Coffee tasters contribute to an organization’s buying program, establish quality control protocols, and define and protect a coffee program — building its reputation and maintaining its integrity. The Coffee Taster Pathway is designed to develop both your palate and your coffee career, preparing you for work in evaluation and analysis with the confidence to participate in high-stakes decision making. Always in high demand, sensory experts are pushing the front lines of specialty coffee into new territory, borrowing from outside disciplines to incorporate innovative lab techniques and data tracking, while working to achieve new heights in quality.
From acids to extraction, the SCAA flavor wheel to triangulations, Coffee Taster Pathway Level 1 presents the tools required to dissect coffees for flavor and evaluate them in a nuanced, careful manner, ensuring the best product makes its way to the consumer. Building a vocabulary of taste descriptors and adhering to cupping protocols, students will quickly build world-class sensory skills alongside knowledgeable certified instructors. Coffee Tasters who currently have or are pursuing a Q-Grader certification may be eligible to receive credit for a portion of the Level 1 curriculum.
Level 1 graduates will be prepared to contribute to quality control departments and programs, working alongside roasters and green coffee buyers to evaluate and critique performance.
Duration: 30 hours (Q Graders: fewer than 10 hours)