Course Sensory Skills Foundation

How trained are your senses? The Sensory Skills Foundation training is all about tasting, smelling and feeling. We start with the five senses and distinguish the five basic tastes. We then learn to cup your coffee according to the standards, what a sensory analysis is and how you can use it. Taste is of course subjective, we explain how that works and how tastes interact with each other. At the end of the day you can judge a coffee on taste, aroma and texture and use terms such as “mouthfeel” and “body.”

For this training, you can apply for the internationally recognized SCA Sensory Skills Foundation certificate.

One day (7 hours). We start at 10 am, we finish at 17 pm.
Preliminary training
If this is your first coffee training, Green Coffee Foundation and Barista Skills Intermediate are recommended (but not mandatory).
  • Training: € 367,00 excl. VAT (€ 444,07 incl. VAT) (including training materials and lunch)
  • SCA exam (optional): € 130,00 excl. VAT (€ 157,30 incl. VAT)
Training materials
No additional training materials are required for this training.
For whom?
The coffee professional who wants to develop his or her own taste and wants to learn to recognize and name flavors.
At the end of the day we evaluate your knowledge and skills. Have you successfully completed the day and do you also want to obtain the SCA certificate? Then you can take the SCA theory exam at home after the day’s training. With the knowledge you gained during the course day, you will be able to pass the theory exam.
Read our Dutch SCA page for more information.
Specialty Coffee Association (SCA)
The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) has created the Coffee Skills Program. This program consists of five different modules: Barista Skills, Brewing, Green Coffee, Sensory Skills and Roasting. Each module is offered at three levels: foundation, intermediate and professional. All modules are concluded with a practical and theoretical exam. On successful completion of a module an internationally accepted certificate can be requested. For more information about the certification system, please visit the SCA website.
You will learn…

  • distinguish the five human senses;
  • how you can use a sensory analysis as a measuring instrument;
  • to know the importance of sensory analysis in the coffee industry;
  • what are the four reasons for cupping coffee;
  • recognize the five basic tastes;
  • which flavors can be found most in coffees;
  • how tastes interact with each other;
  • why taste perception differs per individual;
  • what gives coffee its complex taste;
  • define the term “body”;
  • what cupping is exactly and what the SCA cupping method entails;
  • how you can judge aroma, taste and texture during cupping.
Further training
Tastes like more? You might want to take a look at the following courses:

Beoordeling van deze training door onze cursisten
Anoniem20 May 2024
Leuke training, enthousiaste en kundige trainer. Veel geproefd, veel geleerd.
Vladimir17 February 2023
Dennis Bosklopper5 December 2021
Voldeed volledig aan de verwachtingen! De trainer weet duidelijk waar hij het over heeft. Veel kunnen proberen, smaakt naar meer ;)
Martin Scheepbouwer3 December 2021
zeer interessante training gericht op smaakbeleving. Echt iets nieuws voor mij!
Emile Silvis31 October 2021
Stephan Zweers - LABROAST13 May 2021
Zeer zeer zeer goede training. Er wordt een zeer goede basis gelegd. Boven verwachting.
Peter Grasmeijer7 May 2021
Arnout de la Rambelje26 April 2021
Karlijn de Groot - Nieuwets - Grand café de Graanbeurs13 April 2021
Interessant training en wederom goede en leuke uitleg van Paul. Door de manier van trainen en uitleg word ik iedere keer nog enthousiaster over alle aspecten van koffie.
Romy16 February 2021
Zeer leerzame en leuke trainingsdag gehad bij ITC.

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