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CQI Q Processing Course Level 2 - Professional (English)

  • Finca El Manzano CA 12S Santa Ana Department El Salvador (map)

This Professional (Level 2) course is a 6-day program and will be taught at CUATRO M's Finca y Beneficio El Manzano in El Salvador. This course is designed for students who have had significant hands-on coffee processing experience through multiple harvests, ideally people who can make decisions about processing in their own farm or mill. The ideal student is interested in and willing to acquire the theoretical foundations of coffee processing and processing technology and to learn about good practices and quality control in the main processing methods (natural, honey, washed). The training part of the course includes lectures, cuppings, and great emphasis on hands-on processing work, which is why, in order to teach this course, availability of freshly harvested coffee cherries and post-harvest processing equipment are mandatory. The course competencies are tested through fifteen (15) tests, encompassing theoretical, practical and applied-theory skills, which have to be passed entirely in order to receive a Q Processing Professional Certificate.

This course will be taught in English

Student’s objectives

Attendees will know the main methods of post-harvest processing of coffee (washing, natural and honey), in which they will be able to apply a simple system of Quality Assurance, using good processing practices to maintain consistent quality.

Course contents include:

  1. Coffee processing in the context of the coffee value chain
  2. Raw material harvesting and characterization
  3. Anatomy of the coffee fruit and comparison of processing methods
  4. Pulping
  5. Fermentation
  6. Washing and demucilation
  7. Drying
  8. Dry-milling, storage and processing-generated green bean defects
  9. Integrated quality control at coffee processing
  10. Issues of the coffee processing industry and outlook into the future

Dates: November 12 - November 17, 2018

Schedule: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm (team work at night)

Location: Beneficio El Manzano, carretera a los Naranjos, km 78 1/2, Cantón Las Cruces, Chalchuapa, Santa Ana, El Salvador, Central America.


Emilio López Diaz (Managing Director at Cuatro M Cafes)

Roberto Pacas (General Manager at Cuatro M Cafes)


Cost: $1,980 USD (includes: Q-Processing Level 2 course materials, Sunday Nov 11th to Saturday Nov 17th lodging and all meals in site, Airport-Mill/Mill-Airport transportation).

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Once your payment has been confirmed you can go ahead and register at the CQI website by clicking on the following link: