107: Q ARABICA COMBO TRAINING & EXAM COURSE
JUNE 4 – 9 2018 | 9am to 6pm
7 South High St, Baltimore, MD 21202
CQI’s Q Coffee System is an internationally recognized program for evaluating cup quality based on a standardized system for Arabica coffee using protocols developed by the SCAA.
A Q Arabica Grader is a highly trained and calibrated coffee taster who evaluates coffee using SCAA cupping standards and protocols. This course consists of two complementary concepts: the first is a 3-day theory of all activities, which is followed up by a 3-day series of exams regarding the material presented.
There are a total of 22 different exams taken during the course. The purpose of the exams is to evaluate the cuppers in their overall cupping skills. The course includes various activities to test the cuppers’ skills in evaluating a coffee in a traditional cupping format, olfactory senses, green coffee grading, acid identification, basic cupping skill evaluations, sensory skills tests, and roasted coffee tests.
Upon completion of the course, and with passing grades, the students will receive Q Grader status. The Q Arabica Grader Training and Exams six-day course is rigorous and consequently some students find it difficult to pass all exam portions the first time through. The final day will allow participants to retake certain tests as needed in hopes of completing the certification.
Trish Rothgeb, of Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters will lead the course. With 30+ years in the specialty coffee business, and a decade as a Q Arabica Grader, Trish brings theory and practical application together for a challenging and rewarding week. (lunches provided)