Coffee Tasting and Cupping Course

Coffee Tasting and Cupping Course

Do you want to enter the fascinating world of professional coffee tasting? Do you want to become a sommelier, a professional taster, maybe aiming for a Q-grader career?
It's a complex journey, that begin learning about our sensory organs and recognizing the feelings that they send to us.

Have you not the time for a coffee vacation in Italy?

With our online courses and video courses with SCA certification exam you will grow your your coffee skills and knowledge without leaving your home!

More infos

The course starts at 10 a.m. and finishes at 5.30 p.m. with a short lunch break. The Espresso Academy is in Florence, a few minutes with the tram away from the central railway station of Santa Maria Novella and a few minutes from the exit of the highway.

 

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Coffee Tasting and Cupping Course

Do you want to enter the fascinating world of professional coffee tasting? Do you want to become a sommelier, a professional taster, maybe aiming for a Q-grader career?
It's a complex journey, that begin learning about our sensory organs and recognizing the feelings that they send to us.

So you learn to smell and recognize, with a selection of aromas, the sensations that the different varieties of coffee bring to our nose.

Then is the time of taste, to recognize and evaluate technically (with different water-solution) bitter, acidic, body, aromatic and other sensations that coffee can give us.

The new keyword in coffee tasting is flavor, which we learn to know in its variables that can come from variety, from the cultivation process and from roasting.

At this point coffee, tests in cupping and espresso, to apply our knowledge to the bean we love most!

The course is preparatory for the SCA Sensory foundation exam, which can be held at the end of the day.

Periodically our school also organizes Sensory SCA Intermediate and Professional levels, contact us for info!

 

Program of the course

  • The aim of the coffee tasting. The organs of sense involved in coffee tasting: eyes, nose, mouth.
  • What is,  and how to use a coffee tasting sheet with SCAA parameters
  • Tasting Espresso, filter, brewing
  • The phases of the coffee tasting: visual, olfactory, assessing, tactile and aftertaste.
  • Acidity, bitterness, sweetness, mouthfeel, flavour and aromas: the use of professional terminology.
  • What is it the cupping, the professional system of coffee tasting.
  • The cupping sheet to define a Specialty and a Cup of excellence
  • The espresso tasting sheet, the role of sugar in coffee tasting
  • Several cupping exercises with different coffees, commodity and specialty.

 

SCA Sensory

SCA Certificate

At the end of this course it is possible to take part to the SCA Sensory foundation level certification. Anyone wishing to take part in the certification exams are asked to report it to us when registering for the course. In our school you can also book Sensory Intermediate and Professional certifications. For more info on SCA certifications, consult this page.

Our Trainers

Marco Cremonese

One of the most known italian coffee and roasting experts. Marco has a large portfolio of consultancies for famous coffee roasting companies and is an official SCA trainer for coffee roasting, tasting and green coffee. He´s also frequently been chosen by the World Barista Championship to roast the coffees for the competitions.

Helena Oliviero

Helena is young and very experienced in the world of coffee. She´s the italian champion of Ibrik, AST for Barista and Brewing and also an R-Grader.. the first woman in Italy! She´s the responsible of the Brewing courses and Espresso Academy abroad.

One Week Coffee Route

This course is part of the One Week Coffee Route route, a complete journey in the world of coffee that includes days dedicated to barista, latte art, roasting, professional tasting, brewing and coffee shop management. Read more about the coffee route!

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  • We attended the two-day Barista course (advanced level) and its really cool and awesome. Our instructor-Gabriele shares all the techniques and secrets to make a perfect espresso and cappuccino, plus the coffee art which every participants were so excited and enjoyed every hands-on. As part of the Advanced level course, Gabriele also gave us a tour inside their processing plant. A highly recommended tour if you're visiting Florence both for individual who's looking for a career in coffee industry or simply Coffee lovers.
  • Great experience ! It's fun, very interactive , the trainers are really interested that you learn and practice a lot, before you apply for your certificate. If you never worked in a coffee shop or you never experience how to make a great cappuccino and espresso this is the right place to try . Can't wait to get back and learn some more ! Thank you all !
    TLumi, Croatia
  • Had an amazing two days here going all the way from the roasting room, blends and the theory, but most importantly a lot of practice at making good espressos and cappuccinos with assistance from the instructors, through to the SCA exams. Very friendly and helpful instructors and I can highly recommend the Espresso Academy! A great experience and great knowledge gained. Thank you to all at Espresso Academy and Mokaflor, I highly recommend you all!
    Pierre V, Auckland New Zealand

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