ADV.03 The Culture of Tea Around the World
A cup of tea is much more than a pleasing beverage. It is the culmination of careful cultivation, backbreaking labor, artisanal craftsmanship, thoughtful preparation and centuries if not millennia of history. With each sip, we are not only being nourished by the fragrant liquor, we are imbued with the essence of the people and the cultures that have shaped the leaves. This course is an exploration of the inextricable influence of cultures and their traditions on how the world enjoys tea today. Learn how tea lovers around the world partake of tea in their everyday lives as well as in tea ceremonies and rituals which elevate tea drinking to an art form, and even to the height of spiritual exercise. Besides developing a deeper appreciation for the colorful tea cultures of the world, the insights and knowledge gained from this course are valuable to tea business owners and staff. Attract more interest in products and events or add more effectiveness to marketing strategies by sharing the vibrant tea cultures of the world.
• Recount the history of tea from a cultural perspective
• Identify the influences of world cultures on tea production, preparation and service
• Use historical and cultural traditions to enhance marketing and sales efforts
• Share your familiarity with traditional tea customs and ceremonies with others
• Care for yixing tea pots
No Class Kit Purchase Required
Students will need to supply the following additional materials BEFORE the class starts.
• A gaiwan, yixing teapot or whatever teaware from any tradition or country you have on hand
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 Dan Robertson
- The Culture of Tea Around the World
- Week One: Overview
- Part One: Introduction to Tea’s Origins
- Part Two: Regions and Practices – China, Mongolia and Tibet
- 1700 Year Old Tree
- 800 Year Old Tree
- Regions and Practices – China
- Men Drinking Tea in China
- Chinese Tea Customs
- Women Drinking Tea
- Tea Tradition
- Drinking Tea with Elder
- Tea and Food
- Hong Kong Kam Cha Shop - Video 1
- Hong Kong Kam Cha Shop - Video 2
- ADV.03 Assignment 1.1
- ADV.03 Assignment 1.2
- ADV.03 Assignment 1.3
- ADV.03 Class Discussion Week 1
- Week Two: Overview
- Part One: Japan - Traditions to Trends
- Part Two: India - Adopted and Adapted
- Chai Wallah
- Making Chai
- Making Chai Continued
- Disposable Clay Cups
- Connection through Tea
- Second Chai Wallah
- Third Chai Wallah
- Tea in India
- Tea Shop
- Porcelain Cups
- Part Three: Sri Lanka (Ceylon) - Taylor and Lipton
- ADV.03 Assignment 2.1
- ADV.03 Class Discussion Week 2
- Week Three: Overview
- Part One: Russia and the Samovar - From East to West
- Part Two: Europe - High Society and Trade - Europe - High Seas and High Teas
- Part Three: North America - With A Twist - Revolution, Teabag, Iced Tea
- Part Four: Conclusion - The Last Few Drops
- ADV.03 Assignment 3.1
- ADV.03 Class Discussion Week 3
This class is offered in January, May and September 2021.
See Class Schedule Page for registration and start dates.
I love the course material and the resource reading articles. I really enjoyed learning about the different tea cultures around the world.
JewelMay 29, 2021
Getting to know cultures better, with their logic and customs, helps to understand how complex the relationship between peoples is. Texts of excellence, as is the WTA standard. Congratulations.
eugeniaApr 17, 2019
I loved everything about this class - it challenged me to understand my personal tea culture as it showed me so many "everyday" rituals around the world that are just taken for granted. The videos, being very unpolished, really helped to get a feel for the people and places, as it would be if we there in person.
TerriJun 26, 2018
One of my favorite things about tea is learning how it is served and enjoyed by different cultures so this class was a favorite! Delving into China, Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Russia, Europe and North America's tea culture was enlightening and very interesting. Loved it!
CarrieJul 24, 2017
Wonderful exploration of the traditions and culture of tea.
soniaJul 23, 2017
This was a very meangiful course to me. I have changed the way I view, and drink tea. I especially liked "The Way of Tea".
Donna Jan 26, 2017
I appreciate the nuggets of tea history, and the many helpful videos and extra resources in this course. You truly get out what you put in here. I was left with one strong desire though - I want to find an Indian clay "kullad" cup! I'll be asking friends to search for me on future travels.
ChristinaJan 25, 2017
I always enjoy the "class" discussions in the advanced levels. There are individuals from every corner of the tea world taking these classes, and I have learned from them as well the class materials.
GeorgiaJan 22, 2017
This course was really fun! A lot of interesting information and videos that allow you to observe tea being drank in other countries (China, India). The course made me think critically about tea culture around me and how it relates to history, social status, and resources.
TerraJul 03, 2016
Excellent summary of the historical, cultural & social history of tea spanning all the major tea countries. I appreciate the additional resource material.......It'll take a while longer to absorb all the material that was offered in this course. Very introspective - enjoyed it!
SofiaJul 03, 2016
I thoroughly enjoyed the course. I found the videos especially useful as an insight into the different ways of taking tea.
DorothyApr 02, 2016
DavidMar 31, 2016
The history and cultural practices surrounding tea is so profound and fascinating. It is truly one of the threads that weaves its way through our shared human experience and always worth exploring.
DavidMar 31, 2016
TaraMar 27, 2016
Very enjoyable and rich in valuable cultural information that will be useful along my tea journey - thank you.
DavidMar 23, 2016
Very interesting course, but would have liked some more explanation in some of the videos. Thanks!
JessicaNov 29, 2015
What a great course! I really enjoyed to learn about tea cultures. The videos are a good way of see tea processes around the world. The highlight of course was preparing and conducting a tea ceremony!
MichaelNov 25, 2015
Awesome course! It was a lot of reading but it was nice because it was packed full of information and I learned a lot. The reading was a nice change from doing cuppings like how we have to do in the other classes. In fact, I'm glad there weren't any cupping assignments for this class because with the amount of reading we had to do I think adding cuppings on top of that would have been too much. I especially liked learning about the British history and culture parts of this course.
AndreAug 30, 2015
Loved this course! I have learned so much and cannot wait to share it with the patrons of my tea room. I attemded 2 World Tea Expos, and due to the demands of my business it has been difficult to get away to attend the Expo again. This is the next best thing to being there! I am looking forward to taking more WTA courses in the future.
PatriciaAug 27, 2015