Global Tea Initative

College’s Global Tea Initiative Brews International Support

Just three years old, the UC Davis Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science (GTI) is already gaining recognition as a major player in the world of tea.

Tapping the growing enthusiasm of researchers, tea culture devotees, growers, and industry leaders, GTI is taking the next step toward making UC Davis as much a powerhouse in tea research as it is in wine, beer, and coffee studies.

A newly formed GTI Tea Advisory Committee brings together industry leaders committed to developing the initiative.

Scholars Talk Tea at Expanded Symposium

March 07, 2018
For its third year, the UC Davis Global Tea Initiative Symposium was expanded to two days with tea scholars and researchers, purveyors and growers gathering to talk tea.

UC Davis Symposium Explores the Future of Tea

January 25, 2018
A UC Davis symposium will bring tea farmers, industry experts and scholars together Feb. 22-23 to focus on "The Future of Tea: Issues in Sustainability and Preservation."

For All the Tea in China, Is Coffee Taking Over?

April 02, 2017

With Starbucks opening thousands more stores and spreading latte lore across China, will the country’s centuries-old tea-drinking tradition evaporate?

That was a question mulled by UC Davis sociologist Xiaoling Shu as coffee sales began percolating in her native country, starting with the arrival of Starbucks, McCafe, KFC and other Western restaurant and café chains over the last three decades.

Colloquium Highlights Sensory Aspects of Tea

February 06, 2017
Fully experiencing tea involves not just five senses but six, says tea master Wingchi Ip: “The sixth sense is the mind.” A tea tasting led by the Hong Kong importer of Chinese teas kicked off the second annual colloquium of the UC Davis Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science.

International Experts to Speak on 'Sensory Aspects of Tea'

December 20, 2016
Tea tasters talk about using all fives senses in experiencing a cup of tea. The UC Davis Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science will take that concept to new levels on Jan. 19, 2017—bringing experts from an array of disciplines to campus to talk about "The Sensory Aspects of Tea."

Tea Expert Talks about Environment-Taste Connection

November 07, 2016
Terroir, that “sense of place” so important to making great wines, matters in tea too. Kevin Gascoyne, a tea taster and co-author of the book Tea: "History, Terroir, Varieties," gave an overview Nov. 4, 2016, on how soil, topography, climate and other environmental factors influence the characteristics of nonherbal teas.

A Big Launch for the Global Tea Initiative at UC Davis

May 23, 2016
The colloquium launching the UC Davis Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science featured scholars from around the world talking about the chemicals and compounds in tea, types of tea, the Japanese tea ceremony and a kind of ceramic that for 500 years has been considered the best for making tea.

International Colloquium Launches Global Tea Initiative

May 15, 2016
UC Davis will launch its Global Tea Culture and Science Initiative with a symposium bringing together the cultural and scientific aspects of the world’s most popular prepared beverage.