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SCA INTRODUCTION TO COFFEE

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SCA INTRODUCTION TO COFFEE

1. General Information

Course Length: Minimum 4 hours
Prerequisites: None

Written Exam Information:

  • Total Number of Questions on Online Written Exam: 20 questions

  • Total Time Allowed for Online Written Exam: 22 minutes

  • Passing Score (Online Written Exam): 60%

Practical Exam Information:

  • This course does not include a practical exam

2. Course Description

Introduction to Coffee is an ideal course for anyone who is new to the coffee industry or just has an interest in this wonderful drink. It  charts coffee’s journey from its origins in Ethiopia to the major commodity it is today, enjoyed by millions of people around the world.  From coffee process, roasting, brewing to tasting, this course gives a general overview of coffee’s supply chain. This half day course  also includes a “coffee cupping” which allows you to taste the various flavors of coffee.

3. Written Exam Questions Distribution by Topic

1. COFFEE KNOWLEDGE 

  1. Origins of Coffee 

  2. Coffee’s Growing Regions 

  3. Coffee's Journey from Farm To Cup 

  4. The Current Coffee Industry - Producers & Consumers 

  5. Coffee as a Plant, Fruit and Seed 

  6. Most Common Coffee Species 

  7. General Differences in Coffee Species 

  8. Common Varieties of Coffee Species 

  9. Quality - What is Specialty Coffee? 

  10. Harvesting and Processing 

2. COFFEE ROASTING AND STORAGE 

  1. Basics of Roasting Process 

  2. Importance and Strategies for Prolonging Freshness 

3. SENSORY EXPERIENCE 

  1. The Humans Senses 

  2. Taste Recognition and Flavor Perception 

  3. Sensory Experience Influenced by Origin and Terroir, Species, Processing, and Roasting 

4. BREWING 

  1. Common Brewing Methods 

  2. Brewing and Extraction Principles 

  3. Sensory Impact of Extraction 

  4. Introduction to Cupping 

5. IMPACT OF WATER QUALITY AND TEMPERATURE 

CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE

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