Education

 

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thursday, april 19th

Cherry to Seed – Experiments in Coffee Processing

Experimentation during coffee’s processing stages is becoming more and more popular. Raisin method and Dry Washed Processing, lactic and anerobic fermentation, white honey and black honey. How do you keep track? What does it taste like? In this class, we will discuss these new processing methods and the thought process behind them. Following with a cupping of those coffees.

Time: 8:30 - 11:00am

Location: Room 606/607

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $195
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $295
Member Regular Rate: $245
Non-Member Regular Rate: $345

Introduction to Coffee

Designed as the ideal course for anyone who is new to the coffee industry or just has an interest in this wonderful drink. It charts coffee’s journey from its origins in Ethiopia to the major commodity it is today, enjoyed by millions of people around the world. From farming the cherries through drying, roasting, brewing and finally drinking, this module looks at the processes coffee goes through. This half day course also includes a “coffee cupping” which allows you to taste the various flavors coffee has to offer.

Time: 12 - 4pm

Location: Room 611/612

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $245
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $345
Member Regular Rate: $295
Non-Member Regular Rate: $395

Sustainability Essentials for the Coffee Professional

This course is an introduction to sustainability thinking in relation to coffee. Attendees will gain knowledge and skills that will enable them to identify key sustainability issues across the coffee value chain, understand unintended consequences, and take impactful action. We believe that for the specialty coffee industry to survive, and ultimately thrive, sustainable thinking must be embraced by all actors in the value chain.

Time: 12 - 4pm

Location: Room: 613/614

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $95
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $195
Member Regular Rate: $145
Non-Member Regular Rate: $245

Key Customer Service Elements Essential to Success as a Specialty Coffee Equipment Repair Technician

Customer service and understanding job flow are imperative parts of being a skilled specialty coffee equipment technician. Students will evaluate the key elements of customer service and work together as a group to apply the principles of customer service to different situations one would encounter in the field. They will identify different types of jobs and the correlating paperwork and responsibilities that should be associated with completing them. The class will collectively review and discuss the role of a technician and the limitations of that role, in relation to safety and regulations.

Time: 12:30 - 2pm

Location: Room: 604

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $165
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $265
Member Regular Rate: $195
Non-Member Regular Rate: $295

FRIDAY, APRIL 20TH

Roast Level Exploration & Profile Design

Designed to give students an understanding of the roasting process, the module covers the roast cycle and how to control sensory aspects of the coffee by roasting light or dark. Also covered are roast defects, the physical changes that beans undergo during the roasting process, as well as workspace management and lean production. Specifically the Foundation level gives a basic understanding of the roasting process, including the roast cycle and how to control sensory aspects of the coffee by roasting light or dark

Time 8:00am - 11:30am

Location: Hand Carry Area

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $245
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $345
Member Regular Rate: $295
Non-Member Regular Rate: $395

Barista Foundation Level Course

Designed to introduce core barista skills to people with no previous barista experience. Successful candidates should be able to calibrate their grinders and make an espresso and cappuccino to core standards. Introduction to Coffee is a recommended (but not mandatory) pre-requisite module. All knowledge and skill from these modules will be assumed as being held and may be tested through the practical and/or written assessments.

Time 8:30am - 5:30pm

Location: Room 608/609

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $395
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $495
Member Regular Rate: $445
Non-Member Regular Rate: $545

Sensory Foundation Level Course

Designed to introduce core sensory skills to people with no previous coffee tasting experience. The course will expose and sensitize a student on the notion of specialty vs non-specialty coffee. Enabling the student to recognize the core concepts of sensory analysis, and explain why and how coffee professionals use it in the coffee industry. Broad focus will be put on identifying, describing, and discriminating aroma, taste and body in coffees objectively. Students will be introduced to the SCA cupping protocol and methodology and reflect on the qualitative dimension of this evaluation methodology. Introduction to Coffee is a recommended (but not mandatory) pre-requisite module.

Time 8:30am - 5:30pm

Location: Room 606/607

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $395
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $495
Member Regular Rate: $445
Non-Member Regular Rate: $545

Brewing Foundation Level Course

Designed to introduce core brewing skills and equipment to people with no previous brewing experience. Successful candidates should be able to grind and brew to the correct recipe & brew method to produce great coffee. Introduction to Coffee is a recommended (but not mandatory) pre-requisite module. All knowledge and skill from these modules will be assumed as being held and may be tested through the practical and/or written assessments.

