Q Cupping Essentials

Brief Description

Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) is the recognized standard bearer for the accurate assessment of a coffee's quality. The Q Cupping Essentials course (QCE) builds and teaches the foundational principles required of quality and specialty coffee professionals. This course is specifically designed to be taken by a broad range of coffee practitioners who are interested in building the skills for evaluating coffee consistent with a globally recognized standard for Specialty Coffee. Further, QCE develops the methods used to calibrate cuppers worldwide in the recognition of and appropriate assessment of quality.


This course is officially credentialed by CQI and upon successful completion and passing of skill evaluation exercises, a certificate from the Coffee Quality Institute will be issued.


This course is taught be Todd Arnette, Q Grader Instructor for CQI. This course is offered in our Williamsburg VA USA, Guatemala City Guatemala & Pokhara Nepal training labs. 


In this course you will:

  • Understand taste modality thresholds and relate these sensory experiences to the cupping form's concepts of intensity and balance. 

  • Learn categories of aromas and understand how to use them to develop an ever broadening aroma sensory memory. 

  • Recognize the parameters of the Green Arabica Coffee Classification System and apply them in the assessment of physical defects of green coffee. 

  • Learn what the protocols for assessing quality coffee are and why they exist. 

  • Develop a working knowledge of how to use the cupping form consistent with a global community of professional cuppers.  

  • Apply all of the above developed skills to multiple flights of coffee cupping to calibrate your assessment to other coffee practitioners.


Course Dates:

  • 10 to 13 October 2019 GUATEMALA

  •  Taught in English with Spanish Translation

  • 30 Oct - 1 Nov 2019 WILLIAMSBURG VA

  • 7 to 10 February 2020 GUATEMALA 

  • Taught in English with Spanish translation

Your registration includes:

  • Tuition for the training and education

  • Academy of Coffee Excellence workbook

  • Academy of Coffee Excellence cupping spoon

  • Morning coffee, fruit, baked goods, snacks and lunch each day (Dietary preferences or restrictions are respected)


This 3-Day Course covers a great deal of content. We open at 8:00 am for coffee, fruit and baked goods with the coursework beginning promptly at 8:30 am. Attendees should plan on being at the Academy of Coffee Excellence from 8:00am (08:00) to 5:30pm (17:00) each day.

  • $750.00 usd for Early Registration

  • Early registration closes 1 month before the course date

  • $900.00 usd for Standard Registration 


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