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Sylvana
Sylvana P. Levesque
Bridgette
Brigitte Horrenberger
Wolfgang
Wolfgang Boehmer
Susan
Susan Peters
Sandy
Sandy Li

Christine TN WongDr. Christine TN Wong


Michael Longo
Rob Nunally
Rob Nunally

Ajit MadanAjit Madan

Yulius
Yulius. R, Wu

                                                                                     TESTIMONIALS

Sylvana Levesque was one of my wonderful teachers, leaders, mentors at ITEI. Where she leads I suggest all follow...Simply the best of the best! Lisa- Marie

- Beautiful documents! The quality of the materials ITEI is putting out are absolutely top-notch! I have it printed and in my manual right now. Thank you for continuing to send these our way! Janet

- Good morning Sylvana,

The past few days, upon rising, I have been preparing myself a bowl of matcha. Pondering the principles of Chanoyu, purifying the utensils, my mind, and spirit. Sitting down to meditate afterwards. Everything feels very good and I am grateful for your training. Your work continues to touch and influence my life. Thank you. Drake

- Hello ITEI tea educators!
You are wonderful teachers and team. I'm forever grateful and I’m glad for the opportunity of having ITEI Founder, Sylvana. P. Levesque be my mentor in a few sessions to lead us in the art of tea. Kind regards, Elisa


- I really felt fortunate to have you as my trainer as you shared so much of your energy, knowledge, and love of tea with us. Until I started training with you, I had only a minimal knowledge of tea. The fine world teas samples provided by ITEI for the training were great to expand my awareness of what is available, but it was your training that really made me want to continue to learn more and keep digging. You are an inspiration! Elysa

- Way to go International Tea Education Institute! Keep sharing that enthusiasm and knowledge so people like myself can continue to be inspired to expand our world! Please do keep in touch and I look forward to learning more from you in the future! Best Wishes! Kylie

- I learned so much with your school. I miss our group; the online meetings were nothing less than a joy. Sheryl

- I’m fascinated by the level of dedication and devotion you and the other trainers from ITEI have demonstrated during my training. I now know that tea is a gift from God and your school is the key to that gift. Joshua

- Thank you for sharing your trainers tea passion and expertise with me during my training. When you asked me why i enrolled in your courses although i had certificates from other schools, the answer is I came for True Tea Knowledge.
Thank you for teaching me, Joey

- Learning with your expert team of international tea educators from around the world made me realize i paid very little to have 100 years of tea expertise bundled with all of you. Narita 

- Hope your classes in Germany are going well. Wish I was there too. Hope your students know how lucky they are. Bonnie

- It is so fantastic to meet people who are so devoted to tea and who see it also from philosophical point of view. There is no surprise people say that tea is liquid wisdom. It is much more than a thirst quenching beverage. I am very excited with ITEI professional courses. Thank you for sharing the magic of tea with me! Juliana
Sylvana

Sylvana P. Levesque

Founder of International Tea Education Institute
International Certified Mastery in the Art of Tea
Japanese Tea expert- CEO KEIKO TEA North America
World Teas Sourcing expertise
Tea Import/Export & Distribution Expert
International Business Development expert
Keynote Speaker for tea Lectures and conferences
Tea educator and trainings Director
Tea Menus Consultant for the hospitality industry

In Sylvana's world, the words written on her heart read, "The journey of a hundred cups ... begins with a single sip." For 25 years, Sylvana has dedicated her life to tea, the beautiful and flavorful drink steeped in ancient and recent history. Even as a teenager, she knew that tea was not just any common beverage, so she would often spend her days drinking and studying the nuances of Russian and Armenian teas. It was in Europe where she discovered KEIKO tea, the finest of Japanese teas, and decided to pursue her dream of mastering the art of tea. Today, Sylvana, a multilingual ITEI Certified in Mastery of the Art of Tea, believes dedication to tea is of utmost importance passion is not enough.

Mastering the art of tea is a lifelong learning process and it does not end with the trainings Sylvana offers. It is useful as it allows for decisive knowledge in handling tea, tea lists, and everything pertaining to the tea experience. The more she learns about tea the more she realiizes that tea shapes her lifestyle making every cup she drinks or shares an additional step towards enlightenment. She has recently launched the International Tea Education Institute where students will obtain various professional tea certifications corresponding to each student ambition and career in tea. Those aiming for Authentic and Genuine Tea Mastery, an educational journey that is difficult to attain, but after hard work and dedication, they will understand the endless horizons of such aim and how we guide you through this lifelong journey. At her new school, Sylvana offers an extraordinary opportunity. The classes will be held across Canada, USA, Latin America, Europe, Dubai, India, Asia and South East Asia.