Time 8:30am - 5:30pm

Location: Room 611/612

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $395
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $495
Member Regular Rate: $445
Non-Member Regular Rate: $545

Green Coffee Foundation Level Course

Designed to cover key concepts surrounding green coffee from growing the plant, through processing, shipping and storage to arrival at a roastery.

Time 8:30am - 5:30pm

Location: Room 613/614

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $395
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $495
Member Regular Rate: $445
Non-Member Regular Rate: $545

Barista Intermediate Level Course - Friday & Saturday

Designed to test key core and more advanced skills and understanding, expected from a competent barista (for example, from someone working as a barista for 6 months or more). Successful candidates should be able to dial in a brew recipe, make a full range of drinks with quality and speed, as well as understand the basic requirements for customer service and maintenance. Introduction to Coffee and Barista Foundation are recommended (but not mandatory) pre-requisite modules. All knowledge and skill from these modules will be assumed as being held and may be tested through the practical and/or written assessments.

Time 9am - 5pm

Location: Room 602/603

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $735
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $835
Member Regular Rate: $785
Non-Member Regular Rate: $885

Sensory Intermediate Level Course - Friday & Saturday

Designed to enable the student to apply core concepts of sensory science in order to objectively analyze aroma, taste, and body differences in coffee. Students will be introduced to various testing methods including triangle and in/out, and they will progress in their calibration to the SCA cupping form. Students will examine basic requirements for developing a sensory program at their place of employment. Sensory Foundation course is a recommended (but not mandatory) pre-requisite module.

Time 9am - 5pm

Location: Room 604

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $735
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $835
Member Regular Rate: $785
Non-Member Regular Rate: $885

Brewing Intermediate Level Course - Friday & Saturday

Designed to introduce the concept of scientifically measuring coffee extraction and to explore the elements of coffee brewing, brewing intermediate helps the coffee professional manipulate brew techniques to improve coffee quality. Brewing Foundation is a recommended pre-requisite (but not mandatory) pre-requisite module. All knowledge and skill from these modules will be assumed as being held and may be tested through the practical and/or written assessments. All coffee brewed during this course will be measured and charted by the AST for Strength and Extraction. Allow for discussion and questions.

Time 9am - 5pm

Location: Room 616/617

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $735
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $835
Member Regular Rate: $785
Non-Member Regular Rate: $885

Roasting Foundation Level Course

Designed to introduce core roasting skills and equipment to people with no previous roasting experience. The student will be able to describe the various stages of roasting using all terminology from the keyword list below. Sensory Foundation Level, Green Coffee Foundation Level and Introduction to Coffee are recommended prerequisites for the Roasting Foundation course.

Time 9:30am - 4:30pm

Location: Hand Carry Area

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $395
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $495
Member Regular Rate: $445
Non-Member Regular Rate: $545

Can You Taste the Roasting System?

This workshop seeks to explore common thoughts and misconceptions in the roasting community about the flavor of coffees coming from a certain manufacture/system of roasting machine. Through exploring this concept, students will gain a greater understanding of what elements go into the creation of a profile, what control points are specifically relevant for flavor development, and ideally walk away with a clearer perspective on coffee roasting and Roasting Systems.

Time 12 - 3pm

Location: Hand Carry Area

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $245
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $345
Member Regular Rate: $295
Non-Member Regular Rate: $395

SATURDAY, APRIL 21st

Espresso Exploration

We often only drink 1-2 different coffees while working in a café. That can lead to not knowing the possibilities of different flavor profiles. Espresso Exploration gives students the opportunity to explore various and new coffees, while also learning how to anticipate the extraction of a coffee based on roast level, processing, and maybe even age.

Time 8 - 11am

Location: Room 608/609

Instructor: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $195
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $295
Member Regular Rate: $245
Non-Member Regular Rate: $345

Sensory Foundation Level Course

Designed to introduce core sensory skills to people with no previous coffee tasting experience. The course will expose and sensitize a student on the notion of specialty vs non-specialty coffee. Enabling the student to recognize the core concepts of sensory analysis, and explain why and how coffee professionals use it in the coffee industry. Broad focus will be put on identifying, describing, and discriminating aroma, taste and body in coffees objectively. Students will be introduced to the SCA cupping protocol and methodology and reflect on the qualitative dimension of this evaluation methodology. Introduction to Coffee is a recommended (but not mandatory) pre-requisite module.

Time 8:30am - 5:30pm

Location: Room 606/607

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $395
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $495
Member Regular Rate: $445
Non-Member Regular Rate: $545

Brewing Foundation Level Course

Designed to introduce core brewing skills and equipment to people with no previous brewing experience. Successful candidates should be able to grind and brew to the correct recipe & brew method to produce great coffee. Introduction to Coffee is a recommended (but not mandatory) pre-requisite module. All knowledge and skill from these modules will be assumed as being held and may be tested through the practical and/or written assessments.

