A Licensed Q grader is the name of someone who has been certified
by the Coffee Quality Institute, based in Long Beach, CA.
These cuppers must pass a rigorous 3 day exam, made up of 22
sections on coffee related subjects like green coffee grading,
roast color identification, coffee cupping, sensory skills and
sensory triangulation. If that sounds confusing, just know this: A
Q grader is someone really good at tasting, cupping and evaluating
coffee. There are now over 1,000 Licensed Q Graders in...