Lincoln & York taster leads in Europe

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 24 Mar 2017

THE team at Lincoln & York is celebrating after coffee buyer and taster Rebekah Kettrick became the first and only female Q Arabica and Q Robusta licensed coffee grader in Europe.

At the UK’s first ever Q Robusta course, held in Edinburgh, Rebekah experienced a rigorous six days learning about the Robusta bean’s attributes and flavours, alongside calibrating, cupping and scoring the coffee. 

The week culminated in 20 tests where the graders had to differentiate and classify the Robusta coffee, among other smell-based tests.

She said: “The week-long course was extremely intense but great fun tasting and comparing Robusta coffee from many different origins. It opened my eyes to the diverse range of flavours Robusta can offer.”

The Q is the Coffee Quality Institute standard, developed with the Specialty Coffee Association of America and the Uganda Coffee Development Authority.

The Elsham Wold Industrial Estate business holds the standards in high regard. Director and founder of Lincoln & York, James Sweeting, said: “Rebekah’s achievement should not be underestimated and I am delighted for her. 

“We take the quality of coffee very seriously and now, having three Q Arabica graders and one Q Robusta grader at Lincoln & York, means our customers are guaranteed great coffee.”

Lincoln & York is now looking towards London Coffee Festival, early next month, where it will be exhibiting.

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