Q Grader Calibration

Q Grader certificate is valid for thirty six (36) months, beginning from the first course attempt.  It may extended at for another 36 month period by passing a calibration exam.

Q Grader Calibration testing is a one-day (1 day) exercise conducted by a Q Instructor.  Eighteen (18) coffees are cupped in three (3) separate groups of six (6) coffees each. A participants must pass two of three sets following Q Grader cupping skills exams protocols.

Q graders failing calibration testing may retake the entire set of cupping tests once. If failing to pass a second round of cupping tests, his or she must complete a recertification exam to reinstate Q Grader active status.

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Q Grader Recertification

The Q Grader Recertification Course is a two day (2 day) program taught in the same manner as the full six (6) day Q Grader course by a certified instructor.

Recertification testing consists of five (5) test exercises:

Sensory Skills Test – Parts I, II, and III

Cupping Skills Tests.  Three cupping skills tests: (A reference sample will be provided to orient cuppers at the beginning of each session.)

  • Country of Origin (Central America for consuming country graders)
  • East Africa
  • Indonesia

Triangulation Skills Test – Three triangulation tests

Olfactory Skills Test – Parts A, B, C, and D

Matching Pairs Skills Test

To pass the Q Grader Recertification Course, the Q Grader must pass pass all tests. Only one (1) exam retake is allowed for each test.  A minimum of five (5) Q Graders are required for each of the Cupping Skills Tests.