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Reliable analysis of coffee through the Q-grading process

To this end, the CQI has designed the examination and appointment of Q Graders. These experts must prove in a complex and globally standardised examination procedure, both practically and theoretically, that they have excellent knowledge in the field of coffee assessment, roasting and marketing. In order to impart the knowledge required for this, the CQI conducts Q-Grading training at regular intervals.

During this training, participants learn various techniques for sensory assessment of coffee characteristics. The main focus is on assessing the aroma, acidity, fragrance and taste of different types of coffee. This assessment is carried out in a comprehensible manner and according to generally accepted standards. The Q-grader exam consists of 20 individual tests, all of which must be passed. In detail, these are various taste and smell tests. In the so-called cupping skill tests, for example, the origin of different coffees must be identified on the basis of their aroma. In comparative tests, the test persons have to rank the exclusivity of different coffees solely on the basis of their taste and other sensory characteristics. After passing the Q-Grading exam, the graduate receives a license. It is valid for three years. At the end of this period, the Q grader must pass the test procedure again.

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Aromatico

ZWEI

250 g / whole bean

Feiner Filterkaffee

Glaede Kaffe

Colombia

500 g / whole bean

Balanced, fruity and certified

Caffé Fausto

Malabar

1000 g / whole bean

Geheimnisvoller Single Origin

Illy

Arabica Selection Guatemala

250 g / whole bean

A great Single Origin

Illy

Arabica Selection Etiopia

250 g / whole bean

Single Origin of a special kind

Caffé Fausto

Malabar

250 g / whole bean

Ein geheimnisvoller Single Origin

Illy

Arabica Selection Brasile

250 g / whole bean

Intense, fascinating coffee

VEE Kaffee

Tansania

250 g / whole bean

Aprikosen, Pfirsiche, Kirschen, Karamell

Illy

Iperespresso Etiopia 18 pieces

120 g / Illy Iperespresso Capsules

Delicate notes of jasmine

Langen Kaffee

Espresso Malabar

500 g / whole bean

Tobacco, wood and dark chocolate

Bialetti

Esperto Grani Classico

500 g / whole bean

Blumige Noten

Illy

Iperespresso Brasile 18 Pieces

120 g / Illy Iperespresso Capsules

Brazilian moments of pleasure

Caffé Fausto

Nicaragua

1000 g / whole bean

100 % Arabica aus Nicaragua

Julius Meinl

Wiener Mokka

250 g / whole bean

Viennese Mocha from the Vienna Collection

VEE Kaffee

Guatemala

250 g / whole bean

Echter Antigua

Minges

Tanzania AA Arusha Kilimanjaro

250 g / whole bean

Coffee cultivation on the edge of Kilimanjaro

Illy

Arabica Selection India

250 g / whole bean

Edelbitterschokolade und schwarzer Pfeffer

Mocambo

Filter coffee

250 g / ground

Caramel, chocolate and honey

SCA Germany

Röstmeisterschaftskaffee

250 g / whole bean

Erlös des Kaffees wird gespendet

La Tazza D'Oro

Costa Rica 250g

250 g / whole bean

Perfection in a can

VEE Kaffee

Kenia

250 g / whole bean

Afrikanischer Traum

VEE Kaffee

Costa Rica

250 g / whole bean

Tres Rios

Elbgold

Guatemala El Moreno

1000 g / whole bean

Honey and milk chocolate

Minges

India Parchment Peaberry

250 g / whole bean

Coffee beans of a special kind

Moyee Coffee

Double Espresso

250 g / whole bean

Cocoa, brown sugar and fruit

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Q-Grader - coffee experts you can rely on

The internationally respected Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) has set itself the goal of creating uniform standards for the assessment of coffee and establishing them worldwide. The aim is to harmonise the grading of coffee qualities in order to achieve greater transparency. As a consumer, you will then be able to rely on the experts' assessment when choosing coffee. In addition, with the consistent enforcement of these standards, a general improvement in the coffees assessed in this way can also be expected: the experts will sort out inferior beans or batches in good time and completely, so that only high-quality coffee goes on sale.

Q-Grader - the elite of coffee connoisseurs

Those who successfully complete the Q-Grader training are able and authorised to analyse coffee using the cupping and assessment protocols published by the CQI. Due to their international standardisation, these assessments establish comparability between different coffees tested. Today, you can find such an analysis for both Arabica and Robusta coffees, but for Robusta the procedure is called R-grading.

A cupping and grading protocol is based on a standardized point system. Top coffees with excellent ratings receive scores between 90 and 100. These top qualities are given the designation "outstanding". Very good coffees that score between 85 and 89 points are given the classification "excellent". Up to 80 is enough for the rating "very good" in this rating system. All three top groups belong to the "specialty" category. Coffees that fall below this mark do not receive an award.

If you want to work as a Q-grader in Germany, you have the best chance of finding an exciting and well-paid job at one of the large roasting houses or small coffee manufacturers.

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