Updates to current SCAA certificate holders

Recently the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) merged together to become the new Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), a few things related to your current SCAA certifications you may take note.

Graduates or certificate holders of the SCAA Barista Pathway Level 1 will be equivalent to having completed and certified in 4 Foundation Courses (or Level A) in the subject areas of Barista, Brewing, Sensory, and Green Coffee under the new unified SCA education system. Under this new system (to be available beginning July 2017), you can advance directly to:

– SCA Barista Intermediate (or Level B)
– SCA Brewing Intermediate (or Level B)
– SCA Sensory Intermediate (or Level B)
– SCA Green Coffee Intermediate (or Level B)
More details or FAQs on the updates of this new unified system can be found at the following official sites:
Pathway Certificates will be honored in the unified SCA education program. See this chart for further information on your next educational steps. View Next Steps Chart
All SCAA Level 1 certificates holders are awarded the following certificates in the new program by virtue of the SCAA Foundations of Coffee Classes which were class requirements for all SCAA certificates: Brewing Foundation, Sensory Foundation and Green Coffee Foundation.
Once again in specialty coffee education we encourage you to never stop learning!

CQI Q Grader Combo Training & Exam Nov 7-12, 2016 Guangzhou, China

At the backbone of the Q Grading System are Licensed Q Graders, professional cuppers accredited by the Coffee Quality Institute. These Q Graders must pass a rigorous three-day exam to earn their certification, comprising 20 sections on coffee related subjects, such as green grading, roast identification, acids in coffee, coffee cupping, sensory skills and sensory triangulation. There are currently over 4,000 Licensed Q Graders worldwide.

Those who pass the Q Grader Certification Course are authorized to use the Q logo and the nomenclature “Licensed Q Grader” as a professional accreditation.

Our next upcoming Q Grader Combo Training and Exam led by Mr. Mane Alves, who has been in the industry for 20+ years, and also teacher of the many experienced Q graders and instructors, is scheduled from November 7-12, 2016 at our SCAA certified lab – CREMA COFFEE Lab in Guangzhou, China.

To learn more about Coffee Quality Institute, click HERE

More about our upcoming courses … click HERE

CQI Q Arabica Grader Calibration 10 July 2016 Guangzhou, China

This Q Arabica Grader calibration is designed for Licensed Q Arabica Graders who wish to maintain their active status every 3 years. The calibration consists of 3 cuppings, students will need to pass 2 out of 3 cuppings to have their license renewed for another 3 years as an active Licensed Q Arabica Grader.

This calibration will be held at our SCAA certified lab — CREMA COFFEE Lab, Guangzhou, China on 10th July 2016.

To learn more about Coffee Quality Institute, click HERE

More about our upcoming courses … click HERE

To enroll please email info@coffeelabasia.com.

CQI Q Grader Combo Training & Exam July 11-16, 2016 Guangzhou, China

At the backbone of the Q Grading System are Licensed Q Graders, professional cuppers accredited by the Coffee Quality Institute. These Q Graders must pass a rigorous three-day exam to earn their certification, comprising 20 sections on coffee related subjects, such as green grading, roast identification, acids in coffee, coffee cupping, sensory skills and sensory triangulation. There are currently over 4,000 Licensed Q Graders worldwide.

Those who pass the Q Grader Certification Course are authorized to use the Q logo and the nomenclature “Licensed Q Grader” as a professional accreditation.

Our next upcoming Q Grader Combo Training and Exam led by Mr. Mane Alves, who has been in the industry for 20+ years, and also teacher of the many experienced Q graders and instructors, is scheduled from July 11-16, 2016 at our SCAA certified lab – CREMA COFFEE Lab in Guangzhou, China.

To learn more about Coffee Quality Institute, click HERE

More about our upcoming courses … click HERE

Annual Origin Trip + CQI Q Grader Combo Training & Exam Dec 13-18, 2015 Guangzhou, China

*** Last call  *** Join this trip with our instructor Mane Alves!

Interested parties please email info@coffeelabasia.com . Deadline: 6th Nov 2015.

This year we will organize our very first origin trip just prior to the course from Dec 8-12, 2015, with visits to 2 plantations in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We will pick coffee, understand their processing; and taste some of the very original local coffee at the farms. ** Priorities will be given to Q students after the trip as seats are very limited **

Following the origin trip we will head back to our lab in Guangzhou. This will be our Q Grader Combo Training and Exam led by Mr. Mane Alves, who has been in the industry for 20+ years. Mr. Mane Alves is also teacher of the many experienced Q graders and instructors. This course is scheduled from Dec 13-18, 2015 at our CREMA COFFEE Lab in Guangzhou, China.

