HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014
Wake up and smell the coffee
HT Education Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, June 25, 2014
First Published: 15:25 IST(25/6/2014)
Last Updated: 15:28 IST(25/6/2014)

Do you love coffee? How about making a career in tasting coffee?

Here is your chance to taste coffee, evaluate it, define its quality and become an expert in coffee quality management. Coffee Board is inviting applications for its postgraduate diploma in coffee quality management (PGDCQM 14-15) for the academic year starting in August 2014.

With increasing awareness about food safety and environment, the quality of coffee has attained significance for producers, exporters and consumers alike.

The PGDCQM is designed to equip students with specific knowledge and skills required to function as coffee tasters. The course content includes coffee cultivation practices, coffee marketing, quality evolution, techniques and quality assurance systems, training sessions. The duration of the course is 12 months (three trimesters).

Free accommodation will be provided for students during the first trimester at CCRI, Balehonnur, Chikmagalur.Students to make own arrangements in Bangalore during the second and third trimesters.

Candidates from open category and those sponsored by coffee industry are eligible to apply. Selection to the course is based on academic record, personal interview and sensory evaluation test.The last day for submitting applications is July 15, 2014.

Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree with at least one of the following subjects: botany, zoology, chemistry, biotechnology, bioscience, food technology, food science, environment science or a bachelor’s degree in agriculture science. Preference is given to candidates sponsored by export/curing establishments/coffee plantations.

Application forms can be downloaded from the website ( ) or collected personally from Coffee Board, Bangalore. The interview is scheduled to take place on July 25, 2014, and the course fee is Rs. 75,000.

For further details, call 080-22262868, 22266991, or visit here

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