So in 2014, I visited the Dilmah School of Tea in Sri Lanka and learned a tremendous amount about tea types, processes, the regions where it grows, the people who prepare tea, pairing tea with food and making alcoholic and non-alcoholic products with tea.
Not only that, I met some amazing tea people in the process and created many long-lasting connections in the industry.
Inspired and keen to learn even more, I enrolled on The Tea and Herbal Association of Canada’s Tea Sommelier® Certification Program, one of the best tea courses in the world. I spent over two years learning all about growing, processing and making tea, tasting tea, tea’s health benefits, and a lot more.
After some tough written exams, blind tea cuppings and an oral test by the President of the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada on the History and Mythology of Tea, I qualified as a Certified TAC Tea Sommelier Professional, and I’m very proud to say that I was the first UK resident to do so!
As a Certified TAC Tea Sommelier® Professional, I have a thorough knowledge of:
Tea history and culture
Tea processing methods for different types of tea
How to steep / tea preparation
Tasting notes for different types of tea
The principles behind tea and food pairings
How to design a comprehensive tea menu for retail or any food service environment.
With all that knowledge under my belt, I've been putting my skills to great use ever since, helping tea businesses and cake and ice cream producers develop new products. I’m proud to be an ambassador, and business development partner for Dilmah tea, and I’ve even been talking to companies about the health and wellbeing benefits of tea.
Here are some examples of ways I can apply my tea knowledge in the food industry.
Helping businesses add specific flavours and give certain benefits to their foods by adding teas.
Exploring innovative opportunities for making new products with tea.
Supporting food and drink companies interested in using tea as an alternative to sugary drinks or alcohol.
If you’re interested in how I can help you explore opportunities to work with tea, please get in touch.
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