The luxurious Waldorf Hilton in London was the stunning backdrop for the recently-held ITMA Tea Sommelier Certification Course™ for becoming an ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier™. A symbol of English heritage, the Waldorf is steeped in Edwardian tradition. Its fabulous West End location leaves London at one’s fingertips with many of the city’s most exciting attractions within walking distance or just a quick tube ride away.
Registrants attending the course were invited to experience the British tradition of Afternoon Tea at the Waldorf with its historic, elegant surroundings. They enjoyed a glass of Champagne and chose from a selection of 13 fine loose leaf teas, including the hotel’s signature Waldorf Tribute Blend that was created by Twinings exclusively for and only available at the hotel. They also savored a selection of finely cut finger sandwiches, warm freshly baked scones and delicate pastries that were beautifully served on a three-tiered stand made of Royal Crown Derby fine bone china. Royal Crown Derby is a Royal Warrant holder and supplier to The Royal Household.
Registrants attending the initial ITMA Tea Sommelier Certification Course™ experienced some of the most exquisite loose-leaf teas from around the world. This training was followed a week later with the ITMA Tea Sommelier Tasting Course™ involving tasting and evaluating 18 different teas, as well as a Mystery Tea, a Report (oral or written) on a topic assigned by ITMA, and a Final Examination.
The training was conducted in English by ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier™ and ITMA Certified Tea Blender™ Stijn Van Schoonlandt. With a strong background in tea and blending, and proprietor of his own coffee and tea establishment in Belgium, he made this an especially memorable, life-changing experience for everyone.
The course contained all the educational requirements an individual needed for achieving the association’s prestigious ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier™ designation once the program was successfully completed.
Tuition for the complete program is $1,475 for ITMA Members ($1,975 for Non-Members).
The next ITMA Tea Sommelier Certification Course™ for becoming an ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier™ at the Waldorf will be held in September or October. The exact dates will be announced on our home page on June 30th.