Tea Culture and knowledge

Eastern Tea Academy

Long-term courses, master-classes and events

After ten years since the beginning of our journey, first as tea scholars and then as producers, we want to offer a solid structure to our words, and pave the path for all tea enthusiasts. 
We designed an educational program to enrich the knowledge and awareness on tea and to train future tea professionals, with the purpose to form skilled, conscious and critical tea drinkers, ready to keep improving and take an active part in the growing global industry of fine tea.


Chinese tea culture for passionate and professionals; both online and offline.

Xiaoye // Small-leaf

A long-term course on Chinese teas and terroir, with elements of Chinese language: the beginning of your independent travel into Chinese leaves and markets. 

- Europe, Asia and Oceania time-zone:
Next session: from February 3rd, 2024

- Americas, Asia and Oceania time zone:
Currently ongoing

Course info


The official in-depth course to become a tea professional in China: we introduce advanced theory and tasting practices, with a final exam. It requires the Small-leaf course.

Next session:
February 2024

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Our tea club Four Seasons in Tea unites our Tea Academy and our Tea Tours: it takes you to tea forests and gardens, exploring a single terroir through the eyes of local farmers and experts.


*we are glad to support the future of our industry offering special rates to business owners and young students under 25 years old.

The teacher

Vivian Zhang is a tea master who graduated at the highest level from the Chinese Tea Academy, after attending courses in Beijing and completing her specialization in Kunming. In 2014 she became a tea producer after founding her company, Eastern Leaves, on mount Nannuo in Yunnan. Over the years, she has added the various degrees of the official training on tea - from the ceremony to the cultivation - to her liberal education in Ancient Chinese Literature. In 2016 she graduated with a Master degree in Food and Beverage Management, at Bocconi University in Milan. Together with Eastern Leaves, she divides her life between the mountains in Yunnan and her international travels, where she shares her experiences and the tea leaves she brings from her native land.

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Learn from your senses

Online and onsite courses

Besides the online courses, we are available for onsite learning in Nannuo mountain, Yunnan, focusing on the tea land, trees, and people.


The certificate

Upon passing the exam at the end of the Daye-Big Leaf level, a unique certificate in "Chinese Tea Taster and Connoisseur", legally registered with the Chinese Federation, will be issued by All China Federation of Supply and Marketing Cooperatives, Kunming headquarters.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.

Open to all our alumni

Live community

Everyone who has taken our Xiaoye or Daye course has access to our international community of students, a live forum and chat where you can find new content, knowledge and organize your own virtual or offline tea tasting.
It is a way to keep yourself up to date with the evolution of the tea industry and find a group of passionate people for your brewing sessions, wherever you go in the world.


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