CQI Q Arabica Grader
|Course Hour:||6 Days|
|Course Date:||Nov. 30-Dec. 05, 2020 | May 2021 (Dates to be determined)|
|Course Fee:||CAD $2550/Student|
All information provide on this page are from CQI Website: https://www.coffeeinstitute.org/our-work/a_common_language/what-is-a-q-grader/
About CQI: The Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) is a non-profit organization working internationally to improve the quality of coffee and the lives of people who produce it.
The Q Coffee System: The Q Coffee System identifies quality coffees and brings them to market through a credible and verifiable system. A common standard for both Q Arabica, (Specialty Grade) and Q Robusta (Fine Robusta Grade) coffee has resulted in a universally shared language and standard top scoring lots. The Q engages the industry at the producer level to identify lots for specialty, at the export/import level by certifying individuals to grade coffees, and at the buyer level to offer a consumer-facing product with the Q mark.
The Q System: A good bean is the first step toward achieving a perfect cup of coffee. Reinforcing the standards of specialty coffee links everyone in the supply chain with an integrity that shows pride in the product. According to SCA standards for arabica, a coffee that is free of primary defects or unclean odors and scores 80 or above on the SCAA cupping form is considered Specialty Grade. While many variables in roasting and brewing affect the taste of coffee, Q Coffees™ confirm that the beans being used are Specialty and among the highest quality in the world. This is the only mark that certified coffees on a quality scale for arabica.
The Q Class: A Q Grader Course and Exam is a 6 DAYS COURSE designed to critically evaluate a broad sensory analysis skillset. The first 3 DAYS period involves some teaching of the subject matter and a practice test version of each of the exams that will be taken over the second 3 DAYS period. The 19 exams are designed to evaluate competency and sensory acuity in a number of areas closely associated with coffee roasting, cupping and grading. An individual who is credentialed by the CQI to grade and score coffees utilizing standards developed by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA).
The Q Grader License exams are recommended for any coffee professional who routinely evaluates the quality of coffee. Coffee producers, coffee importers and exporters, green buyers, roasters, quality control personnel and baristas can benefit from what they learn about coffee and themselves from the Q Grader License series of exams. The course for becoming a Q Arabica Grader prepares participants for the 19 tests they must pass to become a certified Q Grader. The tests relate to an individual’s ability to accurately and consistently cup and grade coffee according to SCA cupping and grading standards and protocols, including a thorough understanding of the SCA cupping form.
A student who passes these 19 tests is given a professional license as a Q Grader. This license must be renewed every 3 years by attending a Q Grader calibration to ensure the Q Grader is up-to-date.
For registration of the Q course scheduled from 2021, please enrol the class officially with CQI from the course listing as below: https://database.coffeeinstitute.org/course/3520
For registration of the Q course scheduled form Nov. 30th-Dec. 05th, 2020, please enrol the class officially with the CQI from the course link as below: https://database.coffeeinstitute.org/course/3540
This Q Course is being held at Bicerin Coffee Lab in Markham Ontario, Canada. The course will run from 8:30 am – 5:30pm.
Re-Take Exams: Candidates pursuing their Q Grader License and requiring Re-Take Exams should contact Todd Arnette at Todd@wcoffee.com as Re-Take Exams will be offered in a limited number at this Q Course.
After of inquiring with Todd Arnette, for completing of Re-Takes registration from Bicerin Coffee Lab, please check: https://bicerincoffee.com/product/cqi-q-grader-retake/
CQI Q Course Cancellation Policy:
After you have registered for a course, we consider your registration to be a firm commitment for you to attend the course. Last-minute participant substitutions are difficult to arrange, although we understand that emergency situations may arise and affect your ability to attend. We have established the following policy in case of a course cancellation.
Cancellations made within 30 days prior to the start of the course are non-refundable. In a situation that a cancelled spot can be filled by another participant, cancellations made more than 31 days prior to the start of the course will be refunded at 90% of the course fee. (The 10% fee covers the expenses of credit card processing.)
In a situation that a cancelled spot cannot be filled by another participant, cancellations made more than 31 days prior to the start of the course will be refunded at 50% of the course fee. Refunds will be processed on the start date of the course.
Bicerin Coffee Lab reserves the right to cancel or reschedule courses as necessary. In such case, tuition or deposit may be refunded in full or transferred to a future course. In no event shall Bicerin Coffee Lab be liable for any cancellation or penalties, assessed by any airline or hotel, as a result of course date changes or cancellations.