We deeply believe that knowledge is the core of the coffee culture. It is not about agronomics, coffee growing, farm operations and the supply chain only. It goes far beyond. In coffee, we deal with history, economics, international trade, different cultures and different people. Last but not least, there must be focus on each customer’s demand and, for that, it comes the knowledge of selecting the right green coffee, roasting it and how to use the different methods of preparation to deliver a perfect cup of coffee to the consumer.
We duly believe that there’s always something new to learn. Coffee knowledge is a no-ending journey on an endless universe which we love to be part of.
Our coffee courses are directed to customers and companies interested in not only learning, but living all what a real farm experience can offer.
You will find below a list of courses available at O’Coffee – Brazilian Estates: Green Coffee, Sensory Skills, Roasting and Barista Skills.
Genetic diversity, varietal differences, positive and negative factors among varieties.
Ideal conditions of temperature, altitude, rainfall, soil, topography, microclimates.
Planting, nutrition, soil management, pests and diseases prevention.
Understand different methods as selective, manual and mechanical.
Understand in detail fully washed, natural, pulped natural, semi-washed, demucilaged and honey processes.
Sun drying on the tree, drying on the patio, parabolic drying, African beds and mechanical drying.
Milling, Warehouse and Exports
Hulling, separation by size, weight and color, packaging types and quality preservation.
Physical Analysis of Green Coffee
Identify major defects in coffee, its origins and consequences.
Identify grades, sizes and how to classify green coffee.
Future markets, contracts, incoterms, logistics, world production, price management.
Importance, cost, benefits, implications, differences between certifications.
Acid, Bitter, Sweet, Body, Astringency, Pungent.
Flavor and Aroma
Discrimination of 4 levels of acid and bitterness.
Positive Aromas and Flavors
Floral, Nutty, Spices, Winey, Cocoa, Sweet, Fruity.
Negative Aromas and Flavors
Phenolic, Rio, Woody, Rubber, Roasted, Bitter, Other.
Eye, nose and mouth.
Cupping Key Terms
Match key cupping terminology with detailed explanation.
Ability to Score Coffees
Ability to score coffees and describe attributes as acidity, bitter, sweet perception, body and specific flavors.
Preparation, tasting, cupping form and results.
SCAA Standard Protocols
Learn the standard protocols and terminology.
Core Equipment for Tasting
Identify equipment that is necessary for a cupping session.
Different stages present in the overall process of converting green coffee into well roasted coffee beans.
Effect of fire and heat control.
Identify First Crack Beans
How to identify the moment of the first crack beans.
Flame Control After First Crack
Demonstrate how to design and apply a flame control strategy around first crack.
Roast Color Identification
Analyze roast color in different stages of the roast.
Visually and sensorial identify roast defects (fast, scorched, baked, underdeveloped) and know their causes.
Volume Effects on Roast
Differences of roasting due to volume, measure and compare volume before and after roasting.
Differences among Roasters
Understand the basic differences of roasters.
Tools for Roasting
Explain the use of various supporting tools and equipment and their application to coffee roasting.
Understanding the importance of using fresh and high quality coffee beans.
Dosing techniques, grind calibration and textures.
Water temperature, hot water time of contact with coffee and filter methods.
Methods of Extraction
Extraction types, differences and sensory results according to extraction.
Espresso, espresso varieties, quantity and machines.
Quality of the milk, temperature, preparation and cappuccino techniques.
During your coffee course, you will stay in a confortable guesthouse located inside the farm, enjoying the centennial old-style buildings full of history and relaxing moments between the classes.
COFFEE DIPLOMA SYSTEM
If becoming a certified coffee professional is what you are looking for, we can provide CDS certification through the partnership we established with major coffee schools in Europe, which will guide you on this amazing journey of learning about coffee!
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