Coffee Planet reveals six Q Grader certifications
The six professionals take up 40% of the Middle Eastern region’s total Q Graders
Coffee Planet’s managing director, Rob Jones said: “There are 15 Q graders in the Middle East and to have 40% of that total number from our team showcases our absolute commitment to quality. We are very proud of this group and their dedication to providing high-quality coffee.”
Featuring 22 tests, the Q Grader certification process examines general coffee knowledge and the ability to accurately identify quality coffee. This includes appropriately grading green and roasted coffee, sensory and olfactory analysis, identification of sensory roasts and evaluating roasted coffee from around the world. The examination process ensures individuals can recognize aromas associated with coffee, blind cup and identify roast progression characteristics and discerning salty, sweet and sour at varying intensities and combinations.
Coffee Planet Roast Master, Cleia Junqueira said: “Every day is different. We use our licenses to cup different coffees internally and externally using samples and alongside other Q Graders. We work in groups to cross-check the flavour profiles from our coffee ranges, certifying the grade of our new roasts against SCAA regulations. We also help to create new taste profiles.”
She adds: “We have to be very careful of what we eat and drink daily. Many things stain our palates and we need to keep it as neutral as possible, as every three years we undergo our Q Grader license renewal to ensure that our calibration is up-to-date.”