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.

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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).


BGA – Barista Guild Certificate Program

Are you looking for a new job that involves your love of coffee and artistry? Maybe you should consider a career as a certified barista through the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). They offer a specialized course in the art of the barista. When you become certified through this course, you can walk into the most trendy coffee bars and restaurants confident in the knowledge that you`re in a class by yourself.

The Barista Guild of America (BGA) is the official guild of the professional barista. What separates a barista from your average coffee slinger? A professional barista has been trained to create and deliver coffee and espresso beverages in a manner that exemplifies quality and craftsmanship. When a drink is delivered by a professional barista, it is made professionally and with an artistry that the average coffee house employee doesn`t have.

The BGA was created in 2003 and offers a variety of courses and events throughout the country. The Barista Certification Program provides three levels of education to make sure the barista gets as much knowledge as possible from the basic to the advanced.

Level 1

The first level of barista certification goes over the most basic principles including an introduction in espresso, customer service, introduction to cupping and introduction to coffee brewing and extraction. After the required coursework, the barista in training takes a two-part certification test and once passed, reaches level 1 certification.

Since this is the most basic information, people experienced in the coffee trade can choose to take a test beforehand and take the required course in customer service to attain certification. There isn`t a fee to enroll in the certification process, but the classes are taught by individuals and they will set their own prices.

Level 2

When a barista reaches level 2, they are expected to know and retain the information from the previous course. It is made up of five mandatory courses and an extra course they can choose. The certification includes grind dose and tamp extract, espresso bar efficiency and workflow, latte art, espresso machine preventative maintenance and the two-part certification test.

They must also choose one of the following: basics of coffee farming, “Seeds to Roaster” lectures or webinar, or attend a SCAA Origin Trip. You may notice that this certification goes beyond simply making coffee drinks and extends into maintenance of the espresso machine and workflow efficiency. These are important business aspects that a professional barista must understand. Without it, they will not fully appreciate the art of the barista and the requirements of the job.

Level 3

The constraints of the level 3 training and certification are still being decided by the SCAA and the BGA. As of this writing, those requirements still have not been decided, but will be available in the future. The Level 3 certification will feature the most advanced aspects of the barista trade and will likely only be attainable by the most experienced baristas or students willing to commit to intense study.

Many people don`t realize the training and knowledge that must be acquired to become a certified barista. Customers assume that these are traits that you simply picked up or have a knack for, but in reality it requires training and experience. A professional barista is highly sought after in the coffee trade, so don`t be afraid to go out and get the certification is that the job direction you want to follow. Soon, you could find yourself in a professional kitchen next to a Rangemaster Classic Deluxe and hobnobbing with the business and Hollywood elite. A professional barista is no different than any other professional in the business world and is worth everyone`s respect and admiration.

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CUPPING LAB … the coffee cupper’s app

2013 Best New Product

2013 Best New Product


2013 SCAA Event Best New Product Winners Announced

Winner of People’s Choice Best New Product—Open Class—SCAA 2013

Cupping Lab is an award-winning, powerful cupping app for coffee professionals. It is the perfect companion for cupping, which supports both formal or daily coffee tasting via its beautiful yet professional interface. It can be used in cupping sessions for grading, education, competitions and Q exams.

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SCAA International Education Partnership

As of June 1, 2013, the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) will be conducting all knowledge tests for their Certificate programs in a secure online format. This exciting new digital system will allow for easier participant access to tests as well as faster turnaround times for reporting of results and awarding of credits and Certificates. The new online format will also allow participants all over the world, even those that cannot attend events, to take SCAA knowledge tests when it is convenient for them in the comfort of their own home or business. The tests will automatically be available in 39 languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, French, Russian, and Italian to better serve our growing international student base.

Participants will be required to have access to a computer that has internet and a working webcam. All tests will be monitored by a live remote professional proctor. A webcam is required to allow the proctor to monitor participants during testing. Skills tests requiring practical assessment on equipment will not be affected. Practical tests will be delivered on-site at future SCAA events and trainings.  Please see www.scaa.org/events for the most up-to-date offering of practical tests.

Ellie Matuszak, SCAA’s Director of Professional Development, commented, “SCAA professional development programs depend on member feedback and continuous innovation in order to provide the most relevant and impactful programs that help our members advance individual company goals, creating a more vibrant and healthy industry. This initiative represents the culmination of years of member feedback, research, and negotiation. SCAA is thrilled to take this very important step.”