Coffee Quality Control

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Modern Scoring Systems

CQC 5.05 Recap and Glossary


  • The Cup of Excellence (COE) started in 1999 in Brazil.
  • COE scoresheet evaluates each scoring element out of a possible 8 instead of 10. 
  • The subtotal of the eight scoring elements has 36 points added on at the end to bring the total to a grade out of 100. 
  • The COE scoresheet had several ‘firsts’ for coffee: most notably, it introduced a quality score for sweetness
  • The WBC scoring system ranges from 0–6 and, like the SCA Arabica Cupping Form and the COE scoresheets, the numerical system corresponds with a series of adjectives that help judges work out their response to the different elements of the scoresheet.