CQI Q Grader Combo Training & Exam Apr 22-27, 2015 Guangzhou, China

At the backbone of the Q Grading System are Licensed Q Graders, professional cuppers accredited by the Coffee Quality Institute. These Q Graders must pass a rigorous three-day exam to earn their certification, comprising of 20 sections on coffee related subjects, such as green grading, roast identification, coffee cupping, sensory skills and sensory triangulation. There are currently over 4,000 Licensed Q Graders worldwide.

Those who pass the Q Grader Certification Course are authorized to use the Q logo and the nomenclature “Licensed Q Grader” as a professional accreditation.

Our next upcoming Q Grader Combo Training and Exam led by Mr. Mane Alves, who has been in the industry for 20+ years, and also teacher of the many experienced Q graders and instructors, is scheduled from Apr 22-27, 2015 at our CREMA COFFEE Lab in Guangzhou, China.

More about our upcoming courses … click HERE

CQI Q Grader Combo Training & Exam Sep 16-21, 2014 Guangzhou, China

At the backbone of the Q Grading System are Licensed Q Graders, professional cuppers accredited by the Coffee Quality Institute. These Q Graders must pass a rigorous three-day exam to earn their certification, comprising of 20 sections on coffee related subjects, such as green grading, roast identification, coffee cupping, sensory skills and sensory triangulation. There are currently over 1,000 Licensed Q Graders worldwide.

Those who pass the Q Grader Certification Course are authorized to use the Q logo and the nomenclature “Licensed Q Grader” as a professional accreditation.

Our next upcoming Q Grader Combo Training and Exam led by Mr. Mane Alves is scheduled from Sept 16-21, 2014 in our CREMA COFFEE Lab in Guangzhou, China.

On Sept 22, 2014 a Q calibration course is scheduled for Licensed Q Arabica Graders to calibrate with each other.

More about our upcoming courses … click HERE

CQI Q Grader Combo Training & Exam Mar 4-9, 2014 Guangzhou, China

Coffee Quality Institute

(中文) At the backbone of the Q Grading System are Licensed Q Graders, professional cuppers accredited by the Coffee Quality Institute. These Q Graders must pass a rigorous three-day exam to earn their certification, comprising of 20 sections on coffee related subjects, such as green grading, roast identification, coffee cupping, sensory skills and sensory triangulation. There are currently over 1,000 Licensed Q Graders worldwide.

Those who pass the Q Grader Certification Course are authorized to use the Q logo and the nomenclature “Licensed Q Grader” as a professional accreditation.

Our next upcoming Q Grader Combo Training and Exam led by Mr. Mane Alves is scheduled from March 4-9, 2014 in our CREMA COFFEE Lab in Guangzhou, China.

More about our upcoming courses … click HERE

World Coffee Events Licenses World Judges Certification Program

World Coffee Events Licenses World Judges Certification Program 

to their parent organizations, the SCAA and SCAE

Dublin, Ireland – This week, World Coffee Events licensed the workshop model for its Judges Certification Workshops (JCW) to its two parent organizations, the Specialty Coffee Association of America and Speciality Coffee Association of Europe. “This allows more opportunities to become certified as a judge in our world competitions.

World Coffee Events

The partnership with our parents will increase the frequency and accessibility to the certification workshop,” comments Carl Sara, 2013 Chair of the WCE Advisory Board.  During the 2013-2014 event season, the SCAA and SCAE will organize, manage and produce judges workshops worldwide either directly or through their global education partners. Certification will still be officially authorized and issued by World Coffee Events.

“We are very excited to offer these Judges Certification Workshops in more locations in Europe to help grow the number of European certified judges in the world championships,” comments Annemarie Tiemes, SCAE Education Coordinator.

With a motivation to make these workshops as widely available as possible, SCAA and SCAE have started on plans for a series of Judge Certification Workshops within various geographies worldwide. To date, this list includes:

  • November 15-16, 2013 – Williamsburg, VA (organized by SCAA)
  • February 2014 – the Americas – TBD (organized by SCAA)
  • February 2014 – Dublin, Ireland (organized by SCAE)
  • March 2014 – Ancona, Italy (organized by SCAE)

Exact dates and locations will be made available on the WCE website –http://www.worldcoffeeevents.org/judges/judge-certification-workshop/.

You can also find the SCAA events listed at www.scaa.org/events.

“Our goal is to offer a clear path and training opportunity to all interested individuals in becoming a world certified judge. By licensing the judges certification program to the SCAA and SCAE, we are able to improve the facilitation, promotion, and administration of these events,” says Cindy Ludviksen, WCE Managing Director.

The JCW is a certification program only.  For aspiring, future judges who are not yet prepared to apply for certification, a new series of education-focused modules are planned to be offered in early 2014 as well.

About World Coffee Events:

WCE is an event management organization registered in Dublin, Ireland, and founded by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe and the Specialty Coffee Association of America. WCE is the premier producer of events for the coffee community worldwide. Our mission is to develop events that engage the specialty coffee community and promote coffee excellence. (http://www.worldcoffeeevents.org).