CORE.01 Essentials of Camellia Sinensis
This class introduces Camellia sinensis and the three factors that make it possible for this one plant to be the source of hundreds of kinds of teas. It also explores the botany of the plant, including the history, varieties, cultivars and cellular chemistry. The class continues with the six stages of tea processing and an overview of the six types of tea that come from this single amazing plant. The session concludes in week three with an introduction to professional cupping and the sensory evaluation of tea - a skill you will develop and hone throughout the program.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
• Name the three factors that make it possible for the one tea plant to produce so many different kinds of tea.
• Describe the tea plant’s botanical origins and primary commercial varieties.
• Define variety, cultivar and landraces and the significance of these in tea cultivation.
• Name and describe the six stages of tea processing.
• Name the six types of tea.
• Identify the defining stage of processing for each type of tea.
• Set up and conduct a professional tea cupping session for the sensory evaluation of teas.
You Will Receive:
Six teas plus the Starter Cupping set: Two cupping sets, a thermometer, timer and gram scale.
3 weeks (plus one week grace period to submit assignments and complete any tests.)
Please note: Due to strict regulations and enforcement policies by Mexican customs officials, we are unable to ship packages to addresses in Mexico.
Who Should Take This?
Everyone interested in tea should take this introductory course. This course is designed for tea professionals working at all levels of the industry who wish to further their knowledge of tea, their career goals or increase sales of tea. It is ideal for tea professionals and enthusiasts who wish to learn about the basics of tea education, starting with in-depth understanding of the tea plant and the stages of processing. Anyone taking this course will gain a basic understanding of the six types of tea, their manufacturing processes and basic cupping skills, including how to use the 3 piece professional cupping set.
World Tea Academy Certified Tea Specialist Candidates:
Successful completion of this class counts towards certification for WTA Certified Tea Specialist. CORE.01 is a prerequisite for CORE.02 through CORE.06 classes.
Prerequisites: This is the first class in our online certification program. There are no prerequisites to take this class. All the teas and materials you need for the class will be shipped to you. Schedule
This course is offered every month from January through November in 2018.
International If your class materials will be shipped to a non-US domestic address you will be charged $75 for shipping at check-out. Please note: Due to strict regulations and enforcement policies by Mexican customs officials, we are unable to ship packages to addresses in Mexico.
- Essentials of Camellia Sinensis
- Your Instructor
- Part One – The Three Factors
- Part Two – The First Factor: The specific variety or cultivar of the Camellia sinensis plant
- Part Three – Camellia sinensis’ Life as a Plant
- Part Four - The Cultivar in Our Cup
- CORE.01 Assignment 1.1
- Week 1 Classroom Assignment
- End of Week 1 Quiz
- Part One - The Ways the Leaves are Processed
- Part Two - The Six Types of Tea
- CORE.01 Assignment 2.1
- Week 2 Classroom Assignment
- End of Week 2 Quiz
- Introduction to Sensory Evaluation and Professional Tea Cupping
- CORE.01 Cupping Exercise
- Week 3 Classroom Assignment
- Final Exam
May 2018 class: Registration runs March 26 through April 30. Session is open May 7 through June 3.
June 2018 class: Registration runs May 1 through May 28. Session is open June 4 through July 1
July 2018 class: Registration runs May 29 through June 25. Session is open July 2 through July 29.
August 2018 class: Registration runs June 26 through July 30. Session is open August 6 through September 2.
September 2018 class: Registration runs July 31 through August 27. Session is open September 3 through September 30.
October 2018 class: Registration runs August 28 through September 24. Session is open October 1 through October 28.
November 2018 class: Registration runs September 25 through October 29. Session is open November 5 through December 2.
PiotrMay 08, 2018
Wonderful...truly educational... so much information that I did not know. Thank you.
RajJun 30, 2018
I appreciate the quick response to questions. The videos were also very helpful and I really enjoyed the choice of teas for cupping. I look forward to taking more classes in the future. I took this class for self development and will most likely remain a consumer not seller of teas.
NancyNov 30, 2017
This course is excellent! Thank you so much!
alejandraOct 23, 2017
This is a great course, both for the beginner as well as the more knowledgeable tea connoisseur: it is incredibly complete and well-structured for such a short course. I have read many books about tea over the years and with this course I finally felt that I consolidated the information I had learnt and filled in all the gaps. Don't change a thing! I canâ€™t wait to continue!
Maria InêsOct 22, 2017
Excellent course and very good video sessions by instructor Donna Fellman.
UlisesJul 29, 2017
I have learned so much from this class! I will be continuing my education in this field. Donna has put together materials that are comprehensive and challenging, but has done it in a way that a novice like myself can understand.
RuthJul 22, 2017
I found this course to be a good base for future learning and really appreciated Donna's availability for my many questions.
