Tea Foundation Online

Introductory Level: (online only)



For 3 months (or more) due to the crisis. We want this course to be available to as many people as possible.

(Normal Price £275)

Tea Foundation Online

This online course is open for enrolment at any time.

Great course
Thank you for this extraordinary course about the world of tea: very good teaching materials and easy to follow and to learn.

5 star rating

Appealing approach to the tea world
I think that this online course is very well studied, explaining all the basic knowledge of tea through appealing images and clear explanations. I will definitely recommend this to anybody wanting to approach tea culture. Thank you.

5 star rating

Who is it for?

Anyone interested in tea. Essential for those already working in the F&B and hospitality sectors and ideal for tea lovers who want a deeper understanding of the history, culture, manufacturing and trends.

The student needs to commit at least 12 hours of study to this course, which is delivered as four units where each unit is expected to require 3 hours of dedicated study time.

What does it cover?

Leading groups such as Fortnum & Mason, Café Royal and Mandarin Oriental have been dependent on the UK Tea Academy’s courses for many years, sending delegates to the Academy’s classroom courses that have been created and led by Jane Pettigrew, the world’s most expert tea educator.

The course delivers the theory of the Level 1 Tea Champion course. You can progress at your own pace regardless of time zone with a quiz at the end of each lesson.

You will learn:

* About the history of tea; the plant, and harvesting the leaf

* Tea terminology

* About trends behind different types of tea

* The difference in tea manufacturing methods for the 6 categories of tea

* The golden rules of tea storage and brewing

* How to approach the challenges of brewing and serving a variety of teas

* About caffeine, L-theanine and the perceived health benefits of tea

What will I need?

Just your computer/phone. There are no required practical elements in this online course and therefore no specialist equipment or tea is needed. Keen students may source their own tea varieties to further enjoy different teas and apply what has been learnt from this Tea Foundation course, although we strongly recommend that you consider attending a one-day UKTA Tea Sensory and Practical course in the UK Tea Academy’s classroom where you will learn how to taste tea, practise brewing, taste more than 40 teas from all 6 categories, learn to recognise different leaf grades, and explore the basics of blending with our expert tutors.

Further training

Successful completion of the online Tea Foundation course will earn the student credit towards a Level 1 Tea Champion course. To achieve the full Tea Champion certification students should take our Sensory and Practical ‘upgrade’ course. This will be available soon online and at our licensed training centres in Italy, Germany, Spain, as soon as we are able to return to classroom-based teaching (and other UKTA licensed training centres worldwide).

Only those who have completed either this online Tea Foundation course or all of the 8 Theory webinars will be eligible to book a place on the Sensory and Practical Course.

Completion of the Tea Champion course is a mandatory entry requirement for UKTA’s Level 2 Tea Sommelier course.

Tea Foundation Online

Further Advice

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