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ITA Certified Tea Course - Foundation Level
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  • Lectures 33
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 9/2014 English

Course Description

We'll have four major levels of ITA (International Tea Academy) certified Tea courses include this one you'll take (Foundation / Intermediate / Milestone / Mastery). The ITA certified tea course - Foundations of Chinese Tea is also available on Udemy right now. After you complete these four level of courses, we'll have a final exam post on the last level (Mastery) on Udemy, after you pass the exam (The exam will be easy if you learning every single levels seriously), you'll achieve the ITA tea courses completion certification.

Anyone in the tea industry or who wants to be in the tea industry will greatly benefit from this course. Whether you are a tea taster, tea lover, tea blogger, tea business owner or you dream of owning a tea business, this course will give you a true insider's knowledge of Chinese tea and international tea industry. It is also crucial to understand where your tea comes from, how it is produced and why it is the way it is. Discover how to support the right kinds of teas from ethical sources. After completing this course, it would be impossible for anyone to take you as a fool again.

This course will cover 5 major part:

1. The Origin of Tea

2. Major Tea Quality Characteristics

3. Tea Evaluation Methods

4. Tea Industry Growth

5. Tea culture and tea with your health

You may only need one month to complete this course, but it will benefit you in whole life. Any one of you will discover a new world within this course, there are those of you who want to start a different lifestyle and want a change, you want to earn a living different way, doing something you enjoy, tea. This course has a profound knowledge of the tea industry and tea culture of China, and will bring into the most special and coolest new healthy living style.

What are the requirements?

  • We highly suggest you drink teas as you drink teas as you follow along with the course. We recommend Wild Tea Qi teas www.wildteaqi.com as I can guarantee the quality of the teas here.
  • Tea tools and teas are not necessary, but will add greatly to your learning experience.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Upon completion of this course you will be able to identify the major varieties of teas from around the world
  • You will discover the deep inner workings of the tea business arming you with the knowledge to begin your own
  • You will deeply understand the ancient knowledge of tea's healing benefits
  • Upon completion of this course you will be able to properly source your tea. You will be able to properly source without getting ripped off from tea traders, tea farmers and or tea factories.
  • Upon completion of this course you will know how to conduct a proper Chinese tea ceremony

Who is the target audience?

  • Whether you are a tea drinker, coffee lover, wine connoisseur you will benefit from this course. Whether you are in the tea business, as a tea shop owner, distributor, blogger, tea master, starting a tea business or have interest in tea, you will greatly benefit from this course.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Section 1: Introduction
Welcome - Introduction
Section 2: The origin of tea

There are 380 different types of tea trees in the world. Which part of China was the first place for tea? This is an important section of the course, where you will learn exactly where tea comes from, how it spread all around world, and its original history. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll have a much clearer idea of where your cup of tea comes from.


Yunnan is the birthplace of tea. Discover the tea trees of Yunnan as well as their ethnic minority cultures who have a special and ancient relationship with the tea trees.


The Ancient Tea Horse Road is an important road in the history of tea. It helped spread tea across the world. Here we will discover why and what it is all about.


Did you know that the climate, soil, temperature, seasons and location all have a significant effect on your tea? In this lesson we go in depth into how geographical locations effect tea differently.


If you want to understand tea, you must understand it's origins. It is from China and the Chinese tea history is a key part of this knowledge.

Section 3: Major Tea Quality Characteristics

What really is green tea? Discover the production method of green tea and how it differs from the other major tea varieties.


What really is yellow tea? Discover the production method of yellow tea and how it differs from the other major tea varieties.


What really is dark tea? Discover the production method of dark tea and how it differs from the other major tea varieties.


What really is oolong tea? Discover the production method of oolong tea and how it differs from the other major tea varieties.


What really is white tea? Discover the production method of white tea and how it differs from the other major tea varieties.


What really is black tea? Discover the production method of black tea and how it differs from the other major tea varieties.


No matter what kind of tea you are drinking, no matter how fancy the name of the tea is, and of the tea's origin they all belong to the major 6 types of Chinese tea varieties. Now you have a rich knowledge of the six major varities of tea: green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong tea, dark tea and yellow tea.

