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Q-Grader, SCA & SCI Coffee Courses

For local coffee people or those looking for an opportunity to visit China, we recommend furthering your coffee knowledge at Torch Coffee Labs in Pu'er, Yunnan.

Torch Coffee Labs offer a range of professional coffee courses from the SCASCI and CQI. A feature of all Torch courses is a trip to a Yunnan coffee farm. This practical experience at the washing station is a perfect complement to lab-based learning.

For dates of Q Courses in your area, please visit the CQI website.

For dates of Q Courses, SCA courses and SCI courses in China, please visit the Torch website.

Q-Processing Coffee Courses

The CQI Q Processing course recognizes and certifies competencies across the various stages of coffee processing. While the course is scientific and technical, it is also very hands-on

More information about the CQI Q Processing course is available on the CQI website.


The L1 Program (Generalist) aims to equip the “consumer” side of the coffee value chain.

  • Shared language
  • Basic coffee biology
  • Fundamentals of producing consistently high-quality coffee


The L2 Program (Professional) aims to empower the “producer” side of the coffee value chain. The focus is on:

  • Production best practises (contextualized)
  • Fundamentals of manipulating coffee flavor
  • Techniques to minimize risk

Which Q-Processing Course is right for You?

The CQI Q Processing Program is the essential next step for industry professionals who work or intersect with coffee production.

If you work only in the consumer side of the industry or are simply a die-hard coffee aficionado, then we recommend the CQI Q Processing Program Level 1 (Generalist).

If you work or intersect with the producer side of the industry, then you are a good candidate for the CQI Q Processing Program Level 2 (Professional). This program has strict prerequisites, so please review the full course overview before signing up.

Where do you serve in the industry?

I want to learn how to produce large volumes of consistent, high-quality coffee.

I want to learn how to develop flavor profiles using different processing methods.

I want to gain access to farm-based technologies that improve coffee quality and reduce waste.