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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. 

This intensive Q Grader Training and Exam is designed for aspiring professionals seeking mastery in the art of grading, cupping, and evaluating specialty coffee. This immersive 6-day course combines comprehensive lectures, hands-on training, and rigorous examinations to propel your sensory skills and coffee expertise to new heights.

 Led by industry experts, this program delves into the meticulous protocols of the Q Coffee System, covering every facet of grading, cupping, and evaluation. Through a series of nineteen specific exams, meticulously designed to assess your sensorial abilities, you will demonstrate your prowess in sensory skills, olfactory perception, triangulation, and cupping techniques. Additionally, a comprehensive written exam will test your depth of knowledge in general coffee principles.

Who Can Join:
The course is recommended for everyone focused on becoming a Licensed Q Grader.

There are no pre-requisites to join. Everyone from coffee enthusiasts, baristas, coffee professionals, and coffee entrepreneurs are most welcome to attend.

Licensed Q Graders are recognized in the industry & attract opportunities in many areas of the coffee value chain such as:
1. Quality Control - Upstream & Downstream
2. Coffee Farming & Processing
3. Roastery Operations
4. Cooperative / Import & Export / Warehouse
5. Operations
6. Coffee Schools
7. Coffee Competition Organizations

Please note: that this training is conducted in English and is open to participants from all backgrounds. However, due to the advanced nature of the course, prior cupping experience is required. This ensures a cohesive learning experience where participants can build upon their existing sensory foundation and dive straight into the intricacies of professional coffee cupping.



Where is the training conducted? 

The training is conducted at our Bengaluru center. However, for region specific training programs the training will be conducted at the location mentioned for the training program (for instance, IAC Judges' Certification program)


Specialty Coffee Academy India

413, 9th Main Rd, 4th Block, 5th Block, Jayanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560011

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Are there any online courses? 

Currently, all of our courses are formatted for an “in - person classroom” mode due to the nature of course, where tangible and sensory experience are just as significant as the theory modules.

Are any trainings conducted in locations other than Bangalore (Mumbai, Delhi, etc.) 

Currently, all our classroom trainings are conducted at our Bengaluru center but we are looking to expand our footprint to other cities in the country. Stay tuned!

What course is right for me? 

Course can be opted for based on area of interest in the world of coffee. All of our courses have a section highlighting what an ideal audience for the course would be. In case of further queries/ confusion please reach out to us over email/ WhatsApp.

What is SCA certification?

SCA certification is a globally recognized certification which can be leveraged to pursue professional aspirations or AST status, anywhere across the globe.

What is SCAI certification? 

SCAI certification is a certification offered by “Specialty Academy of India” or SCAI and stands as a testimony of your successful completion of the module in which the certification has been achieved.

Why does the SCA certification course cost so much? 

The SCA certification courses’ cost is inclusive of training, SCA certification fee and GST. The course cost will not have any additional/ hidden cost on top of what is displayed for the product.

Can I get a refund on cancellation of my booked slot?

Since we work with micro batches, the number of slots in every program (SCA program or SCAI workshops) are extremely limited and therefore a refund will not be possible. However, in case of unavoidable circumstances, we can move your booked slot to one of the upcoming scheduled batches, as per your convenience. Please reach out to the education co-ordinator in such event.

Is accommodation provided? 

SCAI undertakes delivery of quality training courses and provision of training handbooks/ handouts. Food and accommodation arrangements will have to be planned and borne by the learner.