Liz Bishop, Barista Trainer and Coffee Roaster recently completed a week of training and exams in New York City, Here is her report:
Q Grader Test Update by Liz
I had heard all of the stories of how hard and grueling the Q Grader exams could be. They are true. The Q is hard and it is an emotional week for everyone involved but our palettes and tasting coffee will never be the same again.
What is a Q Grader?
The Coffee Quality Institute’s Q program exists to accurately and consistency assess coffees submitted for evaluation and to increase the quality across the supply chain. A Q grader is a person who has been certified as having the necessary skills to identify quality coffee and provide detailed reports for lots of coffee that can meet standards for Q certification and CQI Technical reports for those that do not meet Q standards. A coffee that scores under 80 points in an assessment does not meet Q standards,...