Section 4: How to Evaluate Tea

Knowing how to evaluate tea is the most important skill a tea master needs to have. Once you know how to evaluate tea and judge it properly, then you can work in the world of tea wherever you want. Discover the 4 things you need to properly evaluate tea.


Here are the basic steps to properly evaluate tea.


What is the difference between factory produced tea and artisanal teas? Here we discover how to evaluate the differences.

Section 5: Global Tea Business

Now you are entering our more advanced section of the course: The tea business. In recent years, tea has become an increasingly popular beverage in the US. More and more tea shops are opening, but how can you be successful in this business? How can you become special in this business? Here are some keys we would like to share with you to help you be successful in your tea business.


Now we will delve into the Tea Research Institute and Academy of Agricultural Sciences. What it is and why it is so important to understanding the tea industry. Tracing the origins of your tea is crucial to understanding transparent business. You will be surprised to see the amount of hands that your tea passes through. Discover the entire process here.


In the vedio of blending analysis has a little bit calculation errors, please download the file How Big Tea Company Blending to help you get more clear about this calculation.


Understanding how to educate your market and buyers is crucial for a successful tea business. In this lesson you will have the tools you need to do this.

Section 6: Tea Ceremony and Traditional Chinese Culture

Japanese and Chinese tea ceremony have distinctly different features, each with their own beauty. Here we discover the beauty of each one.


Many people in modern times have not even heard of Lu Yu, but Lu Yu had a profound effect on Chinese tea culture and tea. This is the story of Lu Yu.


Preparation for tea ceremony requires certain steps. Here we begin the proper tea ceremony preparation.


The Gaiwan is likely the most popular vessel in China for tea ceremony. Largely unknown to the west, here you will discover what is a Gaiwan and how to use it.


Your method of brewing tea with the Gaiwan will vary from tea to tea. Here we go in depth of how to use a Gaiwan to brew white tea. We even include a beautiful Chinese tea ceremony here for you too!


Your method of brewing tea with the Teapot will vary from tea to tea. Here we go in depth of how to use a Teapot to brew pressed puer tea. We even include a beautiful Chinese tea ceremony here for you too!


Your method of brewing tea with the Teapot will vary from tea to tea. Here we go in depth of how to use a Teapot to brew looseleaf puer tea. We even include a beautiful Chinese tea ceremony here for you too!

Section 7: Tea with Health

Did you know that during different times certain teas can be more beneficial than others? Here we discuss what teas are best for different times of the day.


Everyone must understand how to properly prepare to drink tea to have the ultimate tea drinking experience.


Here is how to choose different teas based on the seasons.


Tea has so many health benefits, and each tea contains different benefits. With so many options how do you choose which tea to drink? In this lesson discover how to choose the right tea for what you and your body needs.

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Important key data on tea and it's benefits.

Section 8: Thank you!
Thank you!

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Instructor Biography

Shana Zhang, ITA Certified Tea Specialist, Professional Tea Book Writer

Shana Zhang is a certified tea expert by International Tea Academy. She grew up in a tea family that owns two tea plantation and two tea factories in Yunnan, China. Her tea book The Wild Truth of Tea been published on Amazon. She has a deep and unique perspective of the tea industry from the Chinese side of things. She worked for her family's tea company, which is the largest tea export company in Yunnan province, where she was responsible for international sales, tea quality testing, fair trade certification, IMO certification, plantation inspection and other responsibilities.

She was professionally trained within China in Chinese tea ceremony and as a professional tea taster. She currently a shareholder in Wild Tea Qi, which is a tea company that is distributed in the US. She manage the buying operations, tea farmers and plantation inspections, package design, and international sales. She joined Wild Tea Qi as part of her mission to help protect China's quickly dwindling natural environment, as the guiding spirit of integrity in support of Biodiversity tea and preserving the original tea artisans.

Together, Wild Tea Qi's founder and president and the tea book Wild Tea Hunter's author JT Hunter and her have built this company based on their years of experience going deep within China, hunting down the finest artisanal teas available and collecting some incredible stories along the way.

In addition to all this,they have compiled information about hundreds of tea companies from around the world, they also the founder of International Tea Academy and you can read Shana's tea book The Wild Truth of Tea on Amazon, she is ready to share with you lots of this insider tea knowledge.

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