SCA Sensory Skills investigates how we perceive what we taste and how to evaluate coffee’s natural characteristics in a practical and interactive manner. This module is ideal for students interested in coffee grading and evaluation.
The physiology of taste and smell
Setting a cupping table and filling out standard cupping forms
Establishing and developing a coffee sensory vocabulary using the World Coffee Research sensory lexicon
Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) certification classes consist of of lectures, hands-on skill training, exam review, and applicable exams.
Chi Sum Ngai is Coffee Project NY’s co-founder, Head Roaster, and Green Coffee Buyer. She is a certified AST (Authorized SCA Trainer) and Q Arabica Grader. She speaks English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Malay, and she loves pugs.
Foundation-level classes are worth 5 points toward the 100-point SCA Coffee Skills Diploma requirement. Recommended follow-up classes are Intermediate level in the same module, or Foundation level in any other Coffee Skills Module. For more program details, see SCA Pathway Information.
Intermediate-level classes are worth 10 points toward the 100-point SCA Coffee Skills Diploma requirement. Recommended follow-up classes are Professional level in the same module, or Foundation level in any other Coffee Skills Module. For more program details, see SCA Pathway Information.
All SCA exam and certification fees are included in the cost for tickets. Exams and certification are optional for students who take class recreationally.
Currently, we do not offer discounted pricing for SCA Members.
Due to highly limited seating and the cost of producing each class, we kindly ask that if you need to change or cancel your reservation, please let us know as soon as possible. While we don’t offer refunds for classes, we will accommodate changes based on when you reach out to us and how much advance notice is given before the date of the reservation.
Over 4 weeks notice: free rescheduling or credit of equal value toward any class
Under 4 weeks notice: $50 rescheduling fee or credit of original value minus $50
Under 72 hours notice: 50% rescheduling fee or credit of 50% of original class value
Under 24 hours notice: no credit available
Please purchase classes carefully. Thank you for understanding.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.