A French tea educator has teamed up with Gorkha growers to host a certified tea sommelier and tea sensory training workshop in Darjeeling during the height of the 2018 harvest.
The week-long training sessions begin Sunday, Apr. 29 through Saturday May 5, 2018 at Gomtee Tea Garden and Margarets Hope Tea Garden in the heart of the Darjeeling growing region.
Organizers Raju Lama and Carine Baudry, working in cooperation with the Goodricke Tea company, are hosting the program, which is endorsed by the Tea Board of India and complies with sommelier and sensory certification guidelines. Lama, a Darjeeling native, and La QunitEssence instructor and tea expert Carine Baudry will conduct the training.
“We would like to promote Darjeeling as a center for tea culture, tea knowledge and a center of excellence where tea enthusiasts, connoisseurs and tea masters can come and learn, share and experience rich tea cultures from all around the world,” writes Ramu.
The course is limited to 10 participants and stresses hands-on tea-making and sensory evaluation. The program is the first of its kind, says Lama, and will not only introduce professionals to the remarkable teas of this region, it will introduce local growers to international tea enthusiasts and buyers. He outlined a collegial learning opportunity where participants “share their experiences, teach, interact, and mingle with fellow participants, the local tea community, and tea professionals in Darjeeling.”
The fee for the workshop is $2,556 (EURO €2,058) and includes transport to and from Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal. Register at Eventbrite or email Raju Lama for details.
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- Master the skills of tea brewing and tasting
- Identify different types of tea including black, white, oolong along with other specialty teas and their health advantages.
- Recognze the principal sensory characteristic of tea
- Understand how to evaluate tea quality
- Distinguish the principal types and varieties of tea and various production methods (orthodox, CTC etc.) (Tea Grades: full leaf, brokens, dust, fannings etc)
- Develop a shared understanding of the tea agriculture (organic, bio dynamic, conventional practices)
- Distinguish the main tea producing nations of the world
- Correct procedures for storage of tea and prolonging shelf life
- Learn the necessary utensils and crockery for the tea service (Tea Etiquette)
- Global history of tea and of Darjeeling tea.
- Understand basic elements of tea culture around the world
- Successfully pair tea with food/alcohol.