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UKTA Newsletter December 2023

All the news from the world of tea. Masterclasses in Kent for spring 2024, PLUS: watch highlights from The Leafies ceremony 2023, awards success for UKTA tutors Beverly Wainwright and Lucy George, East India Company walking tour in London, and past student successes….

Leafies Judging – Watch the Video

From 17th – 21st October our expert judges gathered to assess every tea entered into the first ever International Tea Academy Awards, The Leafies 2022. We’re proud to share this behind the scenes video of our judging week film, which shows the care and consideration that went into tasting each and every tea.

Jane Pettigrew Talks Tea on The Tea Biz

Our indefatigable co-founder and Director of Studies Jane Pettigrew – leading tea historian and writer – spoke to @the.tea.biz podcast about how the UKTA evolved into an innovative global tea education institution with the impact of COVID, and the role UKTA plays in raising awareness of good tea both in the UK and around the world.

Perfect Water for Tea

We are delighted to present The UK Tea Academy’s first white paper on water for tea. Water, which makes up to 99% or more of a cup of tea, is an often-overlooked ingredient that has a huge impact on the taste, aroma and appearance of every cup – and up until now it has not been considered in the same way as water for coffee.

Tea in the Future – a Bumpy Ride?

In Feb 2018, Nigel Melican gave the keynote address at the Global Tea Initiative for Tea Culture and Science 3rd Annual Symposium. He discussed such factors as urbanisation, population growth, an increasing shortage of available land, climate change, etc – all of which will have, or are already having a fundamental effect on tea production.