A tea sommelier is a professional who has extensive knowledge and training in the world of tea.
The process to become a tea sommelier typically involves studying the history and culture of tea, learning about different types of tea and gaining hands-on experience in brewing and tasting tea. Tea sommeliers are taught to have a thorough understanding of various flavor profiles and aromas of different teas, and should be able to recommend appropriate teas to suit a customer’s tastes and preferences. Many tea sommeliers also have additional training in food pairing, which allows them to recommend tea to complement particular food dishes.
Tea sommeliers can work in a variety of settings, including high-end restaurants, tea shops, and specialty food stores. They are often responsible for sourcing tea, creating tea blends, tending to customers, and educating staff on tea-related topics.
In addition to their knowledge of tea, tea sommeliers should also have excellent customer service skills. By being able to to listen to a customer’s preferences and provide knowledgeable recommendations, tea sommeliers help customers discover new and exciting teas, and gain a greater understanding and appreciation for this ancient beverage.
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