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Q Arabica Grader Training & Exam Course

Q Arabica Grader Training & Exam Course

SKU: Course ID: 6615

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 SCA. A Q Arabica Grader is a highly trained and calibrated coffee taster who evaluates coffee using SCA cupping standards and protocols.

This course consists of two corresponding parts over six days. In the first part, over 3 days, learners review assumed knowledge and theoretical principles, including practice of all activities. The second part is a 3-day series of exams regarding the material presented. The course includes 20 exams over 9 Modules to test the learners’ job-relevant skills including cupping protocols, olfactory and gustatory senses, green coffee defect identification, roast sample level identification and matching pairs of coffee acids.  Testing also includes recognizing and recalling CQI Flavor Standards in aqueous solutions.

The Q Arabica Grader Combo 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.  Participants who pass all exams earn a Q Arabica Grader certificate.


  • Instructor  - Sandra Loofbourow -
  • Coffee Quality Institute (CQI)

    Once tuition fees have been submitted, your next step is to visit CQI's website and complete your registration.

    October Course ID:  6615

  • About the Instructor:

    Sandra wants to make specialty coffee better. She is a certified Q Instructor through CQI, a seasoned green buyer, roaster, barista, and published author. Sandra was the founding Director of The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, and is co-host of the bilingual podcast Cafetera Intelectual

  • Payment and Cancellation:

    Once registration and tuition have been received for a course, we consider this to be a firm commitment to attendance. Last-minute participant substitutions are difficult to arrange, although we understand emergency situations may arise that will affect attendance to programs offered by Firedancer.

    Course fees are non-refundable. If you need to cancel, course fees can be applied to a future course, or another person can take your place.  Students who choose to postpone will have 12 months to apply their funds to another course. Changes are not possible less than 14 days before the course begins.

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