About the Q Grader Program
The Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) designed the Q Grader program to develop a skilled and credible body of specialty arabica coffee tasters. Their role is to consistently and accurately assess coffee quality, both cup and grade, as a part of CQI’s Q Coffee system.
Q Graders are recognized as cuppers as skilled to:
- Objectively assess coffee quality
- Identify, quantify and articulate coffee characteristics
- Detect coffee defects
- Communicate coffee characteristics using common industry terminology
Upon successful completion of the program, cuppers are permitted to evaluate arabica coffees for CQI or one of their in-country partners (ICPs). A Q certificate is valid for three (3) years and is renewable upon completion of a calibration by an authorized instructor.
The course is a six (6) day series of exercises and exams consisting of twenty (20) individual tests that must be passed. Candidates not passing all sections during the course may retake failed tests — either during the same course period, or anytime after within eighteen (18) months. You may retake exams at the same or any other authorized facility.