Tea Taster

Tea Sampler

Minimum Certificate course or 1 year Diploma in Tea Tasting

Not required

The tasks a Tea Taster is expected to perform include:

Tasting the sample of brewed tea to determine quality and grade

Suggesting the proportions of different grade to be blended according to market requirement

Cooking or brewing small quantities of cured tea leaves

Checking the moisture contents of the various samples by using moisture meter

Infusing different samples of tea in cups in tea tasting room

Examining and tasting different infusion for colour, density, aroma and flavour

Determining the grading to be given to the various tea samples and determining their approximate market value

Writing blending formulas for guidance of workers who prepare products in commercial quantities

Keeping record of different grades of tea

Visiting the factory to ensure correct processing

Skilled in understanding the consumer taste and preferences

Proficient in blending formulas for the guidance of Tea Workers

Knowledge of preparation, processing and history of tea

Knowledge of the tea market along with the emerging market trends and forces of this sector

Efficient and very sharp tasting and smelling senses

Knowledge about the topography and geographical location of the tea estates

Not applicable

Detail oriented

Safety oriented



Attention to detail


It is not a desk job

The candidate will supervise a team of Tea Workers

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Companies usually work for 6/7 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

This job is not listed as hazardous or dangerous as per The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

For freshers - INR 20, 000 to INR 25, 000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Food Industry in India

The Indian Brand Equity Foundation in their report on the Food industry of India have referred this industry as the highest profit incurring sector considering the scope it has to offer for value addition. In particular the food processing industry getting in India has been recognized as a high-priority area. This is because the food processing industry is one of the largest industries in India and is ranked fifth in terms of production, consumption, export and expected growth.

The latest figures have revealed that the total food production in India is likely to double in the next 10 years as the country?s domestic food market is estimated to reach US$ 258 billion by 2015.

Considering all world data the Indian food and grocery market is the world?s sixth largest with its retail contributing 70 per cent of the sales. It is projected to grow at the rate of 104 per cent, touching US$ 482 billion by 2020. This indicates vast scope for both investors and exporters.

India is one of the world's leading producers of tea. India has a significant share in the international tea market with a 12 per cent share of world tea exports in 2013-14. India is also one of the world's largest consumers of tea. The tea industry is also India's second-largest employer with over 3.5 million workers employed in over 1,500 tea-growing estates.

With all these figures in considerations it is safe to say that the demand for a Tea Taster is there in the present and will surely increase in the coming years.

Tea board of India

Tea associations

Tea estates

Tea processing companies

Cities and towns across India