ITEI Certified Tea Sommelier 3-Day Programme

ITEI Certified Tea Sommelier 3-Day Programme

The ITEI Certified Tea Sommelier certification has been designed specifically for hospitality professionals, with accreditation provided by both the International Tea Education Institute (ITEI) and EuropeanSpeciality Tea Association (ESTA). It will provide you with the confidence, knowledge and qualifications required to become a tea expert within food and beverage environments such as restaurants, hotels, and barista venues.

Entry Requirements

Whilst this qualification is an intermediate-level certification tea programme, it is suitable for those without any in-depth knowledge of tea as well as for people who wish to deepen their existing knowledge.

Course content

The ITEI Tea Sommelier course will be classroom based in London and will consist of 9 modules over 28 hours followed by 10 hours of home study and a final exam.

Upon successful completion of this Certification, students will receive a ITEI and ESTA Tea Sommelier Certificate and automatic enrolment into the valuable Tea Sommelier Alumni Group and discounted membership rates for ESTA, the leading European tea organisation, and your gateway to a wealth of tea industry knowledge, from tea growers to end consumers.

The programme covers the major tea types, tea grades, tea growing countries and different tea cultures from around the globe. There will also be a specific focus on a tea sommelier’s role, including tea and food pairing, tea mixology, afternoon tea services and managing tea menus from a business perspective.

  • ITEI Tea Sommelier™ role within the food service, catering, and hospitality
  • Overview of terroir, cultivation, and manufacture
  • The science of tea and professional sensory tea evaluation techniques
  • Tasting and assessment of specialty teas from around the world
  • International tea trade dynamics
  • A detailed look at the teas from all the major tea growing countries incl. China, Japan, Taiwan, Indian subcontinent, and Africa
  • Understanding different tea cultures and differing tea making techniques such as multiple infusions and matcha
  • The practical aspects of tea services within a hospitality environment
  • Tea menu designs and the business perspective
  • Designing an Afternoon Tea service
  • The principles of tea and food pairing and mixology


£1500 + VAT which includes

  • London classroom training
  • Pre-course material
  • Take-home cupping sets
  • Course material

The next ITEI Tea Sommelier course will take place in London 23rd-25th October 2023.

If you are interested in attending this course, please email us at teaschool@camelliasteahouse.com or call 0203 489 7676.