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Sensory Performance 9. – 10. September 2020

September 9 @ 10:00 am - September 10 @ 4:00 pm CEST



Date & Time

September 9th to September 10th
10:00 - 16:00


CoffeeMind Academy
Jernholmen 43-47
Hvidovre, 2650 Denmark

Venue description

CoffeeMind Academy shares premises with Kontra Coffees roasting facilities so the training is embedded in an operating roastery which extends the experience with an extra dimension of authenticity and experience
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.
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Test, theory & training


Our sensory performance course is a two-day course + six weeks sensory training process designed to improve your sensory skills!

The first day is a skills assessment day where to get to know your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to taste and smell. You will get to try a range of sensory tests with the basic tastes, aromas and various coffees. All developed in order to identify exactly where you are. The day finishes with a sensory profiling: a coffee tasting where we use multivariate statistics to analyse the results.

The next day is planned to take you from where you are to the next level! We will start the day with theory on sensory methodology and continue by giving you feedback on the coffee tasting you did the previous day. Thereafter we will dig into the most interesting aspects of sensory science, give you methods used for quality control and continue the sensory training!

After the two-day course we will provide you with an online training program that encourage you to start a journey to improve your sense of taste and smell through a sensory and cognitive training program.   


If you work with coffee or any other food product you know how essential your sense of taste and smell is, especially for quality assurance. Considerable research has proven that we can improve our senses through training, in the same way as we can train to become a faster runner, we can also train to become a better coffee taster!

Sign up if you want to become better, and would like to know more about your sense of taste and smell. As for example if you want to be sure that you can distinguish between bitter and acidic, recognise umami, detect black currant or green apple, or get to know your sensitivity to bitterness. In other words if you want to feel more confident when tasting coffee and trust your own sense of smell and taste, this course is for you.


The course consists of a sensory skills assessment day, a training and knowledge day and thereafter six weeks of online training proved to improve the sensory performance of coffee tasters. You just have to get online and follow the training instructions with your own sensory-kit with props!

You receive a small training kit with ingredients and instructions on how to prepare solutions of the five basic tastes. You will also receive aroma samples to train your sense of smell and a list of ideas on how to train alongside the online training.

Prerequisites & Certification

  • No experience required
  • The course provides you with key information enabling you to get your Sensory Performance Certification
  • This is not a SCA certicifation, but a CoffeeMind certification proved to improve your sensory performance
  • No exams

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