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15 Jul

Tea Champion Course

15 Jul 2019 00:00
16 Jul 2019 00:00
£ 475
The Scottish Tea Factory, Comrie Croft, Crieff PH7 4JZ
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The U.K. Tea Academy certified Level 1 Tea Champion course is aimed at all those working in tea companies, tea shops, tea bars, online tea businesses, coffee bars, hotel restaurants and lounges, and anyone who has a general interest in tea.

The course is open to anyone from anywhere in the world. The venue is the Scottish Tea Factory which is a small working tea factory near Crieff which offers processing services to Scottish Growers and runs tea training courses.

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Course Commitment: 14 hours, 4 modules of 3.5 hours over 2 days.


Module One:

What is tea and where the plant first grew.

How tea travelled from China to other countries.

Tea’s arrival in Europe.

The first tea estates in India and Ceylon.

The tea bag and the expansion of the tea industry in the 1950s.

Tea trends today.

The tea plant, different varietals and cultivars.


The basics of harvesting.

Why all teas are different.

Six different tea categories.

Loose tea or teabags.

Golden rules of tea storage and brewing.

Water for brewing.

Different brewing vessels.

Multiple infusions.

Milk, lemon and sugar in tea.


Module Two:

The basics of tea tasting.

Brewing practice.

Tea processing terminology.

Different levels of oxidation in different categories of tea.

The manufacture of black tea.

Orthodox and CTC.

Taste seven black teas from different origins.

The manufacture of green tea.

Taste six green teas from different origins.


Module Three:

The manufacture of yellow tea. 

Taste one yellow tea.

The manufacture of white tea.

Taste four white teas from different origins.

The manufacture of dark and balled oolongs.

Taste four different styles of oolongs.

Manufacture of Puerh tea (raw ‘sheng’ and cooked ‘shu’ types).

Taste four Puerh teas.

Blind tasting and recognition of dry leaf.


Module Four: 

Grading terms.

The manufacture of flavoured teas.

Taste four flavoured teas.

The manufacture of flowering teas.

Taste two flowering teas.

What’s available – single estate, single origin and blends of teas from different origins.

The principles of blending, taste two English Breakfast blends.

Creating a blend.

Certification bodies - organic, bio-dynamic, non-organic cultivation (Fairtrade, ETP, etc).

Tea and Health.




The Tea Champion Test will be taken at 5.15pm on Day Two of the course and takes around 30 minutes. Anyone wishing to take it at a later date may do so by arrangement with Academy tutors. Upon completion of all four modules and the achievement of satisfactory results in the test, participants will be awarded the qualification of UK Tea Academy: TEA CHAMPION.

Contact Organisers

The Scottish Tea Factory