Friday 27 January 2023

Crimson Cup Innovation Lab in Columbus, Ohio to host Coffee Q Grader Exam and Training Course

Participants in the exam and training course will learn from industry experts, hone their coffee tasting skills and take the test to become an Arabica Q Grader – a highly trained coffee taster who evaluates coffee using SCA cupping standards and protocols

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COLUMBUS, Ohio, USA – Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea kicks off its 2023 education and training schedule with The Q Arabica and Training Course to be held January 20 through 25, 2023, at the Crimson Cup Innovation Lab in Columbus, Ohio.

Presented by Brandon Bir, Crimson Cup’s Sustainability Director and Assistant Q Instructor, and Todd Arnette, Q Instructor and Owner of The Academy of Coffee Excellence, the program will help prepare coffee professionals to be licensed Coffee Q Graders.

“We are excited to present this comprehensive exam and training course,” said Bir, a Specialty Coffee Association content creator and the East Rep for the SCA USA Chapter who holds numerous specialty coffee and tea certifications.

“This is a terrific opportunity for coffee professionals to further their knowledge and advance their careers in the specialty coffee industry.”

He noted that many workplaces require their quality control personnel, roasters, green buyers and exporters to be Q Graders.

“Certified Q Graders share a common language of quality used by both producers and buyers,” he said. “This language smooths communication throughout the industry and increases access to markets.”

Participants in the exam and training course will learn from industry experts, hone their coffee tasting skills and take the test to become an Arabica Q Grader – a highly trained coffee taster who evaluates coffee using SCA cupping standards and protocols.

“The Q Arabica Grader Exam is rigorous, and some students find it difficult to pass all exam portions the first time through,” Bir said. “The final day will allow participants to retake certain tests as needed in hopes of completing the certification.”

The course will be held at the Crimson Cup Innovation Lab, a certified SCA Premier Training Campus, located at 700 Alum Creek Drive in Columbus, Ohio.

The Crimson Cup Innovation Lab is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to advancing the specialty coffee industry through education and innovation. As a certified SCA Premier Training Campus, the Innovation Lab offers courses and workshops for coffee consumers and coffee professionals.

The Q Arabica Grader Exam and Training Course is open to coffee professionals with cupping experience. Space is limited, so interested parties are encouraged to register as soon as possible. To sign up, email Brandon Bir, bbir@crimsoncup.com.

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