If you are depressed - Tea will cheer you
If you are heated - Tea will cool you
If you are excited - Tea will calm you
Look closely at the box of tea bags at home and find out what country those tea leaves come from.
Sri Lanka was called Ceylon until 1972. In fact it was known as a variety of names down through the years before the country achieved full independence. Read all about it here.
While the factory was roasting hot, with deafening noise, all the workers seemed quite happy. As you can see in the photo, they had hair nets and uniform/overalls.
The factory might fail many of Ireland's stringent safety standards, it seemed be be very organised and everyone knew what they were doing!
Some of the most common blends are in the crate above.
If you look closely at your tea at home that you bought in the supermarket, you will find it is probably BOPF or black tea. An explanation of all the different teas can be found here.
The history of the Ceylon Tea is very interesting. Coffee was the principal crop of the country until the 1870's. The coffee crop failed and tea was planted as an alternative. In time, most of the coffee plantations and factories were converted to tea plantations.
And the best part of the tour.......