R Grader or Q Robusta Grader

The Q Robusta program (formerly R Grader) creates a skilled and credible body of Robusta coffee cuppers. CQI created this program with the goal  for cuppers to accurately and consistently assess Robusta coffee cup quality.  Today, the Q Robusta program is the only recognized certification system for Fine Robusta coffee cuppers. It’s essentially the same as its Q Arabica counterpart, with slightly varied exams (general knowledge, matching pairs acids, olfactory scents — of course, the coffees).

R Graders are Robusta cuppers recognized as skilled to:

  • Objectively assess coffee quality
  • Identify, quantify and articulate coffee characteristics
  • Detect coffee defects
  • Communicate coffee characteristics using common industry terminology

After completing the Q Robusta (R Grader) program, certified Q Robusta Graders may grade coffees for CQI or an in-country partner. A Q Robusta Grader certificate is valid for three (3) years and is renewable upon completion of an accredited calibration.

A Q Robusta Course is a five (5) day exam consisting of twenty two (22) individual tests that must be passed in order to qualify for certification. Candidates failing any sections may retake those tests anytime within eighteen (18) months.

Note: Presently licensed Q Arabica Graders must take all Q Robusta Grader exams to additional qualify as Q Robusta Graders.