, health & safety issues, hygiene and food safety, product quality and much more. The Shelf life of Tea is considered as higher than average industry standards due to its quality care policy.

BLENDING

The right blend of tea is that final packet which is acceptable to the clients /consumers. Our blend is prepared after mixing different teas of various origins and estates having distinctive features in liquor, size, aroma, infusing, color etc. Which are blended in right proportion as per standards set by the master blenders/ tea tasters to make a real true value for the customers?

PACKING

The traditional Ply-wood Tea Chest is steadily bearing replaced by alternate modes of packaging such as Multi-layered Aluminum Lined Paper Sacks, Poly-Propylene/ HMHDPE woven sacks, Poly-lined Gunny / Jute bags and Corrugated Fiber Box with Poly Jacket inside. Net weight per unit to be packed is determined by the volumetric density of a grade

CONTAINARISATION

After proper packing, Teas are stuffed in containers either in Palletized form (to facilitate handling by fork lift) or in loose form. While stuffing containers special care is taken to insure that no empty space is left to avoid damage during transit. Care is also taken against leakages and insured that the tea is free from any odor of taint.

PRE-SHIPMENT INSPECTION

The stuffing of containers before shipping is done under the vigilant ice of the Company’s representatives and the Custom Inspectors, thus ensuring total safety of the cargo. Third party Inspecting like SGS etc. is conducted as per customer’s requirement.

SHIPMENT

We export globally by both sea and air. We will always look at each customer and each order on an individual basis and collate several shipping quotes in order to get you the best price. Common mode of export is by sea. Majority of shipment are in containerized form. Majority of shipment are palletized before stuffing into containers. Expensive these are occasionally air freighted.