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SCA Coffee Skills Program Sensory Skills Module Gain practical experience in the key elements of sensory evaluation in the SCA Sensory Skills classes. Investigate taste and flavor perception, evaluate myriad characteristics of coffee, and develop cupping skills, scoring, and calibration.

Offered at Foundations, Intermediate, and Professional Levels – students earn credits towards the SCA Coffee Skills Diploma.


A perfect introduction to sensory analysis and sensory skills. Students explore specialty vs non-specialty coffee, recognize the core concepts of sensory analysis, and explain why and how coffee professionals use it in the coffee industry with a focus on objectively identifying, describing, and discriminating aroma, taste, and body in coffees. Students are introduced to the SCA cupping protocol and methodology.

Students will take the SCA Sensory Foundations exam. Upon completion of course work and passing the exams, students earn 5 points towards the SCA Coffee Skills Diploma.


Learn to apply core concepts of sensory science to analyze differences in aroma, taste, and body in coffee. Students explore various testing methods including triangulation and others while and they begin calibrating with other cuppers using the SCA cupping form. Students explore the essential requirements for developing their own sensory program.

On the final day, you will take the SCA Sensory Intermediate practical and written exams, students earn 10 points towards the SCA Coffee Skills Diploma.


Graduates of Sensory Skills Professional are prepared to run sensory evaluations in their coffee business. Students acquire the skills required to identify and evaluate the quality of specialty coffee, to accurately measure and describe coffee beverage characteristics. Students will learn to generate repeatable and methodical sensory measurements of coffee, and learn how to interpret results.

Students completing Sensory Professional and passing the written and practical exams earn 25 points towards the SCA Coffee Skills Diploma.

Before attempting SCA Sensory Professional Students must have attended  SCA Sensory Intermediate and have held that certification for at least 3 months.

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    After this period you can reschedule or get a refund minus 20% free of the cost of the purchased course up to 14 days before the course when rescheduling or cancellations are not possible. 

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    Where is the Coffee Training Centre?

    The course will be at the BOOT COFFEE CAMPUS at 619 Lindaro Street, San Rafael, CA (just north of San Francisco).

    When Does the Coffee Roasting Course Start?

    Our courses typically begin at 9 am each morning and finish each day between 5 and 7 pm depending on the progress of students in each course.

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    Is Lunch Included?

    We provide 1h lunch break, light snacks and drinks through the duration of the course. Students are responsible to provide their own lunch.