The second week of July 2018 saw two new Q Graders get certified at the first ever Q Grader Arabica Combo course in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dirk Maritz, Training Manager from Famous Brands Coffee Company and Michael Mac Donald, Head Roaster from Origin Coffee Roasting, both based in Cape Town earned their qualification after taking the course plus more than 20 papers and retakes, to attain the international coffee qualification.
The Q Grader Course is a program by the Coffee Quality Institute, USA coordinated by certified instructors around the world. This six-day training and exam was held at Sevenoaks Lab in Randburg, South Africa and was conducted by certified Q grader instructor Mbula Musau. It was the first of three major events organized by the Specialty Coffee Association of Southern Africa. Participants came from several companies based in different parts of the country as well as from neighboring Swaziland.
Authorised SCA Trainer (AST) and World Competitions Educational Program (WCEP)
The other two events were the Specialty Coffee Association’s (SCA) Authorized Trainer course (AST) and World Competitions Education Program and certification for World Coffee Events Judges.
Lead instructor Mbula Musau took both programs and added to her portfolio, the AST qualification required to conduct and certify Introduction to Coffee Courses, Sensory Skills Foundation, Intermediate and Professional modules on behalf of the Specialty Coffee Association at Utake Coffee and around the world.
She also renewed her WBC judging license and attained the World Latte Art Judge qualification making it possible to train and judge these events locally, regionally and at the world stage.
Congratulations to the new Q Graders and to our Lead Instructor, and wishing the success and advancement of the Q Program and SCA Education in South Africa and the rest of Africa.
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