TerriJul 21, 2017
I really loved this course and learned so much about tea that I never knew before. There is A LOT of information to absorb, but I am hoping that it will stick and become easier as I learn more about tea and its processing in my continuing classes.
SusanJun 26, 2017
This was a very well organized course that provided a lot of information on tea. I am new to the tea arena and have a lot to learn. This course was provided a lot of information in a way that didn't overwhelm me. Great course!
MaryMay 23, 2017
Does a great job at providing the groundwork for organizing future knowledge about tea. There is an excellent overview of each step of the production process, each main style of tea, and the process of cupping for look, aroma, and taste.
ThomasMay 22, 2017
This course was packed with information. So rich and interesting. It's been over 20 years since I've graduated from college and id forgotten how rigorous coursework can be! Our instructor, Donna Fellman, was very prompt in getting back to me with clarifications, answers to questions, and providing feedback on assignments. I really liked the videos...without them I wouldn't have understood how to do the tea cupping exercises. I believe any suggestions for improvements would come down to personal taste. This course had so many positive qualities. The only thing I can pick on would be that by the time we came to week 3 and the cupping exercises, I didn't have enough time to find an adequate electric tea kettle. I spent about 5 hours running to different stores to find one. Nothing was in stock, I would have had to order one online. Thank you so much for this opportunity and thank you to Donna for being a wonderful instructor!
EllenMay 01, 2017
I found this course to be very educational and detailed that significantly helped enhance my current knowledge base. Thank you!!
KathleenApr 01, 2017
While I found a bit of the biology of tea leaves a bit overwhelming, I loved learning about the different types of tea and the differences in their processing. This knowledge coupled with the experience in "cupping" has broadened my basic knowledge of tea. The videos are quite helpful and were instrumental in learning how to cup. Thank you, Donna!
TanseyMar 30, 2017
Informative and well-organized course. The opportunity to interact with other students in week 3 worked well.
soniaMar 04, 2017
This course was a very thorough introduction to Camellia sinensis. It opened my eyes to the immense world of this incredible plant. The format and pace of the class was challenging, well thought out, nicely presented, and easily accessible. The instructor was very friendly, informative and responsive. I looked forward to continuing my tea education with the Academy.
DoniMar 03, 2017
Great information, well organized. I've learnt the foundations and am excited to delve deeper into the world of tea.
MathieuJan 23, 2017
Would love to know how some of these words are pronounced, not sure just by reading it I was saying it correctly. The instructor was wonderful and attentive, answered questions and provided great feedback.
MariaJan 23, 2017
Very concise videos and written materials, the content, quizzes and assignments are perfect for both those who are just getting into tea, and those who have a good background with it. Of any class I have taken this definitely takes the cake for how well prepared it was and the content given. Thank you!
DylanJan 22, 2017
This was such an excellent course! My level of knowledge has grown exponentially in just three short weeks ! I am looking forward to future classes as I work towards my Tea Sommelier Certification. The only feedback that I have would be possibly to a live/visual conference chats so that we would have an opportunity to meet the instructor and meet those of us who are taking the course.
Tammy Jan 17, 2017
This is a great introduction to the tea industry!
EricDec 04, 2016
A wealth of information is provided in this course and is a great introduction to the world of tea!
TinaDec 03, 2016
Great course! Highly recommended.
KaitlynDec 03, 2016
Loved the course. I found it fascinating to learn about the amazing tea leaf and how so many teas can come from one tea leaf. I hope to take more classes in the future. There was so much vital and interesting information-I hope I can remember it! Thank you Donna!
JanineNov 28, 2016
This is a great introductory course to the study of tea. It is comprehensive and covers all the basics in great detail plus more. I did not expect to learn about botany of the tea plant but found this to be very helpful.
LynetteNov 27, 2016
This course had much more to offer than i had expected. It gave me a lot of unknown insights about tea. I also leaned the proper way of doing a cupping and sensory evaluations of teas. I look forward for the remaining courses now.
BharatOct 29, 2016
Very well done! I was apprehensive about a on line class but now I am ready to proceed to core2. Thank you Donna & Babbett for the personal feedback on my lessons.
TamaraOct 24, 2016
It was a great class. I learned so much from the ground up. Starting with the science and moving to sensory evaluations. I appreciate that all the necessary teas and materials were provided. The videos were excellent and thorough. Thank you!
JulieOct 23, 2016
Fortunately, I found much more than I was expecting... I had a wonderful time studying and practicing. Look forward to attend the next courses!!!! Thank you so much! :-)
NathaliaJul 31, 2016
Enjoyed the content and fabulous video's. I didn't give it a 5 star as I would have liked to have had at some point, personal interaction via Skype or gotomeeting with the instructor and fellow class mates. Otherwise it was great! Looking forward to the next class.
