ADV.08 Tea Sommelier Essentials
One of the newest and most coveted careers in the tea industry today is that of Tea Sommelier. Having borrowed the word ‘sommelier’ from the wine industry gives us a general idea of how that role might translate in the world of tea. But as a tea career the role is so new it is still evolving and defining itself. This class takes part in the ‘What is a Tea Sommelier?’ discussion as we listen to key industry leaders talk about how they see the role evolve and find its place in our modern, global tea culture. The class goes on to introduce the skills and information needed by anyone who aspires to help both consumers and managers in making informed decisions about tea service or serve as a guide to the world of tea in the specialty tea, food and hospitality industries, academic institutions, or wherever they find themselves presenting and promoting tea and its culture.
By the end of this class you will be able to:
- Identify the roles and responsibilities of a Tea Sommelier.
- Apply the basic principles of food and beverage pairing.
- Create tea menus for any establishment or institution.
- Procure and manage a tea inventory.
- Identify the essential qualities and characteristics of a tea for presentation and education.
YOU WILL RECEIVE: One cupping set, 3 teas for a blind tasting and a book.
3 weeks (plus one week grace period to submit assignments and complete any tests.)
- Tea Sommelier Essentials
- Your Instructor
- Part One: Defining A Tea Sommelier
- GS Haly Interview
- Dan Robertson Interview
- Amy Lawrence Interview
- Lisa Richardson Interview
- The First Tea Sommelier in the United States
- Norwood Pratt Interview
- Helen Gustafson Overview
- Part Two: The Expertise of A Tea Sommelier Overview
- Part Three: Buying and Selling: Tea Trade in Brief
- ADV.08 Assignment 1.1
- ADV.08 Assignment 1.2
- Part One: Tea Expertise = Tea Knowledge + Tea Experience
- Part Two: A Tea Sommelier's Most Valuable Skill
- Part Three: Inventory and Storage
- Part Four: Modern Tea
- ADV.08 Assignment 2.1
- ADV.08 Assignment 2.2 Blind Tasting
- ADV.08 Assignment 2.3
- Part One: Opening Doors to the World of Tea
- Part Two: Tea-Centric Events
- Part Three: Beyond the Tea Cup
- Lecture Materials
- ADV.08 Assignment 3.1
- ADV.08 Assignment 3.2
- ADV.08 Assignment 3.3
- ADV.08 For Discussion
July 2018 class: Registration runs May 29 through June 25. Session is open July 2 through July 29.
November 2018 class: Registration runs September 25 through October 29. Session is open November 5 through December 2.
One of my favorite courses so far!
Diane GalvanNov 29, 2017
This course was very helpful and tremendously enjoyable!
James FahrnyJul 30, 2017
This was the most challenging course of the series - outside reading and time consuming homework assignments, but I loved it. I learned so much, and it has given me the ability to look at my tea business in new ways.
Georgia RaynaJul 22, 2017
Really enjoyed this course and found it extremely relevant to my business. Liked all the assignments which pushes lots of self learning as well. Thank you
Dorothy StubleyMar 30, 2017
The best course to date! This course really made me pull together the things I learned in the CORE classes and challenged me to think about tea and it's presentation in so many ways. The book included in this course is wonderful and now full of many earmarked pages that I know I will be referencing for a long time.
Carrie MakaiMar 26, 2017
Challenging and full of interesting surprises. I have learned there is much more to learn, and this inspires me to further study.
Christina MilsteinMar 26, 2017
Informative, modern perspective, culturally sensitive and insightful course.
Sofia CampbellAug 14, 2016
I loved this course! Very helpful for understanding the position of tea experts/sommeliers in the industry. It also made me look critically at business functions, as far as organisation, educating staff, and pairing foods with tea.
Terra SwanJul 31, 2016
I think the course is great - a good mix of different types of information and media. The course integrates information from respected professionals in an effective manner.Having taken this course increases my confidence in taking my professional activities to the next level.
Kit ConwayJul 31, 2016
A very thought provoking course on many levels. I realize now just how much the sommelier needs to know to be able to bridge the gap between food, drink and culture. This course is fun, well planned out (as always) and I found the information to be very important no matter what role I will have in my tea industry future.
Joan ChissusJul 21, 2016
Thoroughly enjoyed this course.
David HammerMar 28, 2016
Loved the class, I think it could have been 4 weeks long though. May give a little more time to digest the information we read and the assignments to be completed. But other than that I enjoyed the class. Thank you.
Michele CopeMar 25, 2016
A wonderful class! I learned a tremendous amount of additional knowledge. I would like to Thank Donna and her team for a well structured, balanced and amazing class.
Michael HemlingMar 22, 2016
I loved this program and using Modern Tea as a core read was great!
Kathleen HippeliNov 01, 2015
This was an incredible class. I have been reading and studying tea for some time now, but this class really opened up my mind and I learned so many new things! Thank you!
Jackie JamesOct 25, 2015
I especially enjoyed this class. It was a challenge and it was everything I was hoping for. Thank you Donna!
Joanne FosterJun 21, 2015