Tea is the world’s most popular beverage next to water, and is consumed in about 80% of U.S. households. True tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. In fine teas, only the top two leaves and bud are hand-picked to be processed. The production of tea is truly a labor intensive process. Close to 80,000 hand-picked shoots are needed to produce a pound of high-quality tea. There are literally thousands of varieties of teas, but the way a tea is processed determines its classification.