Melissa Salazar, ITMA Certified Tea Master and ITMA Certified Tea Blender, led the initial 2-day onsite portion of the ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier Course™ on July 11th & 12th at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown San Francisco. The training was a sensational experience for all nine registrants with the participants describing the course as an informative, fascinating, and exceptional weekend into the world of tea. The participants enjoyed Melissa’s enthusiasm and knowledge of tea.
Melissa concluded the 2-day onsite training by explaining what was involved in the 8-Week ITMA Tea Sommelier Tasting Course™ starting the following week. The tasting course involves home study, tasting and evaluating 18 different teas, and online teleconference sessions to share experiences and ask questions. Upon completion, registrants will be required to taste and evaluate a mystery tea, complete an oral or written dissertation, and take a final examination. Graduates successfully completing the program will be awarded an ITMA Certificate of Completion and officially recognized as an ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier™ for their accomplishment.
Melissa will be leading her next ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier Course™ on October 24th & 25th again in San Francisco. Course details are available here.