FlavorActiV's Calibration Schemes measure the abilities of professional tasters globally. With over 50,000 professional tasters participating and over 3,000 sensory panels enrolled, they are the largest proficiency programmes in the world, and the only to use Pharmaceutical GMP Flavour Standards.
Coffee Calibration is the next logical step for trained tasting panelists or coffee enthusiasts wishing to enhance and maintain their tasting performance. Regular calibration uses blind taste tests combined with FlavorActiV's proprietary proficiency software and Pharmaceutical GMP Flavour Standards to benchmark, troubleshoot and develop individual tasting abilities.
Coffee Calibration results are submitted to our powerful online database which immediately provides a detailed breakdown of individuals and panel performance. The analysis can be broken down and presented in a multitude of ways, and for sensory panels and multi-location organisations detailed demographic information is stored on every taster to increase understanding and learning.
Quick and easy to use, the Coffee Calibration Scheme is an incredibly powerful tool in understanding what is needed to maintain the quality of tasters. Open to all, FlavorActiV's Coffee Calibration Scheme runs throughout the year on a rolling basis.
Calibration tasting packs are purchased via our store and sent out to coffee enthusiasts, professionals and sensory panels around the world as and when they wish to participate. The packs contain 'blind' flavour standards used to evaluate tasting abilities through a 'Flavour Identification' test. The Flavour ID test focuses on a panellists ability to identify flavours, each pack gives you the ability to conduct a one-off calibration session for your panel (a typical panel being a group of 5-15 professional tasters). We recommend calibrating at least twice a year, and the taster data remains yours to study as you wish.
+ Increase confidence in the sensory quality of green coffee purchases and finised consumer product
+ Comprehensive feedback across tasters / organisation
+ Leads to focused training directed at specific panel or taster learning opportunities.
+ Panels and individuals learn strenghts and weaknesses and can increase skills accordingly
+ Training encourages staff retention & improves product awareness
The Calibration Pack consists of:
+ User Guide
+ Blind tasting packs (Pharmaceutical Quality GMP Flavour Standards)
+ Link and password to access instructions and download ballot sheets
+ A unique pack code for use at time of data entry
The process of calibration:
1. Order and join online - each pack can be used once by up to 25 people
2. Calibration Packs sent out
3. Download and print ballot sheets
4. Prepare samples according to instructions
5. Get Tasting, logging results on ballot sheets
6. Enter each tasters responses online
7. Check results - measure, enhance, maintain
Things you'll need:
+ Around 7 litres of quality water
+ 6 Pitchers for mixing the flavour standards (min. 1 litre capacity each)
+ 1 Pitcher for the 'reference standard' (min. 1 litre capacity)
+ 7 cups per panellist for tasting
+ Designated area that follows Good Sensory Practices to conduct the test
+ PC/Mac with internet access to download resources, record answers and gain results
+ Printer to print downloaded placemats and ballot sheets