M RenéeMay 26, 2016
As a newbie to the Tea Industry I am extremely grateful for the exposure to this invaluable introduction and training that i have received in this course. Definitely can say that it is the right foundation necessary to pursue a career as a Tea Professional! I shall continue learning with you all for sure!!
SimoneMay 24, 2016
A fun coarse! Very informative and eye-opening!
AllegraMay 02, 2016
The course was very informative and helpful in developing a good knowledge base to build on. Thank you
JohnApr 30, 2016
I totally loved this course and all the assignments and activities too. I'm already excited for the next course to further widen/improve my knowledge.
Naiya Apr 28, 2016
Great course for the basics! Was excited that it included a lot of the science behind the essentials; makes for a more complete understanding, and much of it was new information and details for me as a result.
MatthewApr 24, 2016
This first course was so much more than I imagine. I loved learning about the chemical break down of the leaves, how the leaf is contructed, and why it makes it a tea leaf. I can't wait to continue learning!
Rebekah Apr 23, 2016
This definitely led to greater understanding of the basics of tea. I want to thank the instructor, Donna, for answering my questions. More multimedia files early in the course would be welcome, although not necessary. I find I learn best from multiple methods - reading, listening, watching, tasting. Thank you.
ChristinaApr 19, 2016
Very detailed and Very Informative. Easily Understandable and Well Written.
LeeMar 27, 2016
Very enjoyable. I espeically liked delving into the physical / chemical composition of the tea leaf and the info on the sweltering stage of yellow tea processing.
DavidMar 26, 2016
Core.01 is a magnificent course for understanding the process of tea and the types of tea. It also introduces you to the skill of cupping which is of immense importance. I greatly appreciated the course and am so glad that there is an online tea academy where I can learn more about this plant I love so much.
DaleJan 30, 2016
This course is incredibly informative and has begun to show me how much I don't know about tea.
DavidJan 28, 2016
I enjoyed taking this class and really enjoyed learning the cupping experience. I had a difficult time being descriptive in the evaluation. I need more practice. I hope to take more classes in the future to work on getting my certification.
KinauJan 24, 2016
SofiaJan 24, 2016
Detailed, clear and concise. Rich and full bodied without necessarily having too much writeup. Encouraging.
Omotsome Eunice Jan 23, 2016
I loved it so much!! I wrote a few questions with my assignment submission and look forward to your response. I can't wait to begin the next class!
ElsaJan 23, 2016
Loved the course! Some of the Biology is hard for me but good to understand. Thanks for the feedback and support. Diane
JDJan 21, 2016
The video content and written content compliment each other wonderfully. Cupping exercise toward the end of the course help the learner experience what he/she has learned intellectually through previous course content. This course is wonderful for someone who simply wants to know more about the tea they drink or wants to go further and obtain a tea certification.
BeauNov 28, 2015
The course content exceeded my expectations, and I especially enjoyed the videos demonstrating the different types of tea. The extra resources are helpful and interesting, too. Thank you for sharing the depth of knowledge in this introduction level, and I look forward to the next course.
JulietNov 22, 2015
I found the videos to be especially helpful. It does seem like a lot of money for basically three lessons and supplies, but most of the included information is not easily available on the internet. This course focuses on a specialty craft, so I am still willing to pay for that knowledge.
AundreaNov 21, 2015
This class is very insightful. The modules are very organized and easy to navigate.
MelanieNov 21, 2015
This course has been very helpful to me. I am new to the tea world and now feel I can begin my journey with confidence. I look forward to furthering my knowledge through World Tea Academy.
AmyOct 31, 2015
Tons of useful information to give you a foundation for further education of tea.
TerraOct 30, 2015
I enjoyed this class and felt like it was paced very well. I really needed the extra time to finish up due to work. There were a few typos in the text as well as glitches with a few links. I would love to know the specific names of the teas I cupped and any feedback as to what comments a professional would have about the teas. The Discussion part was disappointing mostly because I didn't have any way to know if anyone ever even reviewed those assignments. I felt like this was a comprehensive introduction and look forward to taking the next class.
MaryAug 29, 2015
Enjoyed the class. Really liked the videos. Ms. Fellman does an awesome job describing and showing how to experience the teas.
RenéJul 25, 2015
Lots of great information.
AnneJul 24, 2015
Very informative and engaging course! I appreciate the opportunity to be able to further my knowledge through this material provided and I enjoyed learning more about the magical Camellia sinensis!
KyleJun 22, 2015
Very good beginners course! Lots of information, but it never seemed overwhelming :)
ShawnaJun 20, 2015
I learn a lot and I certain this will be most usefully for my business.
ChananyaFeb 25, 2015