Arabica Green Coffee Grading Test

Time: 60 Minutes
Passing Score: 2/3 Samples Graded Correct

In the Arabica Green Grading exam, subjects receive 3 x 350g green coffee samples. These have been first picked clean and tainted with a certain number and type of defects. Your task is to identify the defects iand then the adjusted “equivalent” defect count. Next use SCAA rules and label the sample as “specialty coffee,” “premium coffee” or “commercial coffee.” 20 Minutes is allowed for each of 3 samples and you must grade at least 2 correctly to pass.

The green grading exam is open book. You are welcome to use a SCAA Green Arabica Defect Handbook and any available support materials to help you.  Along with the roasted coffee defect exam, this is among the less complicated of Q Grader tests. Yet under pressure, participants tend to over-analyze or over-grade samples. Be careful to not to find defects where there are none.  20 Minutes per sample is a reasonable amount of time, so there is no rush.

Participants also sometimes also find accounting for primary and secondary defects challenging.  This is despite all formulas appearing  in print in the green grading handbook.

When preparing for the exam, get washed green samples from various origins.  If grading is not a regular part of your daily job function, familiarize yourself with the process and standards used by the SCAA.