CQI - Q Arabica Grader Calibration

Certified Q Arabica Graders

These Q 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. The sessions include one of Washed Milds, one of Naturals and one of either Africa or Asia. All Q Graders must be in calibration and pass two of the three flights in order to renew their certifications and continue as Certified Q Graders. Upon passing, the Q Grader certification will remain valid for another 36 months, starting from the day of the calibration course.

One whole day that consists of practice cupping and cupping exams.

Q Graders will cup and score:
3 cupping flights of 6 coffees using SCA Scoresheets and CQI Protocols:
1. Washed Milds
2. Naturals
3. Either Asia or Africa

Alin Giriada is a trainer to countless coffee professionals, barista, and cup tasting champions. He is a coffee & education expert with over 16 years of experience, and the only person in Europe to be certified as both Q Instructor & SCA Authorized Trainer in all CSP modules.

He holds a Masters Degree in Education & Training Management, and also consults for the US Agency for International Development.


Date 27 October 2024

This event will take place in our Academy Facility, in Sharjah. Click this link for directions.

For our students, we recommend these hotels for accommodation;

  1. Rove Hotel (Trade Centre)
  2. Millenium Place Mirdif

For those who need a lift, the pick-up/drop-off point will be near the hotels above.

For students from outside the UAE, you will want to make sure your hotel of choice is within the vicinity of the pick-up/drop-off point, as we are unable to provide transportation outside of that area.

We accept all major debit and credit cards. All of our transactions are handled on a secure server using bank-grade encryption. Payments can be handled through trusted third parties like Stripe, Apple Pay, and Tabby.

Students who wish to pay cash upon date of class or pay with Tabby, feel free to e-mail us at hello@archerscoffee.com with your full name, company, desired class, and contact number. OR you can call 065316869 so we can assist you and reserve you a slot.

1. If you cancel your booking more than 12 weeks before the course starts, you will get a full refund.

2. If you cancel your booking more than 6 weeks before the course starts, you will get 70% of your booking refunded. The remaining 30% off your payment will be deducted as administration charges.

3. If you cancel your booking less than 6 weeks before the course starts, you will not get a refund. However, you can use 70% of the initial payment as partial payment to avail of our next scheduled course. The remaining 30% off your payment will be deducted as administration charges.

4. If in rare circumstances Archers Coffee Academy needs to cancel a course, you will get a full refund. Refunds will be made in approximately one month.

5. Paying this fee does not guarantee that you will pass any of the exams scheduled in the course/s.

6. By proceeding with your payment, you agree to these terms and conditions.

If you have additional inquiries about the course or wish to request for the study materials of your class, feel free to e-mail our Head of Education and In-house Instructor, Dave Peralta. And we'll get back to you as soon as possible.