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SCA Sensory Skills Intermediate 9. – 10. March 2022

March 9 @ 10:00 am March 10 @ 4:00 pm CET


Our aim of the sensory 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 for this course if you want to go deeper into sensory methodology and learn to set up a sensory panel and run discriminative tests that are particularly useful in quality control of your coffees. The techniques taught in 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.

Prerequisites & SCA Certificate

  • It is highly recommended to have passed the SCA Sensory Skills Foundation course prior to attempting the Intermediate level. This is however not a requirement.
  • The course provides you with key information enabling you to get your Sensory Skills Intermediate Certification
  • SCA Sensory Skills Intermediate book by Ida Steen is not a requirement but could help you prepare for the course: Amazon UKAmazon DEAmazon US
  • A successful participation in this course will provide you with the opportunity to do the SCA Sensory Skills Intermediate online written exam and acquire the corresponding certificate. Please note that if you choose to progress to the SCA certification, there is an additional fee charged by SCA administered by us for issuing the certificate. Prices and procedure are described here: SCA’s certificate fees

Jernholmen 43-47
Hvidovre, 2650 Denmark
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+45 3029 3089

March 9 @ 10:00 am March 10 @ 4:00 pm CET

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