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Five Senses Melbourne Q Grader

Five Senses CoffeeBen Bicknell 21 March 2019

We’re super excited to announce our next Q Grader is returning to Melbourne 13th of May 2019! Presented by our very own Strategic Projects Manager, Ben Bicknell, students will be exposed to a wealth of coffee knowledge and wide ranging experience. The Q Grader course is the ultimate palate calibration and assessment course but offers a wide range of valuable professional development packed in-between the cracks.

We’ve been hosting the Q Grader in Melbourne for years and each course is such an exciting opportunity to get a bunch of passionate coffee folk together for a jam packed week of knowledge sharing and skill development.

The six-day Q Course will start 13th of May and include opportunities for resits for those needing to complete any outstanding assessments. On the final day, we’ll also be hosting a Q Calibration for those who have held a Q licence for over 3 years and want to retain their qualification.

For those of you who are fresh to the Q Grader concept, let’s describe what’s involved. Founded by the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI), a non-profit group aiming to increase both coffee quality and the lives of those producing it, the Q Grader course is designed to both teach and test attendees on how to cup and grade coffee samples. While a broad coffee knowledge and experience of tasting differing coffees is certainly recommended, the latest format of the Q course is structured to provide participants with an incredible amount of detailed and qualified knowledge during the first three days. The following days then see this knowledge put to the test across a variety of assessments from green sample grading, cupping and scoring through to accurate identification of aroma compounds.

Participants in the course gain a huge amount of understanding about the detail of what defines specialty coffee in an international context.

The Q Grader course is therefore an incredible opportunity to truly calibrate your scoring and assessment of coffees and is the only internationally recognised certificate system for cuppers.

Places for the Q Grader course are limited, so make sure you jump online to organise payment and register for the course.

As mentioned, we’ll also be hosting re-sits for those who need to knock off any outstanding assessments and Q Calibrations for any who have obtained their Q but need to refresh the certificate.

Date: 13th – 18th May 2019
Cost: $2,750 (incGST)
Duration: 6 full days
Instructor: Ben Bicknell

Book Q Grader Course

Date: 19th May 2019
Cost: $352 (incGST)
Duration: 6 hours
Instructor: Ben Bicknell

Book Q Calibration

Date: Various times between 13th – 18th May 2019
Cost – 1-3 Resits: $385 (incGST)
Cost – 4-6 Resits: $550 (incGST)
Cost – 7+ Resits: POA.
Duration: Varying
Instructor: Ben Bicknell

Book Q Resits (1-3) Book Q Resits (4-6)

Venue: Five Senses Barista Academy – 300 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne, VIC, 3003 Australia

*Courses are fully catered.

For more information about the Q Grader Course, visit the CQI Website.

While there’s a lot of content to cover and the assessments can be a little nerve-wracking, we take pride in creating a welcoming, supportive atmosphere at the Academy which is all about sharing knowledge in a safe learning environment. It’s always an incredibly fun week with the added bonus of ingesting a whole stack of valuable coffee knowledge while getting to meet some great people too.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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