Understanding Green Coffee

Course Dates

  • 24 FEB 2020
  • 23 MAR 2020
  • 4 MAY 2020
  • 1 JUN 2020

The Academy of Coffee Excellence has been developing coffee education curricula for more than 20 years. Our coursework greatly exceeds the requirement for the SCA Green Coffee Foundation Certificate. The optional SCA Exam will be available at the end of Day 1.

Educational offerings can vary widely among coffee educators. Always ask to see the course detail prior to enrolling so that you can compare what type of educational programming you will be receiving. Below we will overview the Course Summary, then an extensive presentation, day by day and module by module, of our Course Detail.  

The 4 days of training that immediately follow Understanding Green Coffee is the 4 Day Roaster Level 1 - Necessary Skills training course. The coursework from Understanding Green Coffee logically flows into the Roaster Level 1 coursework creating a 5-Day course with greater depth into green coffee. To register for the 5-Day Roaster Level 1 - Necessary Skills and Understanding Green Coffee click here.  

Course Summary

The Academy of Coffee Excellence's Understanding Green Coffee course is ideally suited for people new to the coffee industry or those looking to gain an insight into the broad subject matter of green coffee. It includes an introduction to the basics of quality checks, coffee grading, and taste/flavor differences due to processing or species.

Specifically, by doing hands on exercises and tastings you will develop a greater understanding of the following concepts:

  • The different species and varieties of coffee
  • The origin and spread of coffee
  • Factors impacting coffee's growth
  • Harvesting
  • Different processing methods
  • Milling and exporting
  • Trace-ability
  • Size of the global coffee market

Your registration includes:  

Tuition for the training and education - Academy of Coffee Excellence detailed course workbook for continued learning - Morning fruit, coffee, baked goods, snacks and lunch. Dietary requests are respected.

This 1 Day Course covers a great deal of content. The lab opens at 8:00am for coffee, fruit & baked goods. Coursework commences promptly at 8:30am continuing through 5:30pm each day.

Early Registration = $350.00 usd

Standard registration = $400.00 usd  

Early Registration closes 14 days prior to the beginning of this course. 

 

Course Detail 

Species and Varieties: A fundamental skill of any coffee professional is to be able to understand and explain key points in the coffee value chain where quality and costs are impacted. 

Coffee's Origin and Migration: A good working relationship with your importer is critical to the success of your coffee business. 

Factors Impacting Coffee's Growth: Cupping is how the Specialty Coffee Industry communicates quality and value from farm to café. If you want to be a good roaster, you have to be a good cupper. 

Harvesting: A central part of a professional roaster’s job is to be able to evaluate green coffee for purchase and roast profile development decisions. 

Processing Methods: A fundamental skill of any coffee professional is to be able to understand and explain key points in the coffee value chain where quality and costs are impacted.  

Milling & Exporting: A good working relationship with your importer is critical to the success of your coffee business. 

Trace-ability: Cupping is how the Specialty Coffee Industry communicates quality and value from farm to café. If you want to be a good roaster, you have to be a good cupper. 

The Global Coffee Market: A central part of a professional roaster’s job is to be able to evaluate green coffee for purchase and roast profile development decisions. 

Lunch is provided. Dietary requests are respected. 

Optional SCA Exam    

Optional SCA Exam: There is a separate SCA assessed fee for the SCA Practical and Written Exams. Upon passing, the SCA Green Coffee Foundation Certificate will be issued directly from the SCA. The separate SCA Exam and Certificate Fee will be assessed and collected on the exam day. Credit card, check or cash payment are accepted for exam admission.

If you wish to take the SCA Exams, it is important to note that YOU WILL NEED AN SCA LEARNER NUMBER prior to taking the exams – THIS IS NOT YOUR SCAA MEMBER NUMBER.

To find or create your SCA Learner Number you may follow this link to the SCA’s website.

Early Registration = $350.00 usd

Standard registration = $400.00 usd  

Early Registration closes 14 days before the beginning of this course. 



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