Become a Tea Sommelier™

The newest and most coveted career in the global tea industry today

That of the Tea Sommelier™ is one of the newest and most coveted careers in the global tea industry today. Having borrowed the word 'sommelier' from the wine industry gives a general idea of how that role translates into the world of tea.


Already in 2004, Italy Tea & Infusions Association (ITA.Tea), formerlyADeMaThè Tea Association of Italy, had sensed the future trends of the international tea market, launching the first professional course in the world of Tea Sommelier™.


Since then the Tea Sommelier profession has become increasingly popular around the world, and today is one of the newest and most coveted careers in the global tea industry.

Tea Sommelier™ Job Description

Tea Sommelier™ is a trained and knowledgeable tea professional who has successfully completed the professional training and career paths as required by the “Italy Tea & Infusions Association (ITA.Tea)” and has passed a rigorous certification examination.


A Tea Sommelier™ has a thorough understanding of tea and its history, processing methods and preparation, and be able to interact easily with anyone on the subject of tea and make recommendations based on their needs in an approachable and easy manner.


A Tea Sommelier™ has the ability to design a comprehensive tea menu for retail or any food service environment, promote the tea culture in hotels and restaurants, and understand and apply the principals behind tea and food pairings to enhance the dining experience.


A Full Graduate Tea Sommelier™ can provides various services which includes:

  • Afternoon Tea Event Planning
  • Menu planning with tea pairing for restaurants
  • Creating signature tea blends and flavored teas for restaurants & cafes
  • Training of restaurant personnel on preparation and serving of tea
  • Tea & Menu Pairing Events

Professional Tea Sommelier

A Comprehensive Course for Tea Professionals

organized by

Italy Tea & Infusions Association

The first Tea Association in the world to organize Tea Sommelier's courses

Since 2004!