Xiaoye - Small Leaf
A journey into Chinese Tea
The tea- learning and tasting will be deeply connected with its original Chinese culture, studying the main factors that determined its change over time through historical events, technical achievements, and market transformation.
In each class we introduce elements of Chinese language, to be able to pronounce correctly the teas and places.
The goal of this course is to learn how to independently source and safely purchase your favorite tea, understanding its authenticity and possibly holding a small conversation with your favorite Chinese vendor.
It is aimed to tea enthusiast and professional, and it is propedeutic to the Daye - Big Leaf course, that gives access to the official certification as Tea Professional recognized by the Chinese government.
Schedule and Program
#1 - Introduction to Chinese Tea
#2 - Geography of tea in China: trees and climate
#3 - Emperors, powerful people, economics impacted tea in different dynasties.
#4 - Knowing and processing the leaves: white teas
#5 - Knowing and processing the leaves: green and yellow teas
#6 - Knowing and processing the leaves: Wulong teas, Wuyishan teas and Dancong from Guangdong
#7 - Knowing and processing the leaves: red teas
#8 - Knowing and processing the leaves: dark and fermented teas
#9 -Pure teas, blends, and scented teas in Chinese tradition
Each class is held every Saturday from 10am CEST untill 12pm CEST (calculate here your local time).
The classes are held online through Zoom, and all the teas shipped to your home, wherever you are. We will use audio / video and a live chat, to sum up the keywords of each lesson and your questions during the course, and we will share a presentation with words and photos with your private screens.You will also receive digital or paper notes before each lesson, in order to better follow the course.
Beside Vivian, the teacher, we always have at least one assistant online to write the key-points in the chat, collect your homework, and to answer your questions.
After each class we share our presentations for self study, the chat log, and some audio files to help you to review the most important words and their pronunciation. During the week we are always available to support you through your individual study both on teas and language.
Eastern Tea Academy
Students in possession of said certificate are able to judge and accurately describe teas with respect to their own terroir, to brew tea as a professional, to trace the production techniques, and finally to understand and actively participate to market quotations.
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