Tea Blending

2 day course held in partnership with Blends for Friends, at their new facility near Sevenoaks, Kent.


Forthcoming dates:

2nd - 3rd March 2022
28th - 29th September 2022 

Tea Blending

A two day course for anyone interested in the finer details of creating tea blends.

This course is open to everyone - no prior experience is necessary.

9.30am - 5.30pm each day

This 2 day course will be held in partnership with Blends for Friends, at their new facility near Sevenoaks, Kent. The tutor is Alex Probyn.

The price includes local transport from/to your accommodation site and/or station to/from the course venue, lunch, snacks and (of course) tea.

The course will be held at:
Blends For Friends Ltd.
The Tea Barn
Coney Shaw Farm
Kemsing Road
TN15 6NN
United Kingdom

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Meet and greet the team and participants.
Introductory activity; make and explain your own blend to drink.
Orientation; details of course syllabus.
Basic food hygiene
Tour of the working tea blending factory
Planning your premises for retail, for catering, for online, and for wholesale
started: tools and equipment
Blending black teas: English Breakfast - creating a 'classic'; CTC versus Orthodox
Blending white, green and oolong teas
Blending oils and flavours: artificial and natural; creating the perfect Earl Grey
Blending fruit and herbal infusions; flowers, seeds, fruits, roots and leaves
Blend percentages; dos and don'ts
Blending for how the drinker will drink it; different demographics, countries, water quality, adding milk
Sourcing the right ingredients; the law, methods of sourcing, ingredients checking and batch control
Creating the perfect blend portfolio; the right mix, blend costings, saving blend recipes; creating product specifications
Free blending time; creating selection of own recipes


“What an amazing course it was. I feel very fortunate to have had the experience and thanks to you for incorporating it into the Tea Academy."

"I loved every minute of the course and am simply buzzing from ideas and learnings. Alex is an absolute authority and it's such a wonderful environment and team for the course to be undertaken."

"Alex and his team are brilliant. A wonderful experience I'll recommend to my colleagues."

About The Tutor

In the late 90s Alex Probyn worked as a buyer and blender for Tetley, before setting up his own tea company - Blends For Friends - in 2006. Alex has visited over 150 tea and herb estates in all the major tea growing regions and has given masterclasses on tea in over 20 countries. Alex Probyn

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