At the backbone of the Q Grading System are Licensed Q Graders qualified, vetted and professionally trained cuppers accredited by the Coffee Quality Institute. These Q Graders must pass a rigorous six day course comprised of three-day examinations to earn their certification, comprising of 20 sections on coffee related subjects, such as green grading, roast identification, coffee cupping, sensory skills and sensory triangulation. A Q Grader is a highly trained and calibrated coffee expert who professionally grades coffee using SCAA cupping protocols. There are currently over 4,000 + Licensed Q Graders worldwide.
Those who pass the Q Grader Certification Course are authorized to use the Q logo and the nomenclature "Licensed Q Grader" as a professional accreditation.
For more information about Q Grader Program, please visit CQI website.