CORE.06 Beyond Camellia Sinensis
In the final online class for our core curriculum, we extend our knowledge of tea to an overview of the many botanical infusions other than Camellia sinensis. Our focus will be on the most popular herbals in the market such as Rooibos, Yerba Mate, Guayusa, and more. The first week includes an exploration of humankind’s long relationship to botanical infusions as well as an in-depth explanation of the correct vocabulary for what (technically) is and isn’t ‘tea.’ Sensory evaluations of several herbal infusions conclude the class.
- Define tea and botanical infusions and know the difference between the two types of beverages.
- Understand the historical significance of botanical infusions to humankind.
- Name and describe the four different historical lineages of the use of herbal treatments.
- Understand the FDA’s stance regarding claims about the benefits of specific herbs in a commercial setting.
- Identify and describe over a dozen popular caffeine-free botanicals.
- Identify and describe popular botanicals other than tea and coffee that contain caffeine.
YOU WILL RECEIVE: 6 botanical infusions. Please note: All supplies for all classes are shipped out once a month after registration has closed. Your materials will arrive about 7 to 10 days after your class starts. They are not needed for assignments in the first week of class.
Students will need to provide: Core.01 Cupping Kit which includes 2 professional cupping sets, timer, gram scale, and thermometer.
3 weeks (plus one week grace period to submit assignments and complete any tests.)
World Tea Academy Certified Tea Specialist Candidates:
Successful completion of this class counts towards certification for WTA Certified Tea Specialist. CORE.01 and CORE.02 are the suggested prerequisite for CORE.03 through CORE.06 classes.
Please note: Due to strict regulations and enforcement policies by Mexican customs officials, we are unable to ship packages to addresses in Mexico.
- Welcome to Your Class
- Course Author: Donna Fellman
- Beyond Camellia sinensis
- Beyond Camellia sinensis - Introduction
- Part 1: Botanical Infusions
- Part 2: Caffeine-Containing Infusions
- CORE.06 Assignment 1.1
- Week 1 Classroom Assignment
- End of Week One Quiz
- Lecture Materials
- Part 3 – Caffeine-free Tisanes
- CORE.06 Assignment 2.1
- Week 2 Classroom Assignment
- End of Week 2 Quiz
- Lecture Materials
- Sensory Evaluation and Professional Tea Cupping
- CORE.06 Cupping Exercise
- Week 3 Classroom Assignment
- Final Exam - Beyond Camellia Sinensis
Suggested Prerequisites: CORE.01; CORE.02 or the basic tea knowledge equivalent.
We offer this class in January, March, may, July, September, and November in 2020.
See schedule for registration and start dates.
This class gave me more information than I expected. The assignments were challenging and exciting.
LoriApr 23, 2019
I very much appreciated this course, from the content to the cupping!
SharonApr 15, 2019
Great course, content, and class material!
MarcelaSep 24, 2018
A great introduction to botanicals - looking forward to the advanced course.
TerriMar 19, 2018
This course was absolutely fantastic! Extremely informative and gave me a broader depth of knowledge into the herbal infusions and also caffeinated non tea leaf infusions that I had never heard of. Thank you for empowering me beyond Camellia Sinensis!
TammyJan 30, 2018
I loved this course. Of course there are too many botanical infusions to study, but I loved the way the course went so in depth when it came to botanicals with caffeine. It is rare to find so much information on any other herb besides yerba mate or guarana.
Maria InêsJan 21, 2018
Excellent course to expand my knowledge of tisanes. Most of my tea journey has focused on the camelia sinensis plant. I am striving to grow my tea business, and like it or not, there are customers who say they "don't like tea". When I explain that there are botanical infusions that do not contain the camelia sinensis leaf, most customers are willing to try the infusion, and they are pleasantly surprised. This course allowed me to taste and learn about the caffeine containing botanicals as well. I now feel I have a well rounded education in the world of tea, tisanes, and caffeine containing botanicals.
PatriciaAug 27, 2017
I enjoyed learning about and sampling botanical infusions. It was a great course
HeatherJun 27, 2017
Great course, covered the broad spectrum of non-Camellia sinensis infusions in a very compartmentalised, easy to grasp way that can, in-turn, be easily relayed to customers.Thank you!
DawnJun 25, 2017
I appreciated learning about the differences between teas, caffeinated infusions, and herbals. I learned about various plants and other infusions of which I was not at all familiar.
DonnaLeeJun 25, 2017
This class was such a great learning experience. Thank you.
AlexJun 20, 2017
Very helpful course in understanding the Tisanes, blending and also the challenges of cupping some of the finer plants.
JamesApr 30, 2017
Well presented introduction to botanical infusions.
soniaApr 26, 2017
Another great learning experience. It's interesting and fun. Always love the cupping exercises. Thank you!
LoriApr 26, 2017
There is so much information to cover in this category that it almost needs to be in two parts (If there is an advanced class covering this then....never mind). This is an important class because it introduces you to herbal infusions you may have never tasted or even heard of.
JONELLApr 22, 2017
CeliaMar 05, 2017
So many botanical infusions are inaccurately called "tea" these days. I thoroughly enjoyed this in depth course on both caffeinated and caffeine-free infusions!
CarrieFeb 26, 2017
Once again very informative and interesting, however these botanical infusions were so far my least favorite to cup and sample.
JudiNov 27, 2016
This was a very insightful course and gave me the chance to explore yerba mate and lemon verbana which I had never tried before.
VictoriaSep 20, 2016
Great information! Enjoyed this course!
ArielMay 27, 2016
Great information on botanical infusions!
JulietMay 22, 2016
This was a course I was really looking forward to being that tisanes are not an area I've done a lot of concentrated study on. Very valuable information.
DavidApr 02, 2016
Excellent introduction to the "herbals" that contain caffeine - thanks.
SofiaMar 27, 2016
A fun subject to explore but I can't wait to get back to tea! As always, excellent instruction.
JoanMar 15, 2016
The course really helped me understand more about Herbal Infusions. I strongly believe, this really will help me go ahead are confidently
DarvinJan 30, 2016
NicoleOct 31, 2015
Great course beyond tea!
MichaelOct 25, 2015
very complete information
TingAug 30, 2015
I love to learn and have found that all of the courses I have taken so far offer a plethora of information.
KarriJun 22, 2015
EuniceApr 27, 2015
I have had so much fun. The course is terrific
SabrinaApr 26, 2015