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The Xiaoye course is the first part of our journey on Chinese tea, an in-depth travel into each layer of the most important tea-terroirs of China: history, geography, botany, technique, culture, and people.
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 enthusiasts and professionals, 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.
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. 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.
30+ high quality teas
During the course we taste over 30 premium teas, all of guaranteed origin, to give the best possible basis to your memory of flavors.
All students who complete the course are admitted to our Alumni group, with international tea-people to share your passion and projects with.
The course lasts for nine weekly classes, followed by a review and a final test. The weekdays are left for self-study, with our support.
*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.