April 10, 2017

Cupping Coffee: A VIDEO Guide to Being a Q-Grader


Who decides whether a coffee is good or bad? A Q-Grader (or, for Robusta, an R-Grader).

While there’s some truth to the idea that everyone has different tastes, a Q-Grader evaluates Arabica coffee to SCA standards, deciding if it’s specialty or commodity, has defects, and what final score it gets out of 100.

But why is that important? And how does a Q-grader do this? Watch our curated video article to find out.

What Is a Q-Grader?

Greenwell Farms starts us off with this short-and-sweet video on being a Q-Grader – from a producer’s perspective. Cuppers don’t just evaluate coffee quality for green bean buying, or determine what tasting notes end up on the packaging. They are also invaluable for producers and mill owners, who can analyse the impact of production and  processing methods.

SEE ALSO: Training to Be a Q-Grader? You Need to Read Our 5 Key Tips

How Does a Q-Grader Evaluate Coffee?

In the video above, they talk about vanilla notes, or raspberry, or tobacco. But how do you detect them? And how does a coffee end up with a final score out of 100? Paul Schlader takes us through the process, step by step.

SEE ALSO: How to Cup Coffee & Improve Your Palate

Feature photo credit: Archie Flickers via Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Please note: Perfect Daily Grind does not own the rights to these videos and cannot be held accountable for their content.

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