The intermediate sensory course takes place, as per SCA protocol, in two full days in which you learn to recognize the various acids, to define and order more or less high concentrations of taste; we practice to define aromas not by family (fruity, floral, dry distillation) but in details. Finally, the fundamental concept of triangulation is introduced.


Passing the SCA Intermediate exam allows to get 10 points for the SCA Coffee Skills Program diploma.

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Program of the course

The course has an extremely practical approach, and consists of several sessions on:

  • The different tasting protocols, in cupping and in triangulation forms
  • Refinement of the ability to recognize different acids and at different concentrations
  • Ability to recognize and order more or less bitter solutions
  • Ability to recognize and order more or less acidic or sweet solutions
  • Identification of individual aromas, not by family
  • Ability to set up and conduct a cupping session
  • Triangulation exercises between coffee in cupping, filter and espresso
  • +/- assessment exercises between different coffees

SCA certification

At the end of this course it is possible to take part to the SCA Sensory Intermediate 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 Professional certifications. For more info on SCA certifications, consult this page.

Our Trainer

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 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.


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