Her commitment to everything tea manifests in the numerous organizations in which she is involved, as well as her time spent working and travelling for the cause of tea, both domestically and internationally, and particularly in Europe. During her 10 years in France, Sylvana worked as a business development consultant serving multi-national companies and governments. Traveling extensively to Japan has also played a vital role in her understanding of tea tastes, history, flavors, and serving styles. This is where she became a true expert on Japanese tea, built strong relationships with suppliers, and developed a unique connection to the Japanese culture. This was also the seed for her tea-focused business. With insight and expertise, she pioneered matcha, tea-based desserts and sweets to North America under her company, Top Taste International.

Sylvana successfully utilizes her law degree and her background in public relations to advance today's growing tea category. She consults with tea-loving entrepreneurs, assisting them in implementing ideas, building strategies, and inspiring and expanding their overall vision about the world of tea

Sylvana thinks "outside the tea box" and enthusiastically searches for ways to further incorporate tea into the world around us. Recently featured in the Chicago Shimpo magazine, it was noted that her presentation at the Japanese Green Tea Showcase, October 20th, 2011, was exceptional, and that she offered "comprehensive information about green tea". The article also mentioned her revolutionary concept for introducing tea lists into the menus of restaurants, much like wine lists. She hosts Tea Workshops in North America and lectures at tea symposiums around the world. Frequent comments like, "What a memorable experience!" are heard. With a sparkling personality and unmatched enthusiasm, Sylvana herself is much like the tea she sources: rare.

Bridgette

Brigitte Horrenberger

Founder of the Comptoir Français du thé ®
Master Tea Blender
CEO of import export tea company
World tea sourcing
Tea educator and speaker

It was during my apprenticeship with a German tea importer that I discovered the various facets of working in the tea industry, from provisioning at the source all the way to creating various tea blends and going through countless tea tastings.
In the early eighties, I decided to open a tea shop in Bordeaux.

A few years later, I founded a trading company specialized in sourcing and importing teas directly from various tea producing countries, created specific tea blends targeted to retail shops.

The merger of both my tea businesses, the retail tea shop and the trading company under one brand « Comptoir des thés Français », resulted in the company being acquired by the SALBA group in 2004.

Since 2010, I have been, as a freelance tea consultant, helping executives in their business development needs, trainings, education, innovations, creation of specific tea blends making sure they benefit from my expertise that covers both in-depth knowledge of tea products and the challenges of tea purchasing at source

This broad experience has made me realize the lack of structure in tea knowledge transfer within the tea industry and, in parallel , the strong demand from consumers, future tea vendors and hospitality industry professionals for real tea knowledge and expertise.
It is a with great commitment that I will be dedicating myself to tea education, particularly in the United States and Canada.

Wolfgang

Wolfgang Boehmer

ITEI Certified Tea Blender
Diploma Ing. Chemist (Germany)
Flavor Chemist
Certfied Business Administrator
Flavor Educator
Speaker for Tea and Coffee Conferences

Wolfgang Boehmer began his career in his native Germany, graduating from the University of Essen with a degree in Chemical Engineering. In 1979 he joined the flavor house in Northern Germany working with flavours as well as Essential Oils. Soon thereafter he developed his passion for tea and coffee flavourings. Through his work he quickly became involved with the United States Market, so when the German house opened their U.S. production division he took his family to Cincinnati, OH to become their general manager. In that position he was responsible for the company’s success in the U.S. market, due in large part to his focusing attention on the growing tea flavor market.
Mr. Boehmer has over 33 years of experience in the industry, successfully merging his expertise as a as a flavourist with his knowledge as a business manager. His keen ability to understand and interface with his customer base has enhanced his knowledge and understanding of the industry in his progression from junior flavourist to senior flavourist, from production to plant manager and EVP &COO. Wolfgang always focuses on knowing his customers, their needs, and the forces shaping the marketplace in general. His knowledge and focus has also translated into a role as an educator within the industry, as he has given presentations and seminars in such contexts as SCAA Conventions, Tea Seminars or World Tea Expos.

Mr. Boehmer was the first ITEI Certified Tea Blender to graduate with Honors in both North America and Europe in 2013. He is a faculty member of Canadian Tea Masters, European Tea Masters and International Tea Education Institute.
Mr. Boehmer joined Flavor Dynamics Inc. in March 2007 to help expand the company’s exploration of the tea flavouring market. Since joining the company he has created a wide variety of successful flavouring systems for many kinds of tea, both herbal and traditional.

