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The SCAA Coffee Taster Certificate (CTC) Program is an SCAA educational track focused on sensory analysis from a broad perspective. The Coffee Taster Certificate Program provides comprehensive education and training that encapsulates the entire scope of sensory analysis including green coffee, production roast tasting and espresso tasting.

This program has been designed to not only complement Coffee Quality Institute's (CQI) Q Grader Program, which licenses coffee professionals to grade green coffee and signifies an independent confirmation of specialty quality coffee, but also to allow for an expanded understanding and level of expertise for all coffee professionals focused on product quality and tasting assurance.

Many current SCAA students already inside of the SCAA Certificate curriculum, including those who have achieved licensed Q grader status through CQI, will discover that they may have already completed many of the required courses towards achieving this certificate.

Coffee Taster Level 1 Certificate

No expiration (50 years)

Credit Code

Class Name

CB100

Seed to Cup (eLearning)

CP103

Customer Service Essentials (eLearning)

CP151

Brewing and Extraction Principles

CP152

Brewing and Extraction Principles Applied

GE103

Orientation to SCAA Cupping*

GE151

Green Coffee Grading*

GE153

Le Nez du Café: Aroma of Coffee*

GE154

Sensory Skills Test Preparation*

GE200

Introduction to Sensory Analysis

GE201

SCAA Cupping Form and Peer Calibration*

GE202

Comparative Cupping: World Regions*

GE203

Comparative Cupping: Africa*

GE204

Defect Cupping

GE205

Comparative Cupping: Central and South America*

GE255

Organic Acids in Coffee*

GE303

Triangulation Cupping *

EXM-CTW1

Coffee Taster Level 1 Written Exam (eExam)

EXM-CTP1

Coffee Taster Level 1 Practical Exam



* Q-graders automatically receive this credit



Coffee Taster Level 2 Certificate

No expiration (50 years)

Must be a Level 1 Certified Coffee Taster*

Credit Code

Class Name

CP302

Espresso Exploration

GE217

Coffee Lab Equipment

GE206

Grinding and Grind Analysis

GE304

Production Roast Taste Testing

GE308

Consumer Product Taste Testing: Coffee

GE353

Coffee Tasters Flavor Wheel

RP104

Decaffeination

RP112

Introduction to Roasting Concepts

RP216

Identifying Defects in Roasting

RP223

Sample Roasting

GE291

Cupping Log

EXM-CTW2

Coffee Taster Level 2 Written Exam

CT000

Coffee Taster Code of Conduct*



*New requirement as of January 1, 2015