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The American Tea Masters Association proudly announces its special upcoming Certified Tea Sommelier Course conducted entirely in Spanish. This course will be conducted January 21 – January 24, 2012 (inclusive), in San Diego, California. Diego Morlachetti, Certified Tea Master and Executive Director of the Escuela de Te in Argentina, will teach this course.
Chas Kroll, Executive Director of American Tea Masters Association and Certified Tea Master announced, “This course is a great opportunity for Spanish-speaking people in the USA who wish to take their passion for tea and its health benefits to a professional level. There has been so much interest in the US, that for the first time, ATMA is offering the course in Spanish.”
The Certified Tea Sommelier Course is suited to restaurant and tea court owners and managers, wine sommeliers, tea aficionados, industry suppliers, and others who wish to incorporate tea mastery skills into their personal or professional lives.
Margo Seymour, owner of the Denver Tea Room in Colorado, became a Certified Tea Master in 2010 and opened her shop. Now she confidently knows her teas as well as how to best market her tea room. Seymour expects that her business in 2012 will double that of 2011. “I bring out trays of 30 teas and sniffing boxes. Scent will lead them to a tea they like,” says Seymour.
As the profession expands, there is growing demand for Certified Tea Sommeliers. Respected hotels, traditional and modern tea rooms, high-end restaurants, and teashops create an important base for a professional tea sommelier.
The Certified Tea Sommelier Course provides a thorough foundation for those interested in managing the tea service, including: vendor selection, creating tea menus, seasonal tea rotation, managing guest preferences, and providing accurate background information on a myriad of teas.
The course starts with a 4-day intensive training at the Liberty Station Courtyard by Marriott. This is followed by home study utilizing online tutorials led by Morlachetti between February and September 2012.