Courses

Please note that these courses are offered by the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada through the Canadian Food and Wine Institute. Registration is provided by Niagara College Part-Time Studies, and each course must be registered for separately. Courses are not Niagara College credit courses.

HTSM1501 is a prerequisite for all other tea courses and must be taken first.


HTSM1501 – Introduction to Tea
Tea pots and cups

Description

In this course students are introduced to cupping techniques, basic tea types, the origin of tea and professional grading standards.  Perfect for the tea novice, whether developing a career in the hospitality, restaurant or retail industry or further engaging in an enthusiasm for tea.

Note: HTSM1501 is a prerequisite for all remaining tea courses. Course materials included.

Topics covered
  • History
  • Tea types
  • Terminology
  • Grading standards
  • Tea tasters
  • Cupping/tasting procedures

Dates and cost

Fall Dates: Mondays (September 11, 18, 25 and October 2) (4 weeks)
Time: Courses run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Price: $105.02 (+HST)

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HTSM1502 – Tea Regions of the World
Tea and mountains

Description

In this course students will examine the principal tea-growing regions of the world. They will develop a fundamental understanding of the history of tea and its influence on culture and world events. Students will taste teas that are representative of each region.

Topics covered
  • Study the various regions for tea production: China, India, Kenya and more
  • History
  • Tea types
  • Geography
  • Tea ceremony
  • Industry
  • Cupping/tasting

Dates and cost

Fall Dates: Mondays (September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9) (6 weeks)
Time: Courses run from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Price:$157.52 (+HST)

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HTSM1503 – Tea Sensory Development
Woman tasting from spoon

Description

This course covers the science of taste and how it applies to tea. Students will explore the nuances of tea and articulate how to taste by understanding the tea tasters’ vocabulary. The principles of taste will be experimented with various products including chocolate, coffee, olive oil and water.

Topics covered
  • The science of taste
  • Applying tasting principals through other products
  • Tasting tea and what affects the flavour
  • Tea taster’s vocabulary
  • Effects of various stages of production and how they affect the taste and appearance of the tea and the leaf
  • The importance of understanding the nuances of tea tasting
  • Cupping/tasting

Dates and cost

No classes are currently scheduled. Check back for upcoming class information.

HTSM1504 – Tea Types
Different types of tea leaves

Description

All teas of the world (all 1500 varieties of them) can be divided into five major types: white, green, oolong, black and pu-ehr. In this course, students will discover the inherent differences between these, including origins, taste and production methods. Comparative tastings are a fundamental portion of this course.

Topics covered
  • Study the various regions for tea production: China, India, Japan and more
  • History
  • Tea types
  • Geography
  • Tea ceremony
  • Industry
  • Cupping/tasting

Dates and cost

No classes are currently scheduled. Check back for upcoming class information.

HTSM1505 – From Tea Garden to Tea Cup
Tea plant

Description

This course is designed to introduce the student to the advanced cultivation and processing techniques of the Camellia Sinensis plant. Various methods of production are explored and compared.

Topics covered
  • Tea production process
  • Tea type production
  • Organic & social responsibility
  • Chemistry
  • Marketing
  • Cupping/tasting

Dates and cost

No classes are currently scheduled. Check back for upcoming class information.

HTSM1506 – Tea Preparation and Consumption
Traditional copper teapot

Description

This course takes a look at tea preparation from an international perspective, and explores various methods from different cultures. This course also will cover the health of tea: what are the health benefits, myths and facts.

Topics covered
  • Preparation & consumption
  • History of tea preparation
  • Consumption habits today
  • Health benefits
  • Cupping/tasting

Dates and cost

No classes are currently scheduled. Check back for upcoming class information.

HTSM1507 – Menu Design and Food Pairing
Tea and pastry

Description

In this course, you will understand the principals behind using tea beyond its traditional use. Explore the various nuances of using tea as an ingredient – in cooking, baking and mixology. Discover how to pair tea with food and design a tea menu.

Topics covered
  • History & culinary use of tea
  • How to cook with tea
  • Tea & food pairing
  • Menu design
  • Purchasing procedure
  • Cupping/tasting

Dates and cost

No classes are currently scheduled. Check back for upcoming class information.

HTSM1508 – The Business of Tea
Woman chooses a drink while shopping in a store tea

Description

This course takes on the business side of the tea industry. Learn about commodity trader and auctions, packers, shippers and retailers. You will develop and understanding for the role each level plays and how they are interconnected. In addition, current trends and a overarching scope of the tea industry, including government regulations, will be discussed.

Topics covered
  • Importers
  • Packers
  • Retailers
  • Scope of the industry
  • Market overview
  • Government regulations
  • Cupping/tasting

Dates and cost

No classes are currently scheduled. Check back for upcoming class information.