Certification – ITMA Faculty

Claudia Zárate, ITMA Certified Tea Master™, ITMA Certified Tea Blender™, and Executive Director of the International Tea Masters Association. which she acquired in March, 2018. She is an expert on high-end teas and the fruit of the vine as a professional wine sommelier, an expert on sake, tequila, and vodka, and a gourmand of fine cuisine. Her expertise is vast in each of these arenas. more…
 
Chas Kroll, ITMA Certified Tea Master™ and former Executive Director of the International Tea Masters Association, is proud to be called a tea master, not for its catchy nomenclature, but because he is passionate about teaching others. Formerly, he owned and operated an online specialty tea business, which he sold in June 2006. His original vision for the company was to disseminate information on more…
 
Melissa SalazarMelissa Salazar, ITMA Certified Tea Master™ and ITMA Certified Tea Blender™. I suppose the first thing you may be wondering about me is why I dedicated my life to tea. One reason is the plethora of health benefits that tea offers us. Tea has AMAZING qualities that surpass any other “superfood,” fruit or vegetable on the planet! Another reason is that there are over more…
 
Stijn Van Schoonlandt, ITMA Certified Tea Master, ITMA Certified Tea Blender, and ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier, lives in Belgium and is a successful tea and coffee professional. He grew up in the food industry and initially pursued a career in information technology. more…
 
Michael Siegel is a certified ITMA Tea Master and Tea Sommelier. He is the owner of Three Mouths Tea. The web site cultivates knowledge, ritual, and community around tea. Siegel’s goal is to offer chemical-free, rare, unusual teas of the highest quality. He brings 18 years of university teaching experience to his ITMA role, along with an enthusiasm for tea, its history, and its culture. more…
 
Rocel Valeroso-Leoncio, ITMA Certified Tea Master™, completed her training from the International Tea Masters Association in 2014. She is a senior human resource executive by profession and has more than 20 years of experience gained from different companies in the Philippines. She has a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science and recently completed more…
 
Emiko Doi, ITMA Certified Tea Master™, has studied loose-leaf teas from all parts of the world for over 27 years. She has a vast amount of experience in the Chinese and Japanese Tea Ceremonies. As a collector of fine teas from around the world, her desire and passion is to teach about proper tea etiquette and how to enjoy an extraordinarily good tasting cup of tea with family, friends, and guests. more…
 
Parag Hatibaruai, Honorary ITMA Certified Tea Master™, loves tea with a passion. It stems from the fact that he was born and brought up in tea estates in Assam. India, and is a third generation tea master following the path of his grandfather and father. more…
 
Philip Parda, ITMA Certified Tea Master. Serendipitous is how Parda describes his life-long, compelling and fascinating connection with tea. Like a force within, filled with intrigue and timeless wonder, his study of tea began in his college days in the 1970s. It was then he discovered that the antioxidants he was hearing about, and their abundance in “green” tea, was part of a culture dating back almost 5000 years. No, green tea was something wise people had been consuming and admiring for centuries. more…
 

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