First Tea Sommelier Training in the U.S. Conducted Entirely in Spanish

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The American Tea Masters Association is proud to announce its licensee in Argentina, Escuela Argentina de Té, will be offering its Certified Tea Sommelier Course at the Courtyard by Marriott Liberty Station in San Diego, California, January 19 – 22, 2012. The entire course will be conducted in Spanish and led by Diego Morlachetti, Certified Tea Master and Executive Director of the school in Argentina. The course is a great opportunity for Spanish-speaking people living in the United States and other countries who wish to take their passion for tea and its health benefits to a professional level.

The American Tea Masters Association is proud to announce its licensee in Argentina, Escuela Argentina de Té, will be offering its Certified Tea Sommelier Course at the Courtyard by Marriott Liberty Station in San Diego, California, January 19 – 22, 2012. The entire course will be conducted in Spanish and led by Diego Morlachetti, Certified Tea Master and Executive Director of the school in Argentina. The course is a great opportunity for Spanish-speaking people living in the United States and other countries who wish to take their passion for tea and its health benefits to a professional level.

There is growing demand today for Certified Tea Sommeliers as the profession expands. Respected hotels, high-end restaurants, traditional and modern tea rooms, and teashops create an important base for the work of the tea sommelier. The training provided by the Certified Tea Sommelier Course provides a thorough foundation for those interested in managing the tea service from selecting vendors to creating tea menus and rotating teas according to seasonal changes and guest preferences, from providing accurate background information on teas to steeping tea correctly, and much more.

The Certified Tea Sommelier Course is ideally suited for restaurant and tea court owners and managers, wine sommeliers, tea aficionados, industry suppliers, and others who wish to incorporate tea mastery skills into their daily lives or current profession.

The course starts with a 4-day intensive training at the Courtyard by Marriott Liberty Station in San Diego. It is followed by home study utilizing online tutorials facilitated by Morlechetti between February and September. Tuition for the entire course is $ 2,390. Early registration is available until November 15, 2011, at the reduced rate of $ 2,200. Seating is limited. To register for the course, contact Morlachetti at the Escuela Argentina de Té by email at info(at)escueladete(dot)org.

About the Escuela Argentina de Té - The school is headquartered in Rosario, Argentina. It is licensed and accredited by the American Tea Masters Association located in San Diego, California. The school was launched in June, 2010, by Diego Morlachetti and Liliana Venerucci, both trained as Certified Tea Masters by the association. The school is responsible for training and certifying registrants fluent in Spanish who reside in South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Spain. The objective of the school is to grant true knowledge and professional training on the subject of tea to Spanish-speaking consumers. Current courses of instruction include: Certified Tea Sommelier, Certified Tea Blender, and Certified Tea Master. Additional information is available on the school’s web site at http://www.escueladete.org.

About Diego Morlechetti – Diego Morlachetti, the first Certified Tea Master in South America, was born in Rosario, Argentina. At age 20, he initiated his studies on local plants and herbs. At 23, he traveled to India where he was introduced to an expanded world of herbs and, of course, tea. In 2006, he and his family launched Agni Teas (http://www.agni.com.ar), which is inspired in ayurvedic knowledge making infusions with tea. It was the first teashop in Rosario and quickly became one of the major teashops in the country. Today, Agni has two locations in the city and provides luxury teas to restaurants, hotels, and local consumers. The company offers 94 different kinds of tea: green, white, oolong, black, and herbal, including rooibos and honeybush. It is the first South American teashop to develop a "private collection" of superior quality, imperial grade rare teas for clients seeking a special experience.

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