How to become a coffee taster through PG Diploma in Coffee Quality Management

Are you looking for career guidance on how to become an official coffee taster? Searching for Government courses in coffee tasting and coffee quality management? Coffee Board Govt. of India has announced admissions open for its Post Graduate Diploma in Coffee Quality Management (PGDCQM) program for the academic session 2019-2020. Details of the course fee, curriculum, eligibility requirements and application procedure is provided in this article.

Love the taste of coffee to the point of obsession and have a discerning taste for different types of coffee? Dreaming about being a professional coffee taster? You can apply for a unique course which will have you spending the rest of your life in the midst of coffee beans and sipping on innumerable cups of the brew, hot or cold!

Coffee Board Govt. of India, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has issued the admission notification for its Post Graduate Diploma in Coffee Quality Management (PGDCQM) program for the academic session 2019-2020 which will begin in September this year. Admissions to the course are open to candidates from the open category and applications are welcome from candidates who are sponsored by the coffee industry.

Cup of Coffee
[Image of a cup of coffee taken by the author.]

About the course


The Post Graduate Diploma in Coffee Quality Management (PGDCQM) program aims to educate and train people with relevant skills for evaluation of coffee quality and become experts in coffee tasting.

From understanding the way coffee is cultivated and processed, to gaining expertise in marketing strategies, to learning about coffee brewing technology and quality assurance systems, those pursuing this course will be learning all there is to know about coffee! You will also get training sessions in soft skills and help with developing your overall personality during the second trimester. Details of the course curriculum are mentioned a little later in this article.

Duration of the course

You will pursue the PGDCQM course for 12 months, spread over three trimesters. All teaching and training sessions are conducted in English.

Course Fee

The total fee of the PGDCQM course is Rs. 2,50,000/-.

What you will learn

The first trimester of the PGDCQM course will be conducted at Central Coffee Research Institute (CCRI) in Chikmagalur District, Karnataka and will include the following modules:
  1. Coffee varieties and Cup profile

  2. Coffee Agronomy – Coffee Growing

  3. Coffee Chemistry

  4. Coffee Pest and Disease

  5. Coffee Processing and Quality

The second trimester of the course will be at Bangalore, during which you will learn:
  1. Principles of Coffee Quality

  2. Coffee Chemistry and Roasting Technology

  3. Quality Assurance System

  4. Soft Skills and Personality Development

  5. Computer Applications for Quality Management

The Practicals during this trimester will include Principles of Coffee Quality, Coffee Chemistry and Roasting Technology, and Quality Assurance System.

The third and final trimester will have more advanced learning and training modules via practicals, culminating with a Dissertation. The curriculum of the final year includes:
  1. Coffee Marketing and trade

  2. Espresso and Value Added Coffees

  3. Intensive Cupping (Practical)

  4. Coffee Chemistry and Brewing Technology

  5. Quality management system and Distribution Management

  6. Dissertation

The Practicals during this year will include Espresso and Value Added Coffees, and Intensive Cupping.

Filter Coffee
[Image of Filter Coffee taken by the author.]

Hostel accommodation

You can avail of free accommodation for the first trimester at CCRI at Balehonnur, Chikmagalur. However, you need to make your own arrangements in Bangalore for the second and third trimesters.

Eligibility requirements

  1. Age criteria: You should be not more than 30 years of age. This is relaxed by 5 years for those who are seeking admission as sponsored candidates.

  2. Academic qualification: You should have a qualified Bachelor's degree with at least one of these subjects:
    • Botany

    • Zoology

    • Chemistry

    • Biotechnology

    • Bioscience

    • Food Technology

    • Food Science

    • Environmental science

Also acceptable is a Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Sciences.
  1. Preference will be given to those candidates who are sponsored by export firms or curing establishments or coffee plantations.

  2. If you are a foreign student seeking admission under the open or the sponsored category, then you must be well versed in English. Your admission to the program is subject to the clearance of the Government of India.

How to apply

Download the PGDCQM course application form from the official website. You can also obtain the application form in person from Coffee Board, Bangalore (address has been provided below).

Then send the completed application form with a recent passport size photo with signature pasted in the space for it, by Regd. Post or Speed Post along with a NEFT/RTGS transfer details for Rs.1,500/- which is payable to Coffee Board Account No. 64015049024, State Bank of India, IFSC - SBIN0040022, Dr.B.R.Ambedkar Veedhi, Bengaluru and a self-addressed envelope (9"x 6") to:
Divisional Head (Coffee Quality),
Coffee Quality Division, 3rd floor, Coffee Board,
No.1, Dr.B.R.Ambedkar Veedhi,
Bangalore - 560 001.

Selection process

Eligible candidates will face a selection committee which will evaluate each candidate's academic records, conduct a personal interview of the candidate and give a sensory evaluation test to the candidate.

Important dates

  • Last day for submitting applications: 3rd September 2019.

  • Date of Interview and selection process: 13th September 2019.

Contact information

Coffee Board
Government of India
Ministry of Commerce & Industry
No. 1, Dr. B.R.Ambedkar Veedhi,
Bangalore - 560 001,
Phone: +91-80-22262868, +91-80-22266991, Ext. 323/303

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