SCA Sensory Skills Intermediate (2 Days) $1,200

SCA Sensory Skills Intermediate (2 Days) $1,200

Sensory Skills training for coffee professionals

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This 2 day course is suitable for those who want to pursue a career where sensory skills are integral in the quality evaluation of coffee (e.g. coffee roastery or green coffee trader).

It is assumed that the student has some experience in coffee cupping, or they have completed the SCA Sensory Skills Foundation course.

You will learn critical knowledge and skills for cupping including:

  • How human physiology is used to smell and taste.
  • How sensory perception is impacted by psychology.
  • How to discriminate between various levels of acidity and bitterness in solution.
  • How to identify and categorise key aromas in coffee.
  • How to identify common mouthfeel sensations.
  • How the coffee value chain impacts coffee flavour.
  • Understanding the 3 main sensory test types - Difference, Descriptive, and Affective.
  • How to use Triangulation, In/Out, Difference From Control, and the CVA Cupping Protocol.
  • How to use the SCA CVA cupping forms.

You will also learn knowledge and skills essential for quality control systems, including:

  • Statistical analysis.
  • Setting up a Sensory Panel.
  • Screening Tasters.
  • Green Coffee quality control.

Students who successfully complete the practical exam on day 2 of the course must then successfully complete an online exam after the course to receive the internationally recognised SCA Sensory Skills Intermediate certification.  SCA Sensory Skills Intermediate certification earns credit towards the SCA Roastery Diploma and the SCA Coffee Trade Diploma.

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What you will learn

  • How we taste, perceive, and interpret
  • How to discriminate between various levels of acidity and bitterness in solution
  • How to identify key aromas

What you will get

  • Access to the world’s leading coffee education program
  • Detailed course notes
  • Participants who successfully complete the written & practical exams will receive internationally recognised certification, and earn points towards the SCA Coffee Diploma.

What to bring

  • Your interest to learn!

What to wear


Appropriate for

Pre-requisites: It is recommended that you have completed the SCA Introduction to Coffee certification, and have some experience of working in this field before attempting this level, or have successfully passed SCA Sensory Skills Foundation.

Genovese Coffee

(174 Reviews)

Genovese Coffee has been in coffee for 3 generations, and we have over 60 years of experience.

We offer a range of courses to suit new or experienced baristas, as well as those who want to improve their home espresso.  All of our courses have practical, detailed theory, as well as activities so you can apply your skills during the course.

Our courses are led by award winning, highly experienced, and internationally certified professionals who make it easy for you to understand coffee in our certified SCA Premier Training Campus, with state of the art espresso, brewing, and roasting equipment, located close to Melbourne’s CBD.

For those wanting to take their coffee career to the next level, we also offer the world’s only internationally recognised coffee education program – The Specialty Coffee Association Coffee Skills Program, including Roasting; Sensory Skills; Green Coffee; Barista Skills; and Brewing.

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5.0 (4 reviews)
Zhengchengrated it
31 Mar 2023
This course deserves a five-star rating! Simon is an exceptional teacher who not only possesses vast knowledge and professionalism but also demonstrates remarkable patience towards his students. The in-class practices and study materials are so well-prepared, and I have learned so much from him. I highly recommend this course to anyone who not only works in the coffee industry but also those who has a profound interest in sensory coffee experience.
Abdullahrated it
23 Nov 2022
Mr. Simon was a great and knowledgeable man. Lots of information gained in this course.
Nguyenrated it
25 Mar 2017
I've learned a lot from this course, in fact more than what I expected. My tutor Simon James was exceptionally helpful and knowledgeable, and was always on hand to offer guidance and practical assistance if needed. He's a good counselor and I greatly appreciated our correspondence. This course is a great help for people who want to improve their knowlegde about coffee, as well as being able to apply the theory of Sensory Analysis to their workplace. I highly recommended!
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


  • A refund can be requested 14 days before class starts. An admin fee of AU$20.00 applies.
  • A transfer can be requested anytime before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

Terms & Conditions

We appreciate your choice of Genovese Coffee for your coffee education, and our course pricing reflects the following:

  • The quality of the training provided.
  • Pre-class preparation.
  • The quality of the equipment & the cost of materials used.
  • Small class sizes.
  • The ongoing development of our trainers.

Once your booking is confirmed and your payment is cleared, we begin the process of preparing your class.  Although we understand events or illness may require that you reschedule or cancel your booking, our refund and rescheduling policy reflects the costs incurred in the preparation of the scheduled class.

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