SET Course – BERLIN, GERMANY (June 9-12, 2019)


Fee for Non-Member: $1345 USD
COE Members: $1100 USD

WHEN: June 9th – June 12th, 2019
WHERE: Roastery & Lab @19grams Alex, Hackesche Meile, Karl-Liebknecht Straße 13, 10178 Berlin

Flight and Hotel stays not included. Lunch to be provided during each day.

Hotel Recommendations:

Ibis am Alexanderplatz
ibis budget Berlin Alexanderplatz
Mollstrasse 30, 10249 Berlin

Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Hackescher Markt
An der Spandauer Brücke 11, 10178 Berlin

Motel One Berlin-Hackescher Markt
Dircksenstraße 36, 10179 Berlin

Member discount available! Join us or log in here



SET will take place in the incredible city of Berlin in partnership with our friends at Tres Cabezas / 19 grams. In 2002 Robert Stock and Sascha Spittel founded Tres Cabezas, a specialty coffee brand, dedicated to superior quality, sustainability and direct connections to coffee farmers in originating countries. They opened the first Tres Cabezas café in one of the former rough Kiez of Berlin, Friedrichshain , at the Boxenhagener Strasse 74. In 2014 a new line of products was launched by Tres Cabezas under the name 19grams.

Over the four-day course you will participate in:

  • In-depth lectures and discussions on COE, what is specialty coffee and what makes COE coffee unique.
  • Various sensory exercises designed to help you grow in how you perceive and understand aroma and taste. These exercises will be the start of learning to calibrate with the group.
  • Tastings designed to demonstrate the importance of correct cupping procedure and the effects of different variables on cup profile.
  • Tasting common defects in coffee.
  • Learning about the COE method for scoring coffee.
  • Calibrating with a diverse group of cuppers over multiple cupping sessions.
  • Introduction and discussion around COE’s unique way of evaluating cuppers skill and confidants.
  • A test designed after the program COE uses to select National Jury members.

Classes will begin at 9:00 and finish at 4:30 pm with an hour break for lunches, which will be provided. Be prepared to experience Cup of Excellence (COE). You’ll cup many different coffees, processes and cultivars, practice logistics and cupping protocol of a COE cupping and take an exam just like National Jury sensory professionals. This will show you how you are calibrated with the rest of the jury as well as your sensory confidence with samples that are representative score.

The first two days we focus on COE cupping, the protocol of identifying qualities, identifying common flavor attributes, scoring and a common language. We then will advance to expose all participants to technical approach on our quality variables, different varietals and some common defects. Sessions include lab, lecture and active discussions. We will also provide coffees from other countries for you to taste and learn; processed naturals and honeys/pulped naturals & varieties, etc.

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