Susan

Susan Peters

Tea Historian
Historical Research Consultant; Archivist; writer
ITEI  Certified Tea Master
ITEI Blue Leaf Award in Teas
TAC Tea Sommelier
Tea Educator - Tea history
Member of the Culinary Historians of Canada; Jane Austen Society
Expertise in Culinary History including the cultural history of tea
Steeped in History International Tea Education Institute becomes the first in Tea Industry to employ a Historian.

International Tea Education Institute announces the addition of a faculty member in the role of “Tea Historian”. Susan Peters brings to the association nearly three decades of experience in professional ethno historical research. With an academic background in both history and cultural anthropology, and further studies in museum collections and culinary history; she provides a unique perspective in the study of the past, within the context of material culture. Spanning almost 30 years, Susan has been conducting historical research for a variety of clients: various local museums; Aboriginal cultural groups; The Union of Ontario Indians; The Assembly of First Nations; Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada; and the National Museums of Canada. She has also been a long term member of the Culinary Historians Associations of Ontario and Canada.

As a child living in France and Germany, (as well as in various provinces of Canada), Susan developed a real sense of the richness of local culture. One also develops a sense of the importance of culinary traditions, both now and in the past. While later living in the American South, she also learned to appreciate just how culinary history is embedded in the culture of the South. One cannot help but develop a real sense of history and place with this exposure. Culinary history is embedded in our oral traditions, not just as a means of survival, but as the focus of our family traditions. Within this context, Susan has been developing an understanding in the cultural traditions associated with tea. Tea is steeped in history. As a commodity, tea was traded and stolen and bootlegged throughout history. Pirates commandeered shipments of it. People were enslaved over the tea trade. Wars were fought over it. Dowry’s consisted of tea, as it was very valuable. At times, tea was sexy or forbidden. Because it was valuable, acts of industrial espionage were freely carried out in order to garner control of the tea trade. It is not simply the warm beverage we drink with toast. When you sip a cup of tea, you drink in all its history, all its blood and guts and glory. You pay homage to all the brave pioneers in the past who risked life and limb so we could take this mighty beverage for granted. Susan does not take this beverage for granted. She brings to he Canadian Tea Masters Association a passion for sharing her love of the place tea has in our history. It was not always a happy story, but we must respect those who had a part in our embracing tea today. It is a commonplace element in our everyday lives, but that was not always so. By learning their part in the story, we pay homage to those who worked so hard to bring it to us. As a Tea Historian and Certified ITEI Tea Sommelier and Mastery in the Art of Tea, she has a real respect for these pioneers, warts and all.

Sandy
Sandy Li
Chinese Tea Taster
20 years of experience
Tea Educator
Professional photographer
Michael Longo
Michael Longo
Tea Grower and Tea Manufacturer
Co Founder of Onomea Tea Company
Hilo, Hawaii
New World Teas expertise

Rob Nunally

Rob Nunally
Tea Grower and Tea Manufacturer
Co Founder of Onomea Tea Company
Hilo, Hawaii
New World Teas expertise

Dr. Christine TN Wong
Dr. Christine TN Wong
ITEI Certified Tea Master
Dr. Christine TN Wong is an independent scholar and education consultant. She received her Doctor of Education from Simon Fraser University in Canada. Christine’s major research interests include Chinese philosophies, human agency, transformative learning and lifelong education. Christine enjoys teaching Chinese cultural courses and offers various types of classes with tailor-made curriculum. Christine started to love tea when she was young. Tea, for Christine, is much more than a drink. It is a culture. A small cup of tea has countless meanings and reflections. The more you know tea in a cultural perspective, the deeper you may discover about tea, yourself and others. Let’s drink not merely to your physical health, and to your philosophical and spiritual exploration!

Ajit Madan

Ajit Madan
UK First ITEI Master Tea Sommelier
Ajit Madan graduated in Medical Microbiology with a BSC honours degree and completed a Masters in Economics, worked in investment banking for 13 years culminating in as Head of European Leveraged Capital Markets at Societe Generale, and Founded Camellia’s Tea House, a speciality tea company in London, UK, with his sister Lubna Madan in 2007. Offering over 150 different premium tea types including hand blended herbal infusions designed for specific health ailments and general wellness, Camellia’s Tea House supplies many of the best hotels, restaurant and spas around the world.


Yulius.R, Wu
ITEI Certified Tea Master from Shanghai

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