The way a tea is harvested is important for the quality of tea. Handpicked teas are of better quality than tea harvested using a machine because the leaves are not accidentally torn or damaged.
The native ecosystem of a tea plant’s growing region is composed of other plants and insects. These other plants and insects also influence tea terroir and the flavor of the tea.
There are two important qualities of soil that impact the flavor of tea and contribute to what is known as that tea’s terroir: acidity and nutrients.
Tea terroir is the set of environmental factors that influence the taste and overall characteristics of a tea. Elevation and latitude are two factors that make up terroir.
The amount of sun and shade a tea plant receives influence the flavor in your cup. Tea plants require some sunshine to grow but too much and the quality of the tea will plummet.