There is no shortage of professional tea education options across the globe. As you choose to expand your knowledge of tea and prepare for a fruitful career in the industry, your options range from tea master certifications to a variety of online courses that include tea samples for tastings. None of these courses are internationally recognized by either the hospitality or tea industry. A common frustration I have heard over the past several years is the disappointment many budding tea experts feel about the value of these certification programs into which they have invested thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours, yet still feel unprepared to take on a career in the tea industry.
Personally, I have invested close to $4,000 for such tea education programs. Although I enjoyed my time meeting many tea friends — many of which are still very important people of my tea network — I wasn’t given a solid understanding of the tea leaves. In the decade since I have started to invest in this education, I have found that simply drinking and experiencing lots of different teas is the best education.
Perhaps the business of professional tea education has developed faster than the knowledge and understanding of tea in the international community. Regardless, what is needed is increasing intuitive knowledge and understanding so tea professionals can have the confidence to know what to demand from professional tea education. In my experience, the best way to acquire this is through experience and authentic story sharing.
I am happy to offer this experience to the professional tea world with the launch of TEALET VIRTUAL, a channel of premium tea drinking content. Although the experiences are available to the public, they are targeted towards empowering the budding tea professional to find confidence in their palate and understanding of tea grown around the world. In the first series of events, we will take a deep dive into a single, unblended tea to do an interactive tasting along with a live presentation of tea origin and production. Each of the teas featured are teas I have sourced from small-scale producers. We will discuss personal stories of the relationship that provide an even deeper context for the tea professional to build their confidence in the industry.
Classes will be hosted on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-1:45PM PDT starting September 1. This education series has been priced affordably at just $310 for the full series (15 hours course) including tea and collectible teas tins you can use to continue your tea education. Order your classes by Friday, August 28, 2020 to ensure you receive your teas in time for your first class. See the full schedule of classes and purchase tickets here.