About the Tea Association of Canada

Established in 1954, as the Canadian Tea Council with the founding countries of Sri Lanka and India, the council carried the role of promoting tea consumption to Canadians. Today, as the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada, we are a not-for-profit association representing the entire tea industry in Canada from the bush to the cup.

Visit the Tea Association of Canada online at www.tea.ca.

Program Delivery

Individual courses are open to all students whether or not they are working toward certification, however, Tea 101 is a pre-requisite to all courses. The remaining courses may be taken in any order.

Location

Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College,
135 Taylor Road,
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON  L0S1J0

To register and for more information:

Contact Kristina Inman by email at kinman@niagaracollege.ca or by phone at 905-641-2252 extension 4629.

Tea 101 - Introduction to Tea

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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: TEA 101 is a prerequisite for all remaining tea courses. Course materials included.

Topics explored include:

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

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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Tea 102 - Regions of the World

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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.

Note: TEA 101 is a prerequisite for this course.

Topics explored include:

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

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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Tea 103 - Sensory Development

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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 explored include:

  • 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

Tea 104 - Tea Types

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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 explored include:

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

Tea 105 - From Bush to Cup

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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 explored include:

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

Tea 106 - Tea Preparation

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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 explored include:

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

Tea 107 - Tea & Food

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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 explored include:

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

Tea 108 - The Business of Tea

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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 explored include:

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