Q Grader - Mission Accomplished

Years of practice and training paid off on Sept. 23rd 2017. After a number of grueling tests that shook my palate to its very core I can officially confirm that I have passed my Q Exams. When I look back on how far I have come I can't help but remember the days as a kid walking into the cupping lab at what was then Nestle, watching various people slurping this strange brown liquid. Being immersed in green coffee since the age of 5 I've always had more knowledge and exposure to the raw product than the roasted coffee many people are exposed to every day. It was a strong foundation with green coffee that sparked my passion of coffee as a whole and now the other piece of the puzzle has finally been put into place. I am confident that this credential will show everyone in the industry, customers and peers alike, that HRSI is serious when it comes to coffee. 

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My Journey to the Q

Some may or may not know, but for the past couple years I have been on a mission to expand my knowledge of coffee and sensory evaluation. I decided to set a goal for myself that I would set out to attain Q-Grader status within 3 years, and I am happy to say that as of right now I am on track to take the Q-Exam in September of this year. With all that said, I can't help but think of how far I've come after I made the decision to follow in my father's footsteps. My long and arduous journey throughout the underbelly of the QA industry has brought me down a number of different avenues in the pursuit of knowledge and esteem. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I don't have any doubts about my final destination and that as my experience grows I keep becoming more and more satisfied with my career. Thanks Dad.