Tea Production In Abkhazia

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Not many people know that Abkhazia can boast of wide tea fields located far from the main roads visited by tourists.

Tea Production In Abkhazia

The factory building requires repairing but money obtained are not enough to pay for it. The factory is a property of the state according to which growing of tea must not be cultivated as it is not a competitive culture.

Tea Production In Abkhazia

In Soviet times tea production in Abkhazia was the trend of priority and returned a profit. Tea-producing factories often exceeded the target and made salaries of all people engaged in the work much higher as compared to other inhabitants of the country.

Tea Production In Abkhazia

The best tea consists of leaves collected from the upper branches of bushes. This method however is not longer applied and special machines cut branches with leaves on them. Later the branches are processed and discarded.

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Collected tea goes to the first stage of processing through the conveyer band.

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Tea is pressed in rotating cans.

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Tea Production In Abkhazia

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Work of a real machine tool is presented here.

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Tea Production In Abkhazia

This tea is different from the one we usually use.

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The equipment is very old and produces much noise.

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Following initial processing tea mass goes to the next workshop where it is cut into smaller pieces and roasted.

Tea Production In Abkhazia

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Tea Production In Abkhazia

Tea Production In Abkhazia

After the tea was roasted it will be sorted out. Much of it is discarded.

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Branches and rough leaves are discarded at the stage of production.

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Tea dust is always in the air which is bad for those who suffer from allergy.

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Tea Production In Abkhazia

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Tea Production In Abkhazia

Ready-made tea is put into bags and divided into groups considering their sorts. There are three sorts of Abkhazian tea.

Tea Production In Abkhazia

‘Abkhazian Tea’

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Flour bags can also be used for packaging.

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Tea Production In Abkhazia

This Soviet certificate of honor was given to one of a factory worker 24 years ago.

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Freedom To Real Men!

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Crazy Aliens.

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Tea Production In Abkhazia

This part of tea was discarded. Its amount exceeds the one that will be sold.

Tea Production In Abkhazia

It is used as fuel for tea roasting.

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Tea Production In Abkhazia

As you can see, the factory is very old. It was built over 60 years ago. The equipment hasn’t seen any modernization for a long time. Now the factory works only in summer. Local authorities refuse to support tea production.

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Tea Production In Abkhazia

These tea fields are private and belong to inhabitants of the neighboring villages.

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Many tea bushes are left abandoned. The fields won’t produce any tea in future.

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Many tea bushes are slowly substituted by corns.

Tea Production In Abkhazia

Location: Gudauta

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11 thoughts on “Tea Production In Abkhazia”

  1. Great post, ER!! I really like seeing a functioning factory (altho it said it was only part-time) instead of non-functioning ones. There’s got to be demand; I guess not enough profits for the “landlords.” 🙁

  2. I love tea! I like to mix one part black tea with two parts herbal blueberry tea. Nom!

    What would tea used as fuel smell like when burning? It seems it would be really nice, like when you use certain woods to smoke various meats.

  3. Rustic tea! Looks tasty but well I guess they aren’t making too much profit like in Sri Lanka or India because that factory is ancient!

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