Sensory Educational Training (SET)

“SET is the CoE’s education arm that helps students evaluate coffee with greater accuracy, consistency and confidence, while also building relationships among fellow members of the global coffee community.” Scott Conary, SET Instructor & COE Head Judge

Upcoming Courses

Sensory Education Training, or SET, is a gateway to COE knowledge gathered over our 20-year history. The Sensory Education events are a fantastic opportunity for students wanting to improve their sensory skills and technical skills. Students will learn to evaluate coffee with greater accuracy, consistency, and confidence, while also building relationships among fellow members of the global coffee community. The SET classes are instructed by official CoE head judges and SET instructors. These instructors bring years of valuable coffee knowledge to share with students. Roasters, retailers, coffee producers, importers, exporters, and enthusiasts are invited to join us for these four-day intensive trainings.

Cupping from Home

Learn how to Cup from Home with Cup of Excellence Trainer and Coffee Pro, Alex Pond.


All Sensory Educational Trainings include:

An introduction to the COE protocol
Instruction on COE Cupping Sensory Score Sheet
Flavor recognition
Acid profiling
Multiple cupping sessions with lively discussion

Field Trips

All five-day events take place in origin countries and include a group tour of coffee farms and mills where you may see picking or processing in action. Four-day events in other countries may include a self-guided tour of cafes or roasters offered by the local host.



All event participants will receive a Certificate of Participation on the final day.


Event participants will be able to identify various aspects of quality in the cup such as clean, sweet, balance, acidity, and mouthfeel. Tasters will be able to define quality both verbally and through appropriate consistent scoring.


Please take the following into consideration:

Dates may change due to event attendance.
Events require a minimum of eight students.
If your specific event is canceled, you will be credited for another future event or receive a full refund.
ACE not responsible for airfare change fees.
ACE is unable to initiate any refunds to the credit card after 90 days.

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