Ranah.co.id – Department of Agricultural and Biosystem Engineering (TPB) Fateta Andalas University (Unand) synergizes with PT. Mitra Kerinci held a scientific seminar with the theme Healthy with Green Tea, which was held at the PKM Building, lt. 1 Andalas University, yesterday.
This scientific seminar presented Khandra Fahmy from TPB Unand Lecturer, Unand Professor Rizanda Machmud and Commissioner of PT. Partner of Kerinci and founder of Sila Tea Iriana Ekasari.
As is well known, Indonesian people are no strangers to tea. The culture of drinking tea seems to be a mandatory agenda that is carried out every morning for everyone before starting their activities.
But does everyone understand that tea consumed every morning can bring health benefits or not? Maybe the answer is not everyone understands that.
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The seminar was opened directly by the Dean Fateta Alfi Asben with moderator Fadli Irsyad. Alfi Asben conveyed that this activity was part of the 3rd lustrum activity of Fateta.
“Hopefully Fateta can cooperate in research and community service carried out by lecturers, student internships or street vendors. So that students will get a lot of benefits from field activities,” he said.
Khandra Fahmy in his presentation entitled the process of drying and quality of green tea explained that there are four stages involved in the processing of green tea, namely withering, rolling, drying 1 and drying 2. Then green tea contains ingredients in the form of Anthraquinones, Tani, Total Phenols and Antioxidants.
At the end of the presentation, Khandra Fahmy said that the smoke generated by wood fuel in the green tea drying process had a significant effect on the polyphenol content and antioxidant activity of green tea leaves.
The higher the smoke concentration, the lower the polyphenol content and antioxidant activity. However, the influence of smoke can give a distinctive taste and aroma to green tea.
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The professor from Rizanda’s Faculty of Medicine also presented material on the topic of the benefits of tea from a health perspective. Rizanda said that tea is a popular drink as well as traditional medicine for Chinese and Japanese people for thousands of years.
And now, tea has become a favorite drink for many people around the world. Tea is a drink containing caffeine, an infusion made by steeping the leaves, buds, or dried stalks of the Camellia sinensis plant in hot water.
The health benefits of tea include fighting free radicals, reducing the risk of several types of cancer, helping to lose weight, making skin healthier, reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, reducing the risk of diabetes, lowering cholesterol levels and many other benefits that can be obtained when someone consumes tea. .
It is also hoped that tea can be consumed without sugar or for those who like sweet, just add a little sugar to the tea drink.
And the last presentation was delivered by the commissioner from OPT Mitra Kerinci Iriana Ekasari. Iriana expressed her gratitude to the TPB Department for being willing to collaborate on seminar activities with PT. Mitra Kerinci with the hope that similar activities can continue in the coming year.
In her explanation, Iriana explained that there are many nutrients in tea that are needed by the body. The taste and aroma produced will be different from each production, both green tea and black tea. There are two values that can be obtained from brewing tea.
The first is preserving nature, especially tea grown from seeds during the Dutch era. The roots can reach a depth of 3 meters, because the roots of the tea are gripping the ground. The tea population density per hectare was kept tight, in 1 hectare the area of the garden could reach 12000 -13000 thousand trees, in fact there were still around 500 ha of tea plants planted an hour in 1920.
Why do tea plantations rarely experience landslides? This is because the nature of tea is to grip the ground, has a densely connected canopy so that the raindrops do not immediately break down the soil particles as a result when rainwater comes and falls to the tips of the tea leaves.
The second value is in terms of health, tea brings health value. Everyone who diligently consumes tea, his health will always be maintained. That’s why tea is able to care for nature, and provide healthy benefits for everyone who consumes it.
That’s where the highest score is obtained. At the end of her presentation, Iriana said that tea plantations are agro-industry plantations that are able to properly maintain nature conservation and care for ecosystems.
The scientific seminar activities also demonstrated how to brew good tea by Iriana, so that everyone who will drink the tea will feel the pleasure that is obtained. At the end of the seminar, the committee distributed door prizes to students and lecturers who succeeded in making rhymes with the theme of healthy green tea
Marketing and Sales Manager of PT. Mitra Kerinci Boy Risnal said that this activity was actually part of educating the public, especially the people of Padang City, to convey the advantages and benefits of consuming green tea.
“This collaborative activity with fateta is part of the contribution to the alma mater with the support from PT. Mitra Kerinci,” said Boy, who is also an alumnus of the 2000 Agricultural Technology major.
He explained, people are famous for consuming tea. The tea consumed is the lowest great tea, not the top tea, let alone special tea.
Boy added, the company has packaged a concept so that green tea which is labeled as expensive can be affordable by the public, green tea which is specially intended for export but now how can the company market it at an affordable price starting from IDR 35,000 so that it can be consumed by the public.
“It’s a pity that the best tea with good quality, is produced from West Sumatra itself, but the people themselves are unable to enjoy these results. This means that it is too early for us to judge that the people of West Sumatra cannot afford the best quality green tea even though they don’t mind the price, that’s why the price was pressed. by the company so that everyone can enjoy tea, I think that’s a fair price,” said Boy.
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