Post-Harvest Processing Program


Classes coming soon!

Introduction to Post-harvest Processing

Good Processing Practices

Good Practices in the Field

Survey of Supply Chains

Wet Mill Finance

Introduction to Fermentation

Introduction to Fermentation in the Field


Introduction to Post-Harvest Processing (100 level Class)

Our newest offering, Intro to Post-Harvest Processing is accessible to all through live online instruction directly from CQI.

Description: Intro to Post-Harvest Processing is a 5-hour online class geared towards coffee people who want to better understand the basic processing methods. The class covers a brief history of coffee processing, coffee harvesting methods, pre-cleaning measures, and the standard post-harvest processing methods: natural, honey, mechanically demucilaged, fully washed, and wet hulled. Non-Certificate.

 Who is it for? Coffee people who are interested in learning the basics of processing.


Processing Essentials (100 level Class)

Processing Essentials is an exclusive CQI offering designed for corporate or group training. It is a completely online, custom, non-certificate class that provides information on coffee processing via an online platform.

Description: The class provides an introduction to the main coffee processing methods and the common language of coffee processors. It is friendly to any level of employee, from staff who answers phones to client-facing account representatives, and gives them the tools they need to better communicate and effectively interact with the industry. If you are interested in engaging with CQI to bring this class to your company, organization or group, please email Emma Sage at

Who is it for? Groups, companies, or organizations interested in hosting an exclusive CQI class all about processing.


Q Processing Level 1 – Generalist (200 level course)

This course aims to empower the consuming side of the coffee value chain to understand the language, basic biological principles, and the intricacies and challenges of consistently processing quality coffee.

 Description: QP1 is a short processing course that can be given in consuming countries or all over the world. The training part of the course involves lectures, group activities, and cuppings. To be certified, attendees must pass a multiple-choice exam at the end of the course. This course can be offered in-person or delivered as an online/hybrid course.

 Who is it for? Any coffee professional (namely roasters, retailers, baristas) who are willing to learn about the main processing methods and how they impact coffee flavor and chemistry.


Q Processing Level 2 – Professional (300 level course)

The CQI Q Processing Professional certificate will foster a new type of respected career path in the coffee value chain, providing valued and needed capacity building within our coffee producing communities.

Description: Q Processing Professional is a six-day field-based course where learners deepen their theoretical knowledge of the main processing methods, learn best practices, and gain hands-on experience with a quality control system for post-harvest processing. With this content, students will begin to develop the skillsets necessary to achieve different flavor profiles through processing. The course takes place in a producing country during the harvest season, and involves lectures, team activities, applied lessons, and cuppings. It is a hands-on and collaborative learning experience fit for the practical needs of the producing side of industry. To be certified, attendees must pass both theoretical and practical tests.

Prerequisites: QP1 is perquisite for all students who do not work on coffee processing at a farm annually.

Who is it for? Individuals working regularly with post-harvest processing.


 Q Processing Level 3 – Expert (400 level course)

The goal of the Expert Level of Q Processing is to foster industry leaders who will help define processing and lift those around them. Our QP3 students will learn state-of-the-art coffee processing, and are expected to contribute to it.

Description: This course takes about a year to complete and involves three parts. The first is the Remote Semester, where students learn the necessary background and read the most recent scientific literature on relevant processing topics. Next, students attend an in-person Field Intensive, where they learn experimental methods, innovative processing techniques, discuss selected processing topics in depth, and learn from guest experts in the field. Finally, students complete a Capstone Project, which changes annually and focuses on contributing the industry knowledge of processing.

Prerequisites: QP3 is an invitation-only course, open only to QP2 certificate holders. To express interest in joining the next QP3 cohort, please email

Who is it for? Experienced and active coffee processing professionals who wish to add academic and practical rigor to their skillset while leading the industry forward.

Register for post-harvest processing education.