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.
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.