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An image of CTC tea.

CTC tea is fast-infusing and boldly flavored.

Lindsey Goodwin
Definition: Machinery processed tea, usually from Assam, Sri Lanka / Ceylon and parts of Africa and South America. The processing has three stages (crush, tear, curl or cut, tear, curl), hence the name 'CTC' tea. The resultant product looks like small pellets of black tea. It produces a very strongly flavored, quickly infusing tea that is often boiled or used in teabags.

Along with tea dust, CTC tea is one of the main types of tea used to brew black tea without milk, milk tea and masala chai in India.
Also Known As: Crush Tear Curl, Cut Tear Curl

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