Time 8:30am - 5:30pm

Location: 611/612

Instrutors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $395
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $495
Member Regular Rate: $445
Non-Member Regular Rate: $545

Roasting Foundation Level Course

Designed to introduce core roasting skills and equipment to people with no previous roasting experience. The student will be able to describe the various stages of roasting using all terminology from the keyword list below. Sensory Foundation Level, Green Coffee Foundation Level and Introduction to Coffee are recommended prerequisites for the Roasting Foundation course.

Time 8:30am - 5:30pm

Location: Hand Carry Freight

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $395
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $495
Member Regular Rate: $445
Non-Member Regular Rate: $545

The New SCA Coffee Flavor Wheel

The SCA Flavor wheel is a tool designed to unify the language around coffee flavor. This class describes the development and science behind the 2016 version of the wheel. Learn how the World Coffee Research Sensory Lexicon was formed and how to use the lexicon alongside the wheel. Practice describing coffees with a wide variety of official references and start standardizing your coffee vocabulary. Improve the way you communicate within your company, your importer, and your entire supply chain by using the coffee flavor wheel.

Time 8:30 - 11am

Location: Room 613/614

Instructor: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $195
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $295
Member Regular Rate: $245
Non-Member Regular Rate: $345

Barista Foundation Level Course

Designed to introduce core barista skills to people with no previous barista experience. Successful candidates should be able to calibrate their grinders and make an espresso and cappuccino to core standards. Introduction to Coffee is a recommended (but not mandatory) pre-requisite module. All knowledge and skill from these modules will be assumed as being held and may be tested through the practical and/or written assessments.

Time 9am - 5pm

Location: Room 608/609

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $395
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $495
Member Regular Rate: $445
Non-Member Regular Rate: $545

Green Coffee Foundation Level Course

Designed to cover key concepts surrounding green coffee from growing the plant, through processing, shipping and storage to arrival at a roastery.

Time 8:30am - 5:30pm

Location: Room 613/614

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $395
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $495
Member Regular Rate: $445
Non-Member Regular Rate: $545

Barista Intermediate Level Course - Friday & Saturday

Designed to test key core and more advanced skills and understanding, expected from a competent barista (for example, from someone working as a barista for 6 months or more). Successful candidates should be able to dial in a brew recipe, make a full range of drinks with quality and speed, as well as understand the basic requirements for customer service and maintenance. Introduction to Coffee and Barista Foundation are recommended (but not mandatory) pre-requisite modules. All knowledge and skill from these modules will be assumed as being held and may be tested through the practical and/or written assessments.

Time 9am - 5pm

Location: Room 602/603

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $735
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $835
Member Regular Rate: $785
Non-Member Regular Rate: $885

Advanced Customer Service

Going beyond our old customer service class to include hospitality, internal customer service...Some mock interactions. We will take a look at store layout opportunities, menu design and layout, handling issues and problems, and customer service to and from your vendors.

Time 12 - 1:30pm

Location: Room 608/609

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $195
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $295
Member Regular Rate: $245
Non-Member Regular Rate: $345

Water Chemistry and the SCA Water Booklet

Dive into the chemistry of water and how it effects all coffee beverages in this interactive class. This special class begins with the basics of water chemistry, explains the SCA water booklet, and practices altering water chemistry to effect the physical and flavor dynamics of brewed coffee. We will learn some chemistry but also spend lots of time tasting and making coffee Learn how to measure your water, understand where you want to go with it, and treat it in order to make the best tasting coffee possible while keeping your equipment safe.

Time 12 - 2:30pm

Location: Room 613/614

Instructor: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $195
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $295
Member Regular Rate: $245
Non-Member Regular Rate: $345

Train the Barista Trainer

Training is one of the most important and overlooked aspects in the café environment. Often, trainers are pulling from just their own training experience, which can lead to a poor experience with the staff. The Train the trainer course will help café owners, and managers take a holistic and flexible approach to building a training program, and learn the ways different adults absorb information. The train the trainer model is a successful approach to delegating the task of training to motivated and incentivized staff.

