Quality Evaluation Program

Coffee quality evaluation education is a benefit at every point in the value chain. As we begin to speak the same language, fine and specialty coffee becomes recognized and producers are ultimately rewarded for their higher quality through better access to markets.

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Discovering Aroma

Discovering Taste

Introduction to Fine and Specialty Coffee

 

Introduction to CQI Cupping (100)

This class teaches all new coffee people how to set up a cupping and evaluate coffee consistent with the CQI's best practices and protocols for Q Graders.  

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.

 

Q Cupping Essentials Course - Arabica or Robusta (200)

In this course, learners will gain a thorough understanding of how to accurately and comprehensively cup coffee samples for the purpose of scoring, identifying, and differentiating quality coffees

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.

 

Q Arabica Combo Course (300)

Q Arabica was the first component of the Q system, launched by CQI over 15 years ago. The concept was simple: train everyone in the supply chain to speak a common language of quality. In this way, aiming to elevate quality coffee worldwide and ultimately rewarding producers for higher quality while opening market opportunities.

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 19 exams over 9 Modules to test the learners’ job-relevant skills including Cupping Protocols, Olfactory Senses, Gustatory Sensory Skills, Green and Roasted Grading, Organic Acid Identification, Triangulation Skills, Roasted Sample Identification, Coffee Processing Evaluation, and General Coffee Value Chain Knowledge. Participants who pass all exams earn a Q Arabica Grader certificate.

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.

 

Q Robusta Combo Course (300)

This course was developed in cooperation with the Ugandan Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) and launched by CQI globally to improve the quality of Robusta, including training of coffee professionals in the standards for Fine Robusta. This course combines training and testing to reinforce learners’ understanding of the Q Robusta Grading process while measuring their ability to evaluate Robusta coffee according to the established CQI Fine Robusta standards and cupping form.

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 19 exams over 9 Modules to test the learners’ job-relevant skills including Cupping Protocols, Olfactory Senses, Gustatory Sensory Skills, Green and Roasted Grading, Organic Acid Identification, Triangulation Skills, Roasted Sample Identification, Coffee Processing Evaluation, and General Coffee Value Chain Knowledge. 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.

 

Q Arabica or Robusta Calibration Courses - Arabica or Robusta (300)

Q Graders must calibrate their skills every three years. However, many chose to do so every other year. Calibration verifies their abilities to accurately evaluate coffee quality based upon the globally accepted standards for Fine Robusta and/or Specialty Arabica. Calibration validates a Grader’s commitment to quality.

 Description: The calibration consists of three cupping flights with distinct attributes. All Q Graders must demonstrate calibration by passing at least two of the three flights. Upon passing, the Q Grader certificate will remain valid for an additional 36 months, starting from the first day of the calibration course.

 Who is it for? Any Q grader wishing to renew their Q certificate and remain an active Q grader.

 

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