Tea Tasting Training - India

India is the second largest producer of tea. Established by the British in the 1820's, the skills and evaluations of the tea taster remain essential components to the tea industry. Cupping samples before the auctions and offering advice on quality and value to buyers is one duty but individual companies also depend on their own trained tea tasters (or hired consultants) to ensure consistency, quality and even develop blends with teas from different regions as well as other botanicals.

This 5 day course focuses exclusively on teas from India. Students will learn the standard tasting techniques and learn to critically evaluate, recognize and comment on several famous Indian teas. Students will prepare and sample approximately 100 cups of tea per day, keep detailed tasting notes and engage in comparative discussions.

Held in the ITCC Intl. Tea Training Center, in the beautiful Riviera Maya, Mexico. Following satisfactory completion of all course materials and the final exam, students receive a certificate of achievement from ITCC.

Program tuition includes all training by world renowned tea experts, all course materials, all accommodations for the five days and nights, breakfast and lunch each day, scheduled recreational activities and group airport transfers.

  1. The 5 day intensive training program covers:          

    1. Tea History of India
    2. Unique Environment / Terroir
    3. Introduction and Development of Tea
      1. Statistics
      2. Tea Estates
    4. Varietals and Cultivars
      1. Entomology
      2. Propagation – Seeds, Clones, Grafts
    5. Tea Garden Management
      1. Planting, Irrigation, Drainage, Shade, Soil, Fertilizers
      2. Pruning
      3. Monoculture Issues
      4. Pests, Diseases, Weeds - Treatments
      5. Organic, Biodynamic, Sustainable Practices
    6. Harvesting
      1. Flushes
      2. Standards – Quality vs Quantity, Machine vs Hand
      3. Labor Issues
    7. Manufacture
      1. Types of Tea
      2. Processing Steps
    8. Types of Tea
    9. Evaluation and Grading
    10. Specialty Teas and Innovations
    11. Final Exam

Course fee: $995 per person ($795 for Members). Maximum 8 people.