Combining passion and professionalism to service for the world of coffee, in a training centre which is an example of Italian excellence. This is the essence of Q-grader, an event to be hosted from 13 to 18 February at Nuova Simonelli factory. Roukiat DELRUE will be the exceptional teacher for a time of increasing knowledge and getting together that is attracting professionals from all over the world. To participate in the Q-grader, requests have come from around the world, but there are still free places. There is time until November 30th to sign up.
For an entire week sensory tests (tasting, olfactory analysis) will alternate with theoretical lessons on every aspect of coffee, from the bean to when it’s served in a cup. At the end of the course there is an exam and, for those who pass, a certificate issued by the Coffee Quality Institute.
The course is open only to professionals in the world of coffee, such as baristas, roasters and producers, who already have advanced knowledge of the second most traded commodity in the world, after oil. In addition to the excellence of the facilities and teachers, for professionals who participate, the value of Q-grader is the chance to exchange ideas and experience.
Nuova Simonelli has decided to invest in this, looking to grow the community and ensure greater quality for its partners and for coffee lovers around the world.
CQI’s Q Coffee System is an internationally recognized program for evaluating cup quality based on a standardized system for Arabica coffee using protocols developed by the SCAA.
A Q Arabica Grader is a highly trained and calibrated coffee taster who evaluates coffee using SCAA cupping standards and protocols. People working in the coffee chain will participate in the Q Grader training and testing course. This course consists of two complementary concepts: the first is a 3-day theory of all activities, which is followed up by a 3-day series of exams regarding the material presented.
There are a total of 20 different exams taken during the course. The purpose of the exams is to evaluate the cuppers in their overall cupping skills. The course includes various activities to test the cuppers’ skills in evaluating a coffee in a traditional cupping format, olfactory senses, green coffee grading, acid identification, basic cupping skill evaluations, sensory skills tests, and roasted coffee tests.
Upon completion of the course, and with passing grades, the students may receive a Q Grader certificate, valid for 36 months. The Q Arabica Grader Training and Exams six-day course is rigorous and consequently some students find it difficult to pass all exam portions the first time through. The final day will allow participants to retake certain tests as needed in hopes of completing the certification.