Event Details

SCAA Skill Building Workshop | Minneapolis, MN | November 11-14, 2013

Nov 11, 2013 08:00am - Nov 14, 2013 05:30pm
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Event Type: Education: North America
Category: Education & Training: North Am


Invest in Success with the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Professional Development Programs

HOSTED BY:  Cafe Imports, LLC

2617 East Hennepin,
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Begins November 11, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.
Ends November 14 at 4:00 p.m.

PRICING (per person)

Price for all classes:
$1095 SCAA Member
$1195 BGA & RG Member
$1395 Non Member

Price for each individual class:
$145 SCAA Member
$165 BGA & RG Member
$245 Non Member

The SCAA Coffee Taster Certificate Program is SCAA's newest professional Certificate. Attendees of this workshop can complete a selection of classes from the Module 1 and 2 requirements for the Coffee Taster Certificate. SCAA education is unique in that it is all constructed by collaboration of industry experts who might otherwise be considered competitors, working together to establish agreed upon knowledge and skills that truly represent the industry best practices. All SCAA classes may be applied toward one or sometimes more than one of our Professional Certificate programs, which indicate a high level of competence in knowledge and skills required for the various job positions in specialty coffee businesses. SCAA Education is an exceptional and affordable way to gain success in the specialty coffee industry.

Additionally, this workshop is part of a pilot program, where SCAA and the network of independent SCAA Certified Teaching Lab partners are testing this type of event as a means to improve access and opportunities to pursue SCAA Education and Professional Certificates. Please see the individual class descriptions located at the professional development page on our website for more information.

Instructors: Joe Marrocco and K.C. O'Keefe

Joe Marrocco is a Sales Associate, Director of Education, and Roaster at Café Imports in Minneapolis, MN. He is a Level 2 Certified Barista, Specialized Instructor for the SCAA, and serves on the Roasters Guild Executive Council. In Joe's personal time he is with his wife and two kids roaming the woods and lakes of Minnesota, or cooking up something delicious.

K.C. O’Keefe was introduced to the coffee industry in 1997 when he developed a friendship with coffee farmers in Northern Peru. He has been exporting Peruvian specialty coffee since 2000 and manages Cafe Verde, a retail roaster located in Lima. K.C. is also a part-time consultant focused on origin development and quality control, with a particular passion for cupping and education.

Listed below is the schedule of classes.
Please note, some classes have prerequisites. Prerequisite information and class descriptions are available in our searchable class catalog

Day 1 (November 11):
8:00am - 12:30pm – Registration, Welcome and CP151 & 152: Introduction to Brewing and Extraction Parts 1 and 2
1:00pm - 4:00pm – GE200: Introduction to Sensory Analysis
4:30pm - 5:30pm – GE190 Test Review Session

Day 2 (November 12):
9:00am - 12noon – GE190: CT Module 1 Test
1:00pm - 4:00pm – CP101: Introduction to Espresso Part 1

Day 3 (November 13):
9:00am-12noon – CP102: Introduction to Espresso Part 2
1:00pm-4:00pm – GE353: Flavor Wheel Taxonomy
4:30pm - 5:30pm – GE192 Test Review Session

Day 4 (November 14):
9:00am - 12noon – RP112: Introduction to Roasting Concepts
1:00pm - 4:00pm – GE192: CT Module 2 Test

Education credits to be awarded upon completion of coursework and passing of appropriate tests.

For more information, please contact the host directly at or 612.238.9490

Cancellation/Refund Policy: There are no refunds of any kind for this event. The SCAA has the right to change and/or cancel the event at any time.

Interested to join RG, BGA or SCAA? Contact our membership team at or 562-624-4100 to sign up. RG and BGA memberships are for individuals only. SCAA memberships start at $195 and there are several options available per business type. SCAA Memberships are for companies. Our membership team is available to help you pick the best membership option! Contact us before you proceed to register to ensure savings.

Already a member? In order to ensure you get membership rates and class courses get properly credited to your personal profile, please login with your individual membership number/profile to register. Hint: your email is your login. Every individual must register for themselves and a company will not be able to register for an individual under the company profile.
If your company is a member but you are not receiving member pricing, it’s possible your profile is not properly linked to your company. Email and we’ll fix that for you.

If you need help with your login or need help registering online, please do not hesitate to contact us at or 562-624-4100.

Early registration ends on Jun 06, 2013.
Regular registration starts on Jun 07, 2013 and ends on Nov 13, 2013.
Late registration starts on Nov 14, 2013.
All times are 12:00am (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).

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