World Tea Academy Launches a New Specialty Tea Course for Small Farmers Around the World

World Tea Academy has launched a new fully certified specialty tea course for small farmers around the world. Entitled “Excellence in Tea Manufacturing from Bush to Cup,” the course is available online and begins on July 1, 2024.

Developed and endorsed by World Tea Academy and Tea Vision Trust, the course material has been created by leaders in the tea industry working with World Tea Academy to provide education in all aspects of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for small growers globally.

Topics covered in the course include: 

  • Addressing challenges, prospects and impacts that affect small growers
  • History of tea production (tea production trends and industry trends across the globe)
  • Understanding the tea market and market potential at a local scale and an international scale
  • Methods to enhance tea quality
  • Good manufacturing processes including hygiene for workers and within the factory
  • Tea production methods for small scale farmers
  • Small scale tea manufacturing equipment
  • Cupping, tea evaluation and tea auction processes to gain confidence, successfully evaluate products and identify good and poor teas
  • Tea production and manufacturing methods, enabling the small grower to understand the different tea production and manufacturing methods that can be used to transform plucked leaves into exceptional teas
  • Comparing quality evaluation techniques with customer preferences

Tea Vision Trust, a partner in this specific course, is an independent think tank for the tea industry, based in India, delivering holistic and sustainable direction to the tea industry stakeholders. It has in its fold, tea industry veterans, across the value chain, with deep domain knowledge of management of large-scale tea plantation management, management of Small Tea Grower models and tea scientists, with emphasis on training and development.

Sharyn Johnston, CEO/Founder of Australian Tea Masters, the leading organization for global tea training and tea education development, which partners with World Tea Academy, said, “This is an exciting moment in tea education, which will bring value to the true heart of the tea industry. We are proud of this milestone in tea education as small tea growers are confronted with several severe impediments that may jeopardize their global tea market sustainability and further development.”

Registration for “Excellence in Tea Manufacturing from Bush to Cup” is open now. Click here to register.


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