The Daye course is the second part of our journey on Chinese tea, and requires a succesful attedance to the Xiaoye - Small Leaf course.
With the Xiaoye course we learn how to dive into Chinese tea terroir and to culturally translate its complexity; with the Daye we focus on the most technical aspects around our beloved tea leaves, going in-depth on professional tasting, Chinese evaluating jargon, domestic (Chinese) and international markets, supply chain.
We learn how a Chinese tea-professional researches, samples and evaluates a tea-leaf before purchasing it; what is the standard in terms of appearance, fragrance, taste, of each category of tea, and also what are their most common flaws and what caused them.
In this course the most important terms and categories are given in Chinese language, following the teaching of Xiaoye course.
The goal of this course is to learn how to independently sample, evaluate and purchase a tea for your business, understanding its value and potential.
At the end of the course, after a successful passing of the final exam, there is the optional possibility to obtain the official certification as Tea Professional recognised by the Chinese government.
From the source
We are based in China, where we continuously update our knowledge visiting scholars, researchers, and of course other tea producers.
We follow our students daily during the course program, and allow our graduate students to repeat the course at a discounted price to keep updated on the latest tea knowledge directly from China.
The last level of our Daye // Big-leaf course offers an official Chinese certificate.
Classes are held online through Zoom, and all the teas shipped to your home, wherever you are. Shipping fees are included for all students in Europe and United States. For other countries, additional shipping fees may be applied.
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. 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.
40+ HIGH QUALITY TEAS
During the course we taste over40 premium teas, all of them of guaranteed origin, to get the best foundations possible to your memory of flavours.
Every students that complete the course is admitted in our Alumni group, with international fellow tea-people with which share your passion and projects.
The course lasts for ten weekly classes, followed by a review and two sessions of testing, both practice and theory. The weekdays are left for self-study, with our support.
For further information book a video-call with Vivian, or write us an email.
*we are glad to support the future of our industry offering special rates to business owners and young students.
Open to all our alumni
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.
After ten years since the beginning of our journey, first as tea travelers 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.
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.
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.