CORE.06 Beyond Camellia Sinensis
In the final online class for our core curriculum, we extend our knowledge of tea to an overview of the many botanical infusions other than Camellia sinensis. Our focus will be on the most popular herbals in the market such as Rooibos, Yerba Mate, Guayusa, and more. The first week includes an exploration of humankind’s long relationship to botanical infusions as well as an in-depth explanation of the correct vocabulary for what (technically) is and isn’t ‘tea.’ Sensory evaluations of several herbal infusions conclude the class.
- Define tea and botanical infusions and know the difference between the two types of beverages.
- Understand the historical significance of botanical infusions to humankind.
- Name and describe the four different historical lineages of the use of herbal treatments.
- Understand the FDA’s stance regarding claims about the benefits of specific herbs in a commercial setting.
- Identify and describe over a dozen popular caffeine-free botanicals.
- Identify and describe popular botanicals other than tea and coffee that contain caffeine.
You will need to order your class kit no later than close of registration:
• Required class kits are not included in your purchase for your course
• Class kits need to be ordered from Elmwood Inn Fine Teas
• Go to Elmwood Inn’s World Tea Academy page to purchase kit* (You need to order your kit no later than one week before your class starts to ensure that you receive it in time.)
Please Note: International students that plan on taking more than one course with World Tea Academy will save money on the shipping costs of their class kits if they order multiple kits at a time.
Students will need to supply the following additional materials BEFORE the class starts. These are not included in the class kit:
• Two professional cupping sets
• An instant read thermometer
• A digital gram scale
• A timer
3 weeks (plus one week grace period to submit assignments and complete any tests.)
World Tea Academy Certified Tea Specialist Candidates:
Successful completion of this class counts towards certification for WTA Certified Tea Specialist. CORE.01 and CORE.02 are the suggested prerequisite for CORE.03 through CORE.06 classes.
*Disclaimer: Elmwood Inn Fine Teas is not part of World Tea Academy/Questex LLC nor is it affiliated World Tea Academy/Questex LLC. World Tea Academy/Questex LLC has partnered with Elmwood Inn Fine Teas only to provide the class kits for our courses.
- Course Author: Donna Fellman
- Beyond Camellia sinensis
- Beyond Camellia sinensis - Introduction
- Part 1: Botanical Infusions
- Part 2: Caffeine-Containing Infusions
- CORE.06 Instructor Assignment 1.1
- Week 1 Classroom Assignment
- End of Week One Quiz
- Part 3 – Caffeine-free Tisanes
- CORE.06 Instructor Assignment 2.1
- Week 2 Classroom Assignment
- End of Week 2 Quiz
- Sensory Evaluation and Professional Tea Cupping
- CORE.06 Cupping Exercise - Instructor Assignment
- Week 3 Classroom Assignment
- Final Exam - Beyond Camellia Sinensis
Suggested Prerequisites: CORE.01; CORE.02 or the basic tea knowledge equivalent.
See Class Schedule Page for registration and start dates.
I was less excited about this course than some of the tea based courses, but I actually found it very interesting and informative and really will help me in formulating blends and utilizing other plants outside of camellia sinensis.
MichaelAug 27, 2023
KimberlyNov 22, 2022
AndreasMar 25, 2022
Freedom to invent a tea sensory comparison and then think critically how we would be able to alter it to enhance it's appeal to us.
LauraMar 18, 2022
As always a very interesting course. Helped me figure out a lot of details regarding infusions that i wasn't aware. I enjoyed the historical part of the class as well.
KonstantinosOct 24, 2021
CraigOct 24, 2021
Excellent course with an in- depth survey of all popular herbs today!
ElsaApr 24, 2021
Awesome information provided in this course for Botanical Infusions. I'm more excited and interested to explore this area for my knowledge and experiential growth.
KathleenMay 30, 2020
This has been a great program! I will have my certificate now as a Tea Specialist. I intend to take more courses in the future starting with ADV9 in September. Thank you Lisa and all the staff at WTA!
