Hottest Tea Trend: Becoming a Certified TAC TEA SOMMELIER® Professional
First it was wine, then beer and now tea. TAC TEA SOMMELIER® Professionals are pairing the flavors of tea and food in Canada. “For over a century now, hotels like the Fairmont Royal York Toronto and the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City have withheld the tradition of “high tea”, an influence of British culture. But now, there is a renaissance of tea rooms across the country and restauranteurs are picking up on their customer’s renewed interest for the hot elixir,” says Louise Roberge, Certified TAC TEA SOMMELIER® Professional and President of the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada.
To become a Certified TAC TEA SOMMELIER® Professional, you need to know a lot about tea: where it’s from, how it’s made, the different aromas and flavors in tea, and which ones pair well with what kind of food. Canada is leading the way in the world of professional tea appreciation. The program was launched in 2006, and has quickly grown. It is now offered at seven colleges across Canada and online through the Academy of Tea, and in Italian through Protea Academy. The program is always growing and we look forward to sharing updates with you this year.