The Cup of Excellence sensory education training course has been delivered over the past 4 years with great success. Graduates have improved their sensory skills and gone on to participate in international juries with the Cup of Excellence program. Taste some of the best coffees in the world, and improve your sensory skills.
Classes will begin at 9:00 and finish between 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm with an hour break for lunch, which will be provided. Be prepared to experience the Cup of Excellence (COE). You’ll cup many different coffees, processes, and cultivars, practice logistics and cupping protocol of a COE cupping, and take an exam just like National Jury sensory professionals. This will show you how you are calibrated with the rest of the jury and your sensory confidence with representative scores samples.
In the first two days, we focus on COE cupping, the protocol of identifying qualities, identifying common flavor attributes, scoring, and a common language. We then will advance to expose all participants to a technical approach to our quality variables, different varietals, and some common defects. Sessions include lab, lecture, and active discussions. We will also provide coffees from other countries for you to taste and learn about; processed naturals and honey/pulped naturals & varieties, etc.
The third day will be the “test” with three cuppings back-to-back.
We’ll be actively standing during cupping and seated for discussions, so please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. No use of perfume or cologne allowed. Lunches will be provided.
Please bring a notebook and, if you like, samples of your roasted beans. You’ll have the opportunity to see other coffees from other attendees.
You will receive a COE cupping spoon, an apron, and other fun things at the beginning of the class. Upon completing the course, you will receive a certificate of completion signed by your instructor. Within three weeks, you will receive an email containing your testing results. The information you receive will be in the same format as those who undergo national jury testing.
This experience is intended to share the Cup of Excellence program with you, improve your cupping and sensory evaluation skills, and share with others in a jury setting. This is the best way to learn and calibrate your sensory skills. Thank you for joining us.
Alex Pond is the Education Manager for the Cup of Excellence (CoE). Alex instructs and drives the CoE's Sensory Education Training program (SET). Alex's passion as a trainer is to teach people how to fairly and accurately evaluate coffees using the CoE score sheet and methods of cupping. Alex teaches SET courses in English and has instructed in almost 20 different countries.
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