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A Cup of Tea for a Living

Northeast Today 2019-05-15 14:48:53

One cannot deny the fact that among all the beverages, tea is an everlasting one. Most of us start the day with a cup of tea, the most popular drink in our country. Being a tea lover, who would not love to choose tea taster as a career? In the contemporary world ‘Tea Taster’ is one of the most gifted careers. Kristi Borah throws light on this eccentric career option.

Who is a Tea Taster?


The process through which a trained taster detects the quality of a particular tea is called tea tasting and this specialized profession in the tea industry is called Tea Taster.  A tea taster also needs to find out the dissimilarities between the teas and give expert advice on the various ways in which tea can be brewed to get a specific taste.

How to become a Tea Taster?

One does not need a formal degree to become a tea taster. However, there are certain diploma courses that help one in understanding tea, the techniques of tea-testing and give scientific knowledge. These certificate courses range from 3-month certificate course to 1-year diploma.


In order to become a tea taster, one needs to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Botany, Food Sciences, Horticulture or allied fields.

Places to Study:

  • Department of Tea Husbandry and Technology, Assam Agricultural University
  • Dipras Institute of Professional Studies, Kolkata
  • Darjeeling Tea Research and Management Association, Darjeeling
  • University of North Bengal, Darjeeling
  • Birla Institute of Management and Futuristic Studies (BIMFS), Kolkata
  • Indian Institute of Plantation Management, Bangalore


 Tea Taster Career Prospects:

Most of the tea companies hire tea tasters to guarantee quality standards as well as to prepare blends. Undoubtedly tea tasting is a good and interesting career in terms of plantation and tea trading on an international capacity. Manufacturing companies, brokers as well as buyers recruit the tea tasters.

Pay Package:

Although there are certain drawbacks; it seems that many youngsters are choosing tea testing as a profession because of the good pay package that comes with lucrative perks such as a comfortable lifestyle including bungalow and other gadgets.

It is worth mentioning that for the aspirants of tea testing, while one undergoes the training gets an average of Rs.5,000 per month. The senior professionals get Rs.25,000 per month and specialized professionals can earn  Rs.40,000 to Rs.50,000 every month which again varies from region to region .

What the Expert Says:

While interacting with Northeast Today a renowned Tea Taster from Assam, who seeks anonymity due to contractual reasons, says that the job profile of a tea taster is to test the teas and categories the quality of tea as good, medium and poor. Only after that the buyers or the sellers would know what would be the cost of the tea.

“Tea tasters are hired by the tea companies in their marketing department so that they would know about the quality. A tester is also hired by the buyers so that they quote an appropriate price for the teas they are buying” he said.

Speaking about the merits and demerits, he said that if a person does well, he/she can easily rise up in their career with a good package. However, the scope for getting a job is less as a lot of the companies/ buyers have their tasters and also they are good enough to taste the teas without hiring a taster.