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Train, Enhance, Maintain

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.

Benchmark your current abilities, spot learning opportunities and maintain tasting skill levels.

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Guides + Downloads

← Access tools and guides

Input Responses

← Log Calibration Tasting Responses

← Contact Calibration Support

↑↓ Images courtesy of Coffee Enterprises & Julia Luckett Photography

How does it work?

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.

Why Calibrate?

+ 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

Online Calibration Tool

Easy to understand and visually accessible, the online calibration tool provides large amount of contextual data quickly and efficiently, even with complex data such as flavour scaling.

The online Calibration tool supports multi-national, independent and artisan producers alike, helping all to better understand and evaluate their sensory panel performance. Participant panels and individual tasters are able to compare performance anonymously against other panels, providing the same sensory feedback and other benefits, but on a smaller scale than national and multi-national companies with proprietary data.

Built to software industry standards using the latest systems and secure encryption on-site and during data transmission to keep your data safe online and offline. FlavorActiV's Online Calibration Tool is developed