The Q Grader Programme is the coffee industry's most recognised and coveted certification system for Arabica and Robusta cuppers, with over 3,500 Q Graders worldwide.


A good bean is the first step toward achieving a perfect cup of coffee. Reinforcing the standards of specialty coffee links everyone in the supply chain with an integrity that shows pride in the product.
— Coffee Quality Institute

The Q Coffee System identifies quality coffees and brings them to market through a credible and verifiable system. A common standard for both Q Arabica, (Specialty Grade) and Q Robusta (Fine Robusta Grade) coffee has resulted in a universally shared language and standard top scoring lots.

The Q engages the industry at the producer level to identify lots for specialty, at the export/import level by certifying individuals to grade coffees, and at the buyer level to offer a consumer-facing product with the Q mark.  This system’s infrastructure has resulted in greater opportunity for producers to access the premium price in the market and improve their economic viability.

Interested in becoming a Q Grader? Click either of the following options to find out more:

Course dates: 14 - 19 November

Course dates: TBC