The International Tea Masters Association recently held its ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier Course™ in New York City. It was a spectacular training attended by nine fortunate tea enthusiasts, eager to acquire a sophisticated level of tea knowledge as they tasted exquisite teas of exceptional quality. The students were not disappointed!
The training was led by ITMA Certified Tea Masters Daniel Johnson 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, Sri Lankan, Hawaiian teas. The teas were prepared following Chinese Tea Ceremony “Gongfu Cha”, Japanese “senchado” and “Cha No Yu”, as well as professional cupping methods.
Johnson 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 fortunate registrants after they receive a Certificate of Completion and the prestigious ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier™ title.
The ITMA Certified Tea Sommelier Course™ will be held again in New York City in the second half of 2017.