Description: This hands-on class begins with fundamental learning activities for the three key elements of flavor (taste, aroma, and mouthfeel). The class builds by introducing the standard sensory analysis tools of aroma and flavor references and uses them the context of coffee quality evaluation. The class concludes by conducting quality testing of coffee and simulating an individual calibration with flavor standards.
Who is it for: People interested in an entry level class that builds the foundation for the sensory analysis of food and beverage.Register for course
Description: The attendee will learn through practice how to recognize CQI Flavor Standards. The class will provide a basic understanding of how the senses of taste and smell work. The class will discuss different methods to make sensory memories. The learners will then be introduced to the flavor standards and practice recalling them in groups. Finally, a practice test will be given, comprised of a randomly selected 6 flavors.
Who is it for: People who want to get acquainted with flavor standards and the way we use them to train for coffee evaluation.Register for course
Description: In this 2-day class, attendees will learn the fundamental mechanics of olfaction (fragrance & aroma), gustation (flavor & aftertaste), texture (body & mouthfeel) and aroma memory recall. They will apply these mechanics while learning how to compare and describe coffee attributes found in both Arabica and Robusta species of coffee.. Attendees will be taught how to determine proper dosing for cupping bowls and set up a table. They will cup multiple flights of coffee and calibration their evaluations. Attendees will begin to learn the common language of coffee quality and explore ways to continue their professional cupping and coffee education.
Who is it for: New coffee people, novice cuppers, or even coffee enthusiasts looking to better understand coffee flavor and how quality is professionally evaluated.Register for course
Description: In QCE, novice cuppers will expand the depth of their knowledge of the cupping form. The course goes into detail on each section exploring the how and why of the cupping form. Each box on the cupping form will be explored theoretically and experienced practically via multiple methodologies using coffee as well as other sensory tools. Cuppers earning their Q Cupping Essential certificate will be able to cup consistent with the CQI protocols and procedures and demonstrate a working understanding of the cupping form.
Who is it for? QCE is a great course for someone looking to advance their understanding of cupping, a vital skill in the coffee industry. It is ideal for people who need to build the skills necessary to become professional cuppers. This includes Q Grader candidates, quality control staff and coffee product developers, prospective coffee buyers and roasters working with coffee producing partners in the value chain.Register for course
Description: Flavor and quality context is a trained, practiced, and continually evaluated skill. This class works to build this context using sensory reference standards and sensory evaluation techniques. Participants will develop skills to define what quality means in their company and recognize acceptable and unacceptable flavors. They will be introduced to the main sensory testing techniques utilized by food and sensory professionals in academic and industry settings. In this interactive class, learning is facilitated through practice and professional feedback, and builds on basic sensory understanding to establish working knowledge of systematic quality control practices using the most up-to-date tools of the trade.
Who is it for? Coffee people working in procurement, green coffee buying and quality assurance, product development and inventory management. Anyone who need to understand how to apply professional quality control testing to coffee.Register for course
Description: This course consists of two corresponding parts over six days. In the first part, over 3 days, learners review assumed knowledge and theoretical principles, including practice of all activities. The second part is a 3-day series of exams regarding the material presented. The course includes 20 exams over 9 Modules to test the learners’ job-relevant skills including cupping protocols, olfactory and gustatory senses, green coffee defect identification, roast sample level identification and matching pairs of coffee acids. Testing also includes recognizing and recalling CQI Flavor Standards in aqueous solutions.
Who is it for? Practicing coffee tasters and quality assurance/control professionals looking to gain familiarity with international standards and be recognized with a professional certificate.Register for course
Description: This course consists of two corresponding parts over six days. In the first part, over 3 days, learners review assumed knowledge and theoretical principles, including practice of all activities. The second part is a 3-day series of exams regarding the material presented. The course includes 20 exams over 9 Modules to test the learners’ job-relevant skills including cupping protocols, olfactory and gustatory senses, green and roasted grading, organic acid identification, triangulation skills, roast sample level identification, coffee processing evaluation, and general coffee value chain knowledge. Testing also includes recognizing and recalling CQI Flavor Standards in aqueous solutions. Those successfully completing this course will be able to objectively evaluate Robusta coffees based on cup quality and origin and provide feedback on cup nuances, defects and flavors. Participants who pass all exams earn a Q Robusta Grader certificate.
Who is it for? Practicing Robusta tasters and quality assurance/control professionals looking to gain familiarity with international standards and be recognized with a professional certificate.Register for course
Description: The calibration consists of flavor calibrations and three cupping flights with distinct attributes. All Q Graders must participate in flavor calibration exercises that are not graded, and demonstrate cupping calibration by passing at least two of the three flights. Upon passing the certificate will be valid for 36 months.
Who is it for? Any Q grader wishing to renew their Q certificate and remain an active Q grader.Register for course
Description: The Recertification Course typically lasts 2 days or can be combined with a Q Combo course, in which case it would become 3 days. It consists of the following exams from the Q Grader Course:
A Q Recertification candidate may take these exams within the context of a full Q Arabica/Q Robusta course. The Instructor must consult with the Recertification candidate regarding the schedule of events for the exam week and arrange for proper tracking through the database.
Who is it for? Any Q grader wishing to renew their Q certificate and remain an active Q grader.