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SCA Sensory Skills Intermediate 9. – 10. November 2020

November 9 @ 9:30 am - November 10 @ 4:30 pm CET

Date & Time

November 9th to November 10th
9:30 - 16:30


Rose van Asten | Your Coffee Companion
Geurdeland 17H
Andelst, 6673DR Netherlands

Venue description

Rose van Asten is an SCA certified Barista Training Hub located just an hour by car from Amsterdam and 15 minutes from Nijmegen. Her center is home to professional certified trainers, each with their own specialization. With extensive experience in hospitality (coffee, tea, cocktails), marketing, sales, people management and even championship training they offer allround consultancy and high end quality barista-training. Rose van Asten | Your Coffee Companion is a knowledge hub where starters become professionals and professionals become champions.
Jesper Alstrup
Master degree in Food Innovation and Health
My studies in Food Innovation and Health allowed me to gain holistic knowledge and competences in the various steps of food product development. This involves food and aroma chemistry, product design, innovation, sensory profiling, consumer testing and much more. During my time as a student I assisted Ida Steen in sensory training and profiling. The many great experiences led to a growing interest in the speciality coffee industry. This inspired me to conduct research projects about coffee, and finally to write my Master’s thesis on the effect of roast profile modulations on the sensory perception of ‘body’ in the coffee brew. The coffee industry became the perfect platform for me to apply my knowledge. I specialize in sensory testing of roast profile modulations, in which I can utilize my academic knowledge for a practical purpose that highly motivates me. One of my key functions in CoffeeMind is to conduct research with a high standard of scientific principles. Experience in both roasting and sensory evaluation allows me to empower professionals who seek to improve their experimental approach in developing new roast profiles. The goal of my consultation is to assist individuals in self-development, and not merely presenting the solution. I believe a much higher impact is achieved by providing tools that allow for increased independence and consistency in the approach to roasting and sensory evaluation.

Advance your knowledge and skills


Our aim of the SCA Sensory Skills Intermediate course is to provide you with a firm knowledge of the principles of sensory science and methodology in a practical and palpable way. The main focus of the course is the use of discriminative testing for quality control. Theory within sensory physiology and psychology is taken to a higher level, focusing on how we as humans are prone to several biases in our sensory evaluations. Lastly, we practice the SCA cupping form and protocol.


You should sign up if you want to deepen your knowledge into sensory methodology, learn to set up a sensory panel and run discriminative tests that are particularly useful in quality control of coffee. The techniques taught at the course are essential to the sensory professional, and are widely applicable in any step of the coffee chain. Furthermore, you will get more experienced and confident in your ability to set up and run an SCA cupping.


The course strikes a great balance between theory and practice by focusing on exercises that clarify theoretical concepts and sensory methods. We believe in learning by doing, and focus our courses on activities that facilitate greater learning.

The second day ends with an exam consisting of a written and a practical part. The written exam is 35 multiple choice questions, and the practical exam tests whether you are able to rank the basic tastes in water, rank intensity and quality of coffee samples, discriminate between coffee samples and identify nine Le Nez du Cafe aromas.

When passing the exam you receive the Speciality Coffee Association (SCA) Sensory Skills Intermediate Certificate.

You will be taught everything you need to know during the day, but if you want to be prepared beforehand, we recommend you to read our Sensory Intermediate book. It is highly recommended to have passed the Sensory Skills Foundation course prior to attempting the Intermediate level. This is however not a requirement.

Prerequisites & SCA Certificate

  • SCA Sensory Skills Foundation (recommended)
  • The course provides you with key information enabling you to get your Sensory Skills Intermediate Certification
  • Examination consists of 4 short practical exams and a written exam (25 questions – pass rate of 70% required)
  • Successful students will be awarded 10 points towards the SCA Coffee Diploma

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