UKTA reason for being
To provide outstanding education for tea professionals and tea enthusiasts worldwide
The UKTA was established in 2015 to raise the standards of tea service in hospitality. One of the UKTA founders and Director of Studies Jane Pettigrew, is a passionate advocate of high quality tea, prepared correctly to draw the best flavour from the leaf. Jane is among the best-known and most highly respected professionals in the tea world. She has worked as a writer and educator for over 35 years and is tirelessly committed to sharing her knowledge of tea with anyone who has an appreciation for this fabulous leaf. She teaches all over the world, has written 17 books on tea and was awarded a BEM (British Empire Medal) for services to the tea industry.
Jane has created engaging and informative multi-media courses with our highly-regarded tutors who all have specific areas of expertise, from a native understanding of key tea-growing regions, and the history and culture of tea in Britain, to tea science and health.
A certificate from the UKTA is recognised in the hospitality industry as representing a high level of achievement and means the holder has attained a deep understanding and serious appreciation of quality tea. On completion of the introductory Level 1: Tea Champion, most of our students are inclined to develop an even greater knowledge of this fascinating world and enrol in Level 2: Tea Sommelier. Some go even further, to the ultimate challenge of Level 3: Tea Diploma.
The UKTA is recognised as the UK’s leading provider of tea training and now with online global reach and courses in several languages, we have students choosing the UKTA above all others in the international tea training arena. They are never disappointed and all become part of our close UKTA community of tea lovers.
Co-founder and Director of Studies
Jane is one of the best-known and most highly respected professionals in the tea world and was voted Best Tea Educator at World Tea Awards, World Tea Expo 2016.
Suranga teaches our Ceylon Tea Masterclass. He is the former CEO of Ceylon Tea Brokers PLC and has a vast knowledge of the individual estates and teas from across the island of Sri Lanka.
Elizabeth has a lifetime of experience growing, harvesting and infusing herbs. She has her own tea company, based in the USA, and she teaches our Herbs and Infusions Masterclass.
Bhushan has worked at the forefront of the Nepali tea industry for over three decades. With his vast wealth of knowledge, we are delighted to have him teach our Nepali Tea Masterclass.