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This class is meant for students who have graduated from Q Cupping Essentials or have equivalent coffee tasting experience. This six-day course and exam result in a Q Arabica Grader certification from the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI). This course is for well-trained coffee tasters who want to calibrate their palate vocabulary to a universal CQI standard.  This course is rigorous and consequently some students find it difficult to pass all exam portions the first time through. The final day will allow participants to retake certain tests as needed in hopes of completing the certification.


Q Arabica Certification consists of three days of review/instruction and three days of exams that test a student’s ability to accurately evaluate coffee. This course uses up-to-date standards of knowledge, experience, and CQI protocols, and includes 19 exams in nine modules.

This course is offered in partnership with Gather Coffee Co.

Jodi Dowell Weiser is a guest instructor with Coffee Project NY. She is a licensed Q Grader Instructor and coffee industry veteran with decades of experience in coffee evaluation and instruction.

The CQI Q Grading Certification is a comprehensive course in advanced coffee cupping and quality control and a sought-after career pathway among specialty coffee professionals. CQI testing is rigorous, hands-on, and designed for coffee careerists.

With the safety and health of our students and their communities in mind, Coffee Project NY requires proof of vaccination or documentation of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the day of our class.

For proof of vaccination, we accept (alongside photo ID):

  • CDC-issued Vaccination Cards
  • NYC Excelsior Pass
  • NYC Vaccination Record
  • NYC Covid Safe App with photos of your records
  • A government-issued record from outside the U.S.

The following are COVID Rapid Test sites near our Long Island City facility:

  • UMD Urgent Care LIC (5-35 50th Ave)
  • CityMD Long Island City (25-18 Queens Plaza S)

Please bring your documentation with you to your class. In addition, Coffee Project NY requires students to be masked at all times during class, unless actively coffee tasting. If you have any questions or concerns about these policies, feel free to reach out to class@coffeeprojectny.com.


April 1, 2022 @ 8:00 am
April 7, 2022 @ 6:00 pm
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Academy at Coffee Project
21-10 51st Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101 United States
(631) 684-2060