This 3-day course brings together coffee roasters and coffee growers. Working together we:
The mission of this course is to create the skill set necessary for a coffee roaster to work effectively with a coffee growing partner. Several experiments consistent with what roasters are currently asking of their coffee growing partners were conducted on the coffee that will be sorted, graded, scored and evaluated in this course. Working as a true partnership, the coffee grower and the roaster will account for all costs of goods sold and determine break-even and acceptable profit-margin price points for green and roasted coffee. This course is co-taught by a
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This course is taught in our Williamsburg Virginia lab as well as our partner lab in Guatemala. The coffee farming, processing and sorting experiments vary with each course. The April course will have had the following experiments created in the context of requests roasters make of growers.
From Finca Los Tarrales
This family produces Robusta and other rust resistant coffees at their lower altitudes and the following Arabica Varietals at the higher altitudes: Caturra, Gesha, Anacafe 14, Ethiopia, Costa Rica 95, Parainema, Cuscatleco, Straube, Lempira, Colombia, Sarchimor, Yello Catuaí, H1, Maragogype and a couple more experimental varieties. As more roasters are inserting themselves into the supply chain they are making more and varied requests of their growing partners.
From Two Birds
Two Birds Coffee is a direct trade farming and importing company that specializes in Guatemalan coffee beans. From humble origins in a remote region in Guatemala, their company has grown across borders and is now distributing delicious coffees in the United States. They strive to bring you the very best in specialty coffee, directly from the farm. They do it all — farming, processing, exporting, importing, and distributing of green coffee.
A roaster specifies specific fermentation and varietals and tells the grower that she will buy 1/4 container of the best scoring.
The above are requests that roasters make of their growing partners. We will explore the roasting, cupping, economics and sustainability of these requested coffees. The grower and the roaster will then negotiate mock purchase contracts for the coffees. (Fear not, Academy of Coffee Excellence has already guaranteed the purchase and the growers' profits).
Your registration includes:
Tuition for the training and education
Academy of Coffee Excellence 100+ page interactive workbook
Academy of Coffee Excellence Coffee Passport
Academy of Coffee Excellence engraved cupping spoon
Morning coffee, fruit, baked goods, snacks and lunch each day
This course exceeds the requirements for the SCA Green Coffee Intermediate Certificate. There is a separate SCA registration, not included with this course, to take the Practical and Written Exams and upon passing, the SCA Certificate Issuance. To register for this course's exams follow the Exam and Certificate Issuance Link.
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