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Intro to Cupping and the SCA Cupping Form

September 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Intro to Cupping is a course designed for coffee enthusiasts and professionals with some tasting experience who are ready to take their cupping skills to the next level.

This course gives a detailed guide for setting up and executing a great cupping in a professional environment, with thorough discussion and dedicated practice scoring coffees on the SCA cupping form.

While every coffee lab evaluates coffees their own way, there are also a set of standards that help professionals taste and communicate effectively with others in the industry. Students taking this class will be better prepared to engage in common practices and have meaningful discussions about the coffees they taste.

Students will walk away from the class with

  • an intimate understanding of scoring practices and the industry’s standard cup scoring mechanism

  • the ability to participate in as well as set up and accomplish professional cuppings

  • digital documents related to the coursework


About the Instructors

Chris Kornman, Education & Lab Manager, The Crown

Chris Kornman is a seasoned coffee quality specialist, avid writer and researcher, and the Lab & Education Manager at The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room. Formerly a QC manager, cupper, educator, green coffee buyer, and roaster at Intelligentsia under the guidance of Geoff Watts, Chris logged thousands of miles across the coffee lands in East Africa and Brazil. His passion for coffee and education has led him to speaking opportunities at Anacafé in Guatemala City, Roasters Guild Sensory Summit at UC Davis, as part of the Academic Agenda for the Café de Colombia Expo in Bogotá, and in front of humming roasters and slurping coffee tasters worldwide.

Candice Madison

Director of Roasting, Royal Coffee, Inc. 

Candice Madison has worked in specialty coffee for nearly 10 years. An accomplished barista, roaster and trainer, she is a Q Arabica Instructor and SCA AST. Candice teaches at The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, as well as at Global Expo and Roasters’ Guild Retreat events. She is currently the Director of Roasting at The Crown where she is working to build and implement a comprehensive multi-level roasting course offering. She is a member of the SCA Equity Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and her vocation is the unceasing quest for quality of coffee, and sustainable improvement of the lives of those who produce it, at every stage of the supply chain through education and purposeful engagement.


Visiting the Crown

We cannot wait to host you in our Tasting Room, at the Cupping Table or for a Coffee Course.

One of the special things about The Crown is that we are located in the heart of Uptown Oakland – a veritable paradise for coffee lovers & foodies alike. However, parking is limited in the area, and we highly encourage public transportation or ride sharing. Below are some resources to help you plan your visit.

For more information on visiting The Crown, please click here.


September 12, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room
2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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