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Q-Grading in Sydney

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Tips From Tracy

Start-Up Financing: What Are Your Options? Have you ever seen that commercial, with the guy in the smart glasses on the steps of Congress, telling you there’s free money in Washington for the taking if you want to start a business? Well, it’s not exactly a lie, but it’s a pipedream. I don’t know everything, […]

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Q Grading FAQ

Café Imports in cooperation with Brewed Behavior is offering Q Grader Certification, April 22-26 in Minneapolis. Here’s a great FAQ on the Q and its value: What is “The Q”? CQI’s Q Coffee System locates specialty coffees at origin and helps to improve those that have the potential to meet specialty standards. The effect is […]

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Coffee Cuppings During SCAA in Portland

We conducted several cuppings for green-coffee customers during the SCAA Conference in Portland (as we’ve done at past conferences). This time we cupped at a great spot nearby called Spirit of 77. The bar has that palpable Portland vibe: retro-cool and laid back with creative, original touches that only a hometown hangout can pull off. […]

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Coffee Cupping in Beijing

This week I’m back in Beijing, at Ocean Grounds, to do two cuppings for the shop’s customers. The events won’t be as much about “teaching” coffee as they will let consumers experience it alongside experts, so they can get a feel for the technical and culinary aspects of coffee. I’m looking forward to the dialogue […]

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Q Grader Certification Course in Italy

It was another great week of cupping and grading coffee in Ancona, at Nuova Simonelli headquarters. Giovanni Fucili was kind enough to share the above images and video clips from the Q Grader Certification training class.  

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Video: Intro to Cupping in Melbourne, Australia

A three day course at Small Batch Roasters to introduce new cuppers to protocol, cupping forms, and basic characteristic differentiation.

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Ka’u Coffee Cupping

Miguel Meza of Isla Coffee presents Ka’u (Hawaii) coffees to Brewed Behavior clients in Houston.

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Video: Coffee Cupper’s Certification

After a long week of lectures and practical exams related to coffee. The students’ final act is the General Knowledge Exam comprised of 100 question related to growing, processing, contracts, roasting, grinding, cupping and grading.

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Video: Coffee Cupping Class – The Pour

An often overlooked essential to proper coffee cupping, is in preparation of the cups. Here you see students pouring the water over the ground coffee. Seems simple, but every step (selection, dosing, grinding, water temp, pouring, etc.) up to this point must be well mapped in order for proper extraction to occur.

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