A tea school like no other!

Jason, Timmy, Kyle, & Virginia

invite you to

  • Experience delicious teas grown sustainably in Mississippi!

while you

  • Discover how these teas are made

Who should take these courses?

  • professionals who want to deepen their knowledge of tea from farm to table;
  • and all tea enthusiasts & tea-curious, who want to gain real insight into what makes US tea such an amazing beverage.

The Current Courses

Sip some Black Magnolia


Mississippi Sunshine

(or both!)

while you discover

how these teas are made,

and how to enjoy them to the max!

Sip the tea —we'll send them to you!—while learning about their flavors and how you experience them.

In these course we'll introduce you to the pleasures of Black Magnolia tea— a Mississippi-grown black tea— and Mississippi Sunshine, that fascinatingly delicious rarity that's called yellow tea.

Here are your guides for the


Timmy Gipson and Jason McDonald

Timmy Gipson & Jason McDonald

At their pioneering farm, The Great Mississippi Tea Company in Brookhaven, Mississippi, Jason & Timmy develop science-based approaches to growing and processing Camellia sinensis that yield award-winning teas.

Jason & Timmy can't wait to show you how they do it!

Kyle Stewart
Kyle Stewart

At The Cultured Cup in Dallas Texas, Kyle offers not only delicious teas, but also first-class tea education in the shop's dedicated Tasting Room—these offerings have earned The Cultured Cup the title of "Best Retail Tea Shop" by World Tea Expo 2019.

You won't want to miss learning from Kyle's tea preparation and tasting expertise!

Virginia U. Lovelace
Virginia Utermohlen Lovelace MD

Physician-scientist, former faculty member of the Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, and author of Tea: a Nerd's Eye View (available on Amazon), Virginia brings her expertise and award-winning teaching skills to each of these courses.

Virginia is eager to guide you through the science of tea so that you will enjoy your teas to the max!

Here's where these courses will take you—


A word about COVID-19...

...and how it affects tea growing.