CORE.03 Tea Terroir Part 1 - China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan
With a strong foundation in the background of the tea plant and how teas are manufactured, we begin our journey to countries of origin and a detailed approach to terroir. And we rightfully start off with our focus on the birthplace of tea - China. Then we will travel to Korea, a smaller country of origin but home of quality green teas that are making a name for themselves around the world. This class will also explore two countries of origin highly influenced by China but truly unique unto their own – Japan and Taiwan. Again, we conclude with a focused cupping of these regions and continue to add to your experience and confidence in the organoleptic evaluation process.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- Name the major tea-producing regions of China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan and their notable teas.
- Identify teas from each country and understand their manufacturing processes.
- Describe the classic characteristics of teas from each of the key tea-growing regions.
- Discern the difference between the teas of various terroirs of each country.
- Understand the history of tea in each of these countries and their tea industries today.
YOU WILL RECEIVE: 8 teas
3 weeks (plus one week grace period to submit assignments and complete any tests.)
- Tea Terroir Part 1 - China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan
- Your Instructor
- The History of Tea in China
- The Chinese Tea Industry Today
- The Terroir of Tea in China
- Teas by Province
- The History of Tea in Korea
- The Korean Tea Industry Today
- The Terroir of Tea in Korea
- CORE.03 Assignment 1.1
- Week 1 Classroom Assignment
- End of Week 1 Quiz
- The History of Tea in Japan
- The Japanese Tea Industry Today
- The Terroir of Tea in Japan
- The Teas of Japan
- The History of Tea in Taiwan
- The Tea Industry in Taiwan Today
- The Terroir of Tea in Taiwan
- CORE.03 Assignment 2.1
- Week 2 Classroom Assignment
- End of Week 2 Quiz
- Sensory Evaluation and Professional Tea Cupping
- CORE.03 Cupping Exercise
- Week 3 Classroom Assignment
- Final Exam
Prerequisites: CORE.01; CORE.02e
June 2018 class: Registration runs May 1 through May 28. Session is open June 4 through July 1
August 2018 class: Registration runs June 26 through July 30. Session is open August 6 through September 2.
October 2018 class: Registration runs August 28 through September 24. Session is open October 1 through October 28.
A world of information!
Brenda PreussDec 01, 2017
This was an intense course, yet I'm so glad that I took it. Thank you!
Kimberly RichardsonNov 29, 2017
My favorite class so far with WTA - I really enjoyed learning about the terroir of China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan!
Kelly McCormickNov 27, 2017
A really good start to diving deep into the culture and geographical differences in Camellia sinensis. It inspired additional research, map searches and tea cuppings to really appreciate and respect the impact of tea in these cultures and throughout history.
Terri AllmonSep 25, 2017
A ton of information and lots of learning. very deep material with all of the history.
James FahrnyMay 28, 2017
Excellent course. I enjoyed learning about the teas from China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. Especially exciting was getting to infuse and taste specific teas that we had studied.
Cynthia HendersonMay 19, 2017
I found the format of this course very effective-including the history & regions, then tea production styles. The maps were helpful. I think that understanding of the teroirs/geography woul be enhanced by including topographic as well as regional maps - for China, Japan, S.Korea & Taiwan - plus another blank map that the student can print out . The students can then write the regional teas discussed in the text onto the appropriate region)s) on the maps. My favorite class thus far!
Diane GalvanMay 18, 2017
This was the most informative class so far. It was such a great learning experience and was very interesting. Thank you.
Alex AhearnMay 11, 2017
Fascinating course. A lot of information to cover. Because of my hectic schedule, it was almost too much information at once. I will keep the notes from this class and refer to them often to keep me informed on my tea journey. I love how the course covers not only the production of each tea, but gives the history, culture and traditions surrounding the teas. I definitely need to hone my skills in sensory evaluation descriptors. Maybe a portion of this course or another course could be offered focusing on sensory evaluations only. Thank you for your valuable feedback on coursework! Looking forward to more classes!
Patricia DennisonMar 28, 2017
Excellent well written and laid out information, feedback, peer review, and cupping sessions. Everything is more in depth than I could hope for.
Dylan SmithMar 26, 2017
What a fun class! I enjoyed all of the reading materials, the extra videos, and the cupping experiences. All of the images and graphics were great - I wish there were more! Especially maps - I found myself scrolling a lot back to the maps so I could try and remember what province or prefecture we were in - more maps, especially ones that highlight the region we're in, would be useful for me. I also wouldn't mind some lecture-videos. Each of the classes in the catalog has a video sample to watch, and that made me think that much of the class might be listening to Donna Fellman lecture. I didn't mind the reading, but I also wouldn't mind more videos of Ms. Fellman! They are very well done, and helpful, especially when we're talking about leaves or infusions. Lastly, the feedback on my assignments was tremendous - much more than I expected. It's great to not only get constructive criticism, but more special knowledge as well. Thank you very much for a great class!
Peter WilsonMar 25, 2017
I first want to thank you for all the time that you have invested to produce those academic lesson. i'm personally really pleased to be part of this educational institution.Do you propose educational trip to those producing countries?
Christian SemaanJan 23, 2017
I had a lot of fun with the cupping assignment in this class. Having studied the countries, regions and terroirs it was great to actually get to apply the knowledge to a tea. Looking forward to Core.04! Thanks, LoriD
Lori DiverseyJan 17, 2017
This is certainly a comprehensive course with a lot of detail that is authoritative and accurate. Well worth the study.
Tony DickOct 30, 2016
I feel like I've just tea tour of four countries! Highly informative trek through China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan, highlighting the history of their respective teas and current production. It was also great to learn about the most important teas coming out of each country. Truly informative.
Carrie MakaiOct 25, 2016
This is a wonderful course. I have learned so much about the history, terroir and production of many different types of teas from China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan.
Georgia RaynaJun 26, 2016
This was the best of the courses so far. Not only was it full of information and geography, the cupping exercises held a lot of little discoveries.
Christina MilsteinJun 23, 2016
These countries have such a long and intertwined history with tea, not to mention the vast number of varieties that they produce. Always a facinating area of study.
David PasiekaApr 24, 2016
This course was very educational - it forced me to go and study geography, population, agriculture of countries I was not familiar with. I wanted to know more about the places that are growing our tea. Great course. Thanks
JD DanielsFeb 23, 2016
Awesome courses and I so appreciate the instructor feedback.! Thank you Donna for all you do.
Joan ChissusFeb 22, 2016
There is so much information with China and Taiwan alone. Perhaps this should be a separate topic? Otherwise, it was a wonderful window into each country!
Juliet TiuFeb 21, 2016
Great course! Overwhelming I believe due to the unfamiliar asian names......yet I'm sure this is just the tip of the iceberg. So much to learn - I am excited :o)
Sofia CampbellFeb 21, 2016
So much information! All of it very useful.
Terra SwanNov 27, 2015
Excellent course with great information!
Karri NagelMay 25, 2015
A lot of cuppings! For someone who works full-time it was kind of hard to do so many. But appreciate everything as always.
Tiffany TaylorMar 26, 2015