The International Tea Masters Association recently held its ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier Course™ in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was a spectacular training attended by only two fortunate tea enthusiasts, eager to acquire a sophisticated level of tea knowledge and taste exquisite teas of exceptional quality. The students were not disappointed!
The training was led by ITMA Certified Tea Masters Daniel Johnson and Karen Henery who presented the group with a vast amount of information on each of the primary varieties of tea. They evaluated and tasted close to 30 different varieties of Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese, Indian, and Sri Lankan Tea. The teas were prepared following Chinese Tea Ceremony “Gongfu Cha”, Japanese “senchado” and “Cha No Yu”, as well as professional cupping methods.
Johnson and Henery lectured continuously during each of the tea preparations to expand the registrants’ knowledge. They also went on to discuss the health benefits of tea, the importance of the various aspects of marketing a tea business, customer service requirements for creating repeat customers, and several other topics of interest. They then went on to discuss what was involved in the second part of the course, which is home study tasting and evaluating 18 different teas from various growing regions and submitting the registrant’s analysis via ITMA’s online Tea Evaluation Form.
They explained that the 18 tea tasting and evaluation sessions will be followed by tasting and evaluating a Mystery Tea, a required dissertation (5 minutes oral on Skype or 4 pages written), and a 100 question Final Examination.
Overall the training was an extraordinary success, one that will be long remembered by its two fortunate registrants after they receive a Certificate of Completion and the prestigious ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier™ title.
The ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier Course™ in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will be starting October 1st and December 3rd.