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.
- 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 need to order your class kit no later than close of registration:
• Required class kits are not included in your purchase for your course
• Class kits need to be ordered from Elmwood Inn Fine Teas
• Go to Elmwood Inn’s World Tea Academy page to purchase kit* (You need to order your kit no later than one week before your class starts to ensure that you receive it in time.)
Please Note: International students that plan on taking more than one course with World Tea Academy will save money on the shipping costs of their class kits if they order multiple kits at a time.
Students will need to supply the following additional materials BEFORE the class starts. These are not included in the class kit:
• Two professional cupping sets
• An instant read thermometer
• A digital gram scale
• A timer
3 weeks (plus one week grace period to submit assignments and complete any tests.)
*Disclaimer: Elmwood Inn Fine Teas is not part of World Tea Academy/Questex LLC nor is it affiliated World Tea Academy/Questex LLC. World Tea Academy/Questex LLC has partnered with Elmwood Inn Fine Teas only to provide the class kits for our courses.
- Welcome to Your Class
- Course Author: Donna Fellman
- Tea Terroir Part 1 - China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan
- 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
- Course Conclusion and Reminders
- Final Exam
Suggested Prerequisites: CORE.01; CORE.02 or the basic tea knowledge equivalent.
See Class Schedule Page for registration and start dates.
Loved trying all the different flavors of tea this week!
KimberlyOct 23, 2022
Wow, so much. I knew there were a lot of different areas of the countries we discussed that produce tea but this course simplified them which is awesome. I really enjoyed the evaluations because the teas I have tried before took on different flavors, notes, meanings, and there were teas I never tried that I really loved such as Keenum. The videos were really great as well and I like how we can save all of the info from the course to keep studying afterwards.
RyanApr 24, 2022
KayleeFeb 21, 2022
AndreasNov 22, 2021
KateNov 21, 2021
SaraMar 10, 2021
very interesting to learn about the differences in process of teas in the different countries, and also to learn more abou the historical context.
LarsJun 21, 2020
Very organized and thorough course
KathleenFeb 01, 2019
I appreciate how each course builds on the one before it. There is so much information. I am glad I can save most of it to be able to review over and over.
LoriJan 21, 2019
Great material, but a big uptick in work required! Caught me a little off guard after the previous three courses, and I think this could almost be separated into two courses.
LaurenJun 26, 2018
Great course! Highly recommend!
KaitlynMay 03, 2018
lots of information about each country and produced tea! I have nothing to change
PetraMay 03, 2018
The course is amazing. There is just so much information. I'm really sorry that I didn't take this course before traveling to China or Korea. I have now a much better understanding of how complex the tea industry there is.
Maria InêsFeb 25, 2018
this course is well structured, it was an exciting journey discovering these 4 tea producing countries. Clear and pleasant to read
YasmineFeb 21, 2018
A world of information!
BrendaDec 01, 2017
This was an intense course, yet I'm so glad that I took it. Thank you!
KimberlyNov 29, 2017
My favorite class so far with WTA - I really enjoyed learning about the terroir of China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan!
KellyNov 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.
TerriSep 25, 2017
Enjoyed the evaluations/assignments.
HeatherSep 25, 2017
A ton of information and lots of learning. very deep material with all of the history.
JamesMay 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.
CynthiaMay 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!
DianeMay 18, 2017
This was the most informative class so far. It was such a great learning experience and was very interesting. Thank you.
AlexMay 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!
PatriciaMar 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.
DylanMar 26, 2017
So much information and well presented. A great tour.
soniaMar 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!
PeterMar 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?
ChristianJan 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
LoriJan 17, 2017
This is certainly a comprehensive course with a lot of detail that is authoritative and accurate. Well worth the study.
TonyOct 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.
CarrieOct 25, 2016
This was an excellent course, very educational and interesting!
VictoriaAug 18, 2016
Naiya Jul 01, 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.
GeorgiaJun 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.
ChristinaJun 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.
DavidApr 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
JDFeb 23, 2016
Awesome courses and I so appreciate the instructor feedback.! Thank you Donna for all you do.
JoanFeb 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!
JulietFeb 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)
SofiaFeb 21, 2016
So much information! All of it very useful.
TerraNov 27, 2015
TaraSep 28, 2015
I like the cupping video in this course
TingAug 30, 2015
Excellent course with great information!
KarriMay 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.
TiffanyMar 26, 2015