This 2-day in-person course is held in partnership with Blends for Friends, at their facility near Sevenoaks, Kent. The tutor is Alex Probyn.

The course contributes one credit toward the Level Three Tea Diploma but is open to all, with no prior experience necessary.  For more details about the Tea Diploma qualification, please see this page or email info@ukteaacademy.com

(9.30am – 5.30pm each day)

The course will be held at:
Blends For Friends Ltd.
The Tea Barn
Coney Shaw Farm
Kemsing Road
TN15 6NN
United Kingdom

If you are interested in this course and would like more information on local accommodation and transport, please email us.



The price includes local transport from/to your accommodation site and/or station to/from the course venue, lunch, snacks and (of course) tea.

Counts as one credit towards your Level 3 Tea Diploma.


“What an amazing course it was. I feel very fortunate to have had the experience and thanks to you for incorporating it into the Tea Academy.”

“I loved every minute of the course and am simply buzzing from ideas and learnings. Alex is an absolute authority and it’s such a wonderful environment and team for the course to be undertaken.”

“Alex and his team are brilliant. A wonderful experience I’ll recommend to my colleagues.”


  • Meet and greet the team and participants.
  • Introductory activity; make and explain your own blend to drink.
  • Orientation; details of syllabus.
  • Basic food hygiene.
  • Tour of the working tea blending factory.
  • Planning your premises for retail, for catering, for online, and for wholesale.
  • Getting started: tools and equipment.
  • Blending black teas: English Breakfast – creating a ‘classic’; CTC versus Orthodox.
  • Blending white, green and oolong teas.
  • Blending oils and flavours: artificial and natural; creating the perfect Earl Grey.
  • Blending fruit and herbal infusions; flowers, seeds, fruits, roots and leaves.
  • Blend percentages; dos and don’ts.
  • Blending for how the drinker will drink it; different demographics, countries, water quality, adding milk.
  • Sourcing the right ingredients; the law, methods of sourcing, ingredients checking and batch control.
  • Creating the perfect blend portfolio; the right mix, blend costings, saving blend recipes; creating product specifications.
  • Free blending time; creating selection of own recipes.


In the late 90s Alex Probyn worked as a buyer and blender for Tetley, before setting up his own tea company – Blends For Friends – in 2006. Alex has visited over 150 tea and herb estates in all the major tea growing regions and has given masterclasses on tea in over 20 countries. Alex Probyn


If you wish to continue studying for your Tea Diploma, you will need to take further courses at this level and you must have already completed both Level One and Level Two before the final qualification can be awarded.

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