Art of Chinese Tea
Did you know that one could graduate with a certificate/or diploma in the art of tea? Yes, it is true. There is actually an Institute of Masters of Tea Art. This institute was established to educate and promote Chinese tea. It gives an education a well as enjoyment. All this while promoting the art of tea.
The institute aims to give a high standard of education. It will train enthusiasts in the beverage field to become its Premiere Master, which is the institute’s highest level. The student will be introduced to things like tasting, and performing Chinese tea rituals.
There are objectives that the Institute wants their teaching to convey:
-To understand the culture of Chinese tea and China.
-To promote tea and to understand the types of quality in tea.
How would a student graduate from such a program? Students would be asked to complete a series of programs and then would be tested. If the student was successful in the knowledge and material learned, the student would be highly honored with the depth of their knowledge.
Here is a bit of history about Chinese tea. China is known as the home land of tea. And China contends that their country is one of the largest producers of tea in the world. China has been consuming tea for about five thousand years. China is a proud nation and tea is engrained in the fabric of the Chinese society. That is why this institute is an important resource for China. Because the institute promotes the Chinese values and principals it is much sought after.
Reaching the pinnacle of becoming a tea master is a prestigious thing. When one becomes a tea master, this means that this individual is very skilled and touted as an expert in this field. And once the student obtains tea mastership, he will give service to others. The tea master will be responsible to be host a many gatherings.
The rituals of the tea ceremony itself is considered very significant. The ceremony to the Chinese is one that represents religion and nature. The individual tea masters strive to offer the tea ceremony in perfection.
The tea ceremony continues to be passed down from generation to generation. Chinese people are proud to have a tea master in the family. The training of the tea master is long and arduous. The student will go through extensive training divided into three levels. Just the sheer number of classes, and the amount of exams are intense.
The prerequisite for the enrollment in the Institute are that the seeker need to be in the professional beverage field or in the hospitality industry for a minimum of two years! The fees are quite expensive. Currently classes are being offered in China, New York, and in Canada.
The tradition of tea as part of the Chinese culture is rich and filled with art. As the tea that nurtures those who drink it, so too are the Masters of Tea whose knowledge will fill future generations with virtue, talent and value.
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