DeborahMay 24, 2020
This class gave me more information than I expected. The assignments were challenging and exciting.
LoriApr 23, 2019
I very much appreciated this course, from the content to the cupping!
SHARONApr 15, 2019
Great course, content, and class material!
MarcelaSep 25, 2018
A great introduction to botanicals - looking forward to the advanced course.
TerriMar 19, 2018
This course was absolutely fantastic! Extremely informative and gave me a broader depth of knowledge into the herbal infusions and also caffeinated non tea leaf infusions that I had never heard of. Thank you for empowering me beyond Camellia Sinensis!
TammyJan 30, 2018
I loved this course. Of course there are too many botanical infusions to study, but I loved the way the course went so in depth when it came to botanicals with caffeine. It is rare to find so much information on any other herb besides yerba mate or guarana.
Maria InêsJan 21, 2018
Excellent course to expand my knowledge of tisanes. Most of my tea journey has focused on the camelia sinensis plant. I am striving to grow my tea business, and like it or not, there are customers who say they "don't like tea". When I explain that there are botanical infusions that do not contain the camelia sinensis leaf, most customers are willing to try the infusion, and they are pleasantly surprised. This course allowed me to taste and learn about the caffeine containing botanicals as well. I now feel I have a well rounded education in the world of tea, tisanes, and caffeine containing botanicals.
PatriciaAug 27, 2017
I enjoyed learning about and sampling botanical infusions. It was a great course
HeatherJun 27, 2017
Great course, covered the broad spectrum of non-Camellia sinensis infusions in a very compartmentalised, easy to grasp way that can, in-turn, be easily relayed to customers.Thank you!
DawnJun 25, 2017
I appreciated learning about the differences between teas, caffeinated infusions, and herbals. I learned about various plants and other infusions of which I was not at all familiar.
DonnaLeeJun 25, 2017
This class was such a great learning experience. Thank you.
AlexJun 20, 2017
Very helpful course in understanding the Tisanes, blending and also the challenges of cupping some of the finer plants.
JamesApr 30, 2017
Well presented introduction to botanical infusions.
soniaApr 26, 2017
Another great learning experience. It's interesting and fun. Always love the cupping exercises. Thank you!
LoriApr 26, 2017
There is so much information to cover in this category that it almost needs to be in two parts (If there is an advanced class covering this then....never mind). This is an important class because it introduces you to herbal infusions you may have never tasted or even heard of.
JONELLApr 22, 2017
CeliaMar 05, 2017
So many botanical infusions are inaccurately called "tea" these days. I thoroughly enjoyed this in depth course on both caffeinated and caffeine-free infusions!
CarrieFeb 26, 2017
Once again very informative and interesting, however these botanical infusions were so far my least favorite to cup and sample.
JudiNov 27, 2016
This was a very insightful course and gave me the chance to explore yerba mate and lemon verbana which I had never tried before.
VictoriaSep 20, 2016
Great information! Enjoyed this course!
ArielMay 27, 2016
Great information on botanical infusions!
JulietMay 22, 2016
This was a course I was really looking forward to being that tisanes are not an area I've done a lot of concentrated study on. Very valuable information.
DavidApr 02, 2016
Excellent introduction to the "herbals" that contain caffeine - thanks.
SofiaMar 27, 2016
A fun subject to explore but I can't wait to get back to tea! As always, excellent instruction.
JoanMar 15, 2016
The course really helped me understand more about Herbal Infusions. I strongly believe, this really will help me go ahead are confidently
DarvinJan 30, 2016
NicoleOct 31, 2015
Great course beyond tea!
MichaelOct 25, 2015
very complete information
TingAug 30, 2015
I love to learn and have found that all of the courses I have taken so far offer a plethora of information.
KarriJun 22, 2015
EuniceApr 27, 2015
I have had so much fun. The course is terrific
SabrinaApr 26, 2015