Time 8:30 - 11am

Location: Room 608/609

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $195
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $295
Member Regular Rate: $245
Non-Member Regular Rate: $345

Farm Workers: Risk Mitigation and Sustainability in Your Supply Chains

Farmworkers are the most vulnerable group involved in coffee production. However, little we know about their situation and challenges. In addition, new legislation makes this issue more relevant to coffee companies in every link of the supply chain. This workshop will cover the key areas that make farmworkers issues relevant to the coffee supply chain (compliance, labor supply, brand risk, social justice) and explore specific initiatives that companies of every side and every link in the coffee supply chain could take to manage risk and improve sustainability of the situation of farmworkers in their own supply chains.

Time 3 - 5pm

Location: Room 613/614

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $45
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $145
Member Regular Rate: $95
Non-Member Regular Rate: $195


SUNDAY, APRIL 22nD

Espresso Exploration

We often only drink 1-2 different coffees while working in a café. That can lead to not knowing the possibilities of different flavor profiles. Espresso Exploration gives students the opportunity to explore various and new coffees, while also learning how to anticipate the extraction of a coffee based on roast level, processing, and maybe even age.

Time 8 - 11am

Location: Room 608/609

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $195
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $295
Member Regular Rate: $245
Non-Member Regular Rate: $345

Introduction to Coffee

Designed as the ideal course for anyone who is new to the coffee industry or just has an interest in this wonderful drink. It charts coffee’s journey from its origins in Ethiopia to the major commodity it is today, enjoyed by millions of people around the world. From farming the cherries through drying, roasting, brewing and finally drinking, this module looks at the processes coffee goes through. This half day course also includes a “coffee cupping” which allows you to taste the various flavours coffee has to offer.

Time: 9am - 1pm

Location: Room 611/612

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $245
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $345
Member Regular Rate: $295
Non-Member Regular Rate: $395

Heat Transfer and the Roast Machine

This workshop is designed to explore the roasting process and machine with regards to the measurement and control of Heat Transfer. Focusing on defining key terminology and concepts, investigating the nuances of measuring heat energy with thermocouples, and how to use typical controls on a roasting machine to make it operate in a desired way, this class is sure to be a good source of knowledge for any coffee roasting professional.

Time: 9am - 12pm

Location: Hand Carry Area

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $245
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $345
Member Regular Rate: $295
Non-Member Regular Rate: $395

Key Customer Service Elements Essential to Success as a Specialty Coffee Equipment Repair Technician

This workshop explains how the various commercial brewing machines work; specifically, the difference between how pressure brew and gravity brew systems operates. Attendees will walk away understanding the fundamental description of the mechanical processes involved in each version of brewer, and through the practical, hands lab students will understand how the machines work in the real world.

Time 9am - 12pm

Location: Room 602/603

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $195
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $295
Member Regular Rate: $245
Non-Member Regular Rate: $345

The New SCA Coffee Flavor Wheel

The SCA Flavor wheel is a tool designed to unify the language around coffee flavor. This class describes the development and science behind the 2016 version of the wheel. Learn how the World Coffee Research Sensory Lexicon was formed and how to use the lexicon alongside the wheel. Practice describing coffees with a wide variety of official references and start standardizing your coffee vocabulary. Improve the way you communicate within your company, your importer, and your entire supply chain by using the coffee flavor wheel.

Time 9:30am - 12pm

Location: Room 613/614

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $195
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $295
Member Regular Rate: $245
Non-Member Regular Rate: $345

Water Chemistry and the SCA Water Booklet

Dive into the chemistry of water and how it effects all coffee beverages in this interactive class. This special class begins with the basics of water chemistry, explains the SCA water booklet, and practices altering water chemistry to effect the physical and flavor dynamics of brewed coffee. We will learn some chemistry but also spend lots of time tasting and making coffee Learn how to measure your water, understand where you want to go with it, and treat it in order to make the best tasting coffee possible while keeping your equipment safe.

Time 9:30am - 12:00pm

Location: Room 606/607

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $195
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $295
Member Regular Rate: $245
Non-Member Regular Rate: $345

Designing Your Customer's Experience Using Cutting Edge Specialty Coffee Research

Meeting the needs of the specialty coffee consumer is crucial in the success of any coffee business. How well do you know your customers? For the past 5 years, SCA has been conducting a variety of research studies aimed at increasing our understanding of the specialty coffee consumer. These studies range from qualitative focus-group sessions to quantitative survey-based research. This workshop will explore insights from each study, inspire thought and conversation around identifying who your consumer is and how to better meet their needs. You will engage in activities, receive copies of each report (retail value $X), and develop a design for the experience you want to create for your customers.

Time 10am - 12:30pm

Location: Room 613/614

Instructors: Coming Soon

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $165
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $265
Member Regular Rate: $195
Non-Member Regular Rate: $295