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The Green Coffee Buyer Certificate covers the key concepts surrounding green coffee, from growing the plant, through processing, shipping, storage and arrival at a roaster.  It includes principles of coffee growing, processing and green coffee grading and coffee contracts and green coffee portfolio management. 

The Academy of Coffee Excellence's SCA Premier Training Campus has traditional open barrel sample roasters, micro-drum sample roaster and other sample roasting technologies for your use and training. There are green grading stations for 15 and multiple tools for measuring the density, moisture, color and size of the green coffee. Also available to Green Coffee Certificate Candidates are the assets of our Sensory, Brewing, Barista and Roasting Labs. For larger client work there are also 2 production roasting training stations.

 Green Coffee has 3 Certificate Levels:

  1. Foundation covers the key concepts surrounding green coffee, from growing the plant, through processing, shipping, storage and arrival at a roaster.  It includes an introduction to cupping and coffee grading;

  2. Intermediate looks at green coffee in greater detail and builds on the core vocational skills needed by people who work with green coffee on a daily basis.  It is broken down into three areas: Principles of coffee growing and processing; Introduction to green coffee grading; Coffee contracts and green coffee portfolio management;

  3. Professional is suited to people who have worked for atleast two years in a job related to green coffee. It builds on the knowledge gained at Intermediate level and prepares the student for managerial jobs within the industry. Good knowledge of other Coffee Diploma System modules, especially Sensory Skills and Roasting, is highly recommended for anyone wanting to study at this level.