World class coffee training combined with 6 star service! Bettr Barista has set the benchmark for quality training. I had a great time learning from Trish, such an experienced and credentialed Q-trainer.
— Christopher Leow, Head Barista, Bicycle Barista

Q Arabica Combined training & exam (7 Days)

Upcoming course starts 28 April 2018

Note: Advanced level course, not suitable for inexperienced/new cuppers.


No formal prerequisites. However, the Q Grader Exam is an advanced level course and not suitable for inexperienced/new cuppers. Helpful tools include:

  • Cupping Handbook
  • Green Coffee Classification Chart
  • Brewing Handbook
  • Cupping Protocol & Cupping Form, among others
Source: Coffee Quality Institute

Source: Coffee Quality Institute

Course Schedule includes: 

  • Introduction, Q System Overview
  • Review of Cupping Skills Module 
  • Calibration Cupping - Training Exercise
  • Green Grading Skills Training Exercise & Exam
  • Review Code of Conduct
  • Olfactory Skills Module & Exams 
  • Cupping Exams
  • Triangulation Exams 
  • Matching Pairs Skills Module & Exams 
  • Sample Roast I.D. Skills Module & Exams
  • General Knowledge Test Module
  • Sensory Skills Training Exercise

early bird COURSE FEE until 28 Feb 2018: S$3,510 INCLUDING GST (usual S$3,900)

Q Arabica Grader Calibration

upcoming calibration: TBC

Licensed Q Arabica Graders must calibrate with each other every three years in order to test their abilities to accurately evaluate coffee quality based on their gained experience, knowledge, and standards/protocols learned in Q training.

It is mandatory for all Q Graders to participate in calibration if they wish to remain active as a Q Grader in good standing.

The calibration consists of three cupping flights, (or tables - 6 samples each) of coffees with distinct attributes. All Q Graders must be in calibration and pass 2 of the 3 flights in order to renew their licenses and continue as Licensed Q Graders. Upon passing, the Q Grader license will remain valid for another 36 months, starting on the day of expiration.

course fee: S$500 (including gst)

Q Arabica GRader Retake 


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Trish's experience in the industry spans over 25 years as a coffee roaster, green coffee buyer, and teacher of all things coffee. An avid traveler in coffee growing regions worldwide, she teaches cupping to coffee producers and coffee professionals around the world. She is also credited with coining the term "third wave coffee" and identifying the relevant concepts.

Trish is a licensed Q-Grader and credentialed Q Trainer by the Coffee Quality Institute. She has served on the SCAA’s Roasters Guild Executive Council, was a charter member of the World Barista Championship Board of Directors and a founding member of the Barista Guild of America.

Trish was the Director of Programs with the Coffee Quality Institute: Q and Educational Services from 2013-2017. She is the roastmaster and co-founder of Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters.