ADV.01 Advanced Cupping
This class focuses on the tea professional’s most valuable skill – using the professional tea cupping protocol as a tool to evaluate teas. The course material takes an in-depth look at terroir, each stage of tea processing and finally the grades of teas, explaining how each factor creates and influences the taste and aroma of tea in the cup. The class materials also include a glossary of tea defects and describes when and how they develop during processing as well as how they would be recognized by taste and/or aroma in the cup. Featuring 16 teas, most of the class is dedicated to the cupping exercises that are designed to illustrate and illuminate how all of these influences appear in the cup.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- Define terroir and name the different aspects of terroir.
- Describe how each stage of processing influences tea’s flavor and aroma.
- Describe how defects can develop during processing and how they can affect the tea.
- Describe the relationship of tea grades to flavor profiles.
- Discern the difference between the terroir of tea from different countries.
- Identify the difference that various stages of processing make in the cup.
YOU WILL RECEIVE:
16 teas and one 3-piece professional cupping set.
3 weeks (plus one week grace period to submit assignments and complete any tests.)
- Advanced Cupping
- How This Course Works
- Your Instructor
- Introduction: The Tea Professional’s Most Valuable Skill
- Part 1: Terroir – A Taste of Place
- Part 2: Tea Processing
- Part 3: The Grades of Tea
- End of Week 1 Test
- ADV.01 Assignment 2.1
- ADV.01 Assignment 2.2
- ADV.01 Assignment 3.1
- ADV.01 Assignment 3.2
- ADV.01 Assignment 3.3
July 2018 class: Registration runs May 29 through June 25. Session is open July 2 through July 29.
October 2018 class: Registration runs August 28 through September 24. Session is open October 1 through October 28.
Thoroughly enjoyed the course and found it challenging in a very positive way.
Dorothy StubleyDec 03, 2017
A challenging class and thoroughly enjoyable.
Doni NeufeldDec 01, 2017
What a wild ride of cupping! Doing is learning and I think that best describes this course. To see, smell and taste examples of the effects of terroir, manufacturing and grading all come to fruition in this class. I enjoyed the ride immensely.
Carrie MakaiAug 27, 2017
Absolutely appreciated this course. It really helped me to learn about terroir and understand differences between steaming, roasting, pan firing, and oxidation and how the same leaf will produce differences in tastes just by the manufacturing process.
DonnaLee YeattsAug 26, 2017
This class was perfect for me. I feel like I can now choose teas that are best suited for our business.
Donna AustinMay 27, 2017
This course is a gentle guide toward areas you may wish to continue working with in the future. It opens your eyes to the value of cupping, and how much we still have to learn about tea in general. Also gives you the tools you need for many further explorations.
Christina MilsteinMay 22, 2017
This is a very useful class for anyone who is establishing a tea business. Very informative, hands-on and well thought out.
Georgia RaynaFeb 26, 2017
I am always amazed at how much there is to be curious about.Donna does such an excellent job at creating a curriculum for each class; I get swept away in the frame that the class provides. Thank you for making the courses challenging and inspiring.
Sabrina Nioche Aug 01, 2016
I thoroughly enjoyed all of the teas this course offered, and the support of our instructor! Thank you!
Kelly HackmanJul 31, 2016
The more you learn about tea the les it seems you know. Great course valuable information and picked up Some new things! Great
Jerry van DaalenJul 28, 2016
Interesting material; challenging but enjoyable assignments - really tested my experience and left me with the desire to practice my cupping skills more!
Sofia CampbellMay 01, 2016
Cupping is so very important in the world of tea, so the more opportunities to do it with a wide variety of teas, the better. This course is definitly a vital cornerstone of the entire WTA program.
David PasiekaApr 29, 2016
Excellent course with very helpful comments from the instructor Donna Fellman. Nothing but good things to say about this whole program.
Rachel SafkoApr 29, 2016
It was an interesting ride. Very educating and overall enlightening and clarifying.
Omotsome Eunice OlowodunApr 26, 2016
Wonderful class! I helped me to further calibrate my tasting skills and compare different teas and different grades of tea.
Michael HemlingJan 30, 2016
As always, and excellent class! Thank You to all involved for the breadth and depth of the material in each class and the curricula as a whole. From my experiences with other tea educational programs, there is no doubt that WTA has the most complete and well presented program!
Lou BerkleySep 28, 2015