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Cup of Excellence: Sensory Education Training Virtual Calibration

Sensory Education Training (SET) VC is a global calibration event that is led by Cup of Excellence (CoE) Head Judge Scott Conary. Students around the globe will cup and score coffee sourced from award winning CoE farmers and renowned green-coffee importers. This unique event will allow students to evaluate their cupping scores in comparison with those of a global community of coffee professionals.
Online November 26, 2021 €410

Course overview

Prior to the event start date, SET VC students will receive a box containing roasted samples for three cuppings sessions, sample placement instructions, CoE score sheets, an official CoE cupping spoon, and other goodies from our sponsors. The SET VC will kick off with a special presentation by Head Judge Scott Conary. Scott will teach students how to cup and score using the CoE score sheet and explain what makes CoE award-winning coffees so special. At this time, students will learn how to set up the event cuppings in the comfort of their homes or cupping labs.

After the initial presentation students should cup the coffees mailed to them, score the coffees using the CoE Score sheets, and return their completed score sheets to the event coordinators.

During the four week event, students will have access to recordings of the webinar sessions hosted by our instructors. Students will have the opportunity to have their questions answered in special office hours zoom calls. Students may also communicate directly with their fellow participants, CoE staff, and the instructor via this event’s WhatsApp group.

After submitting their score sheets, students will receive individualized evaluations of their work and reports compiled by the Instructor. These reports will be based off the same format and data CoE uses to select cuppers for their National Juries. The report will provide insight regarding students’ cupping skills and their assessments of the coffees that were evaluated.

On the final day of the event students will join our instructor for a virtual presentation of the data collected from all participants. Our instructor will answer questions about the coffees’ attributes, the cupping data, and much more.

What’s included in the class fee:

  • 2 instructional webinars
  • Office hour access
  • Coffee kit (see below)
  • Access to class WhatsApp group
  • Certificate upon completion of class

Kit includes:

  • Roasted coffee for 3 cuppings, 24 coffee samples total
  • CoE Tote Bag
  • ThirdWave Water Minerals
  • CoE Quality Coffee Pocket Guide
  • Brewler from Kruve
  • Limited-edition Cup of Excellence engraved W.Wright cupping spoon
  • Cup of Excellence cupping forms
Applications close November 13, 2021


Participation in the SET VC session will give students the following opportunities:

  • Learn how to cup and score coffee using the CoE score sheet
  • Cup and score award-winning and unique coffee
  • Compare cupping scores within a global coffee community
  • Gain understanding into what high-scoring specialty coffee is
  • Develop and further their own cupper confidence and accuracy


Schedule for November/ December SET VC based on Pacific Standard Time (UTC - 8)


November 26: Welcome Webinars at 8am and 5pm. Webinars take 2.5 - 3 hours and include one hour for questions. The presentations will be identical and our timed to accommodate our global audience

December 3rd: Office Hours, 8am and 5pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC - 8) Office hours hours are face to face zoom calls scheduled to give students face time with the instructor and CoE staff to ask questions.

December 10: Cupping Score due for submission 8pm PST. All Students should have emailed their completed cupping forms submitted to the instructor and CoE staff. Scores submitted after this deadline will not be included in the final data.

December 17th: Personalized evaluations and reports will be uploaded to the Coffee Knowledge Hub

December 17th, 8am and 5pm: Presentation of results, plus question-and-answer session. This will take 1.5- 2 hours.


November 26, 2021 - December 17, 2021
Starts at 8:00am
UTC -08:00 (America/Los_Angeles)
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Applications closed November 13, 2021


This course can have a maximum of 75 attendees. 47 spots are still available.

Meet your trainers

Alex Pond

Alex Pond is the Education Manager for the Cup of Excellence (CoE). Alex instructs and drives the...

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Scott Conary

As Owner of award-winning Caffe Driade & Open Eye Café, along with Carrboro Coffee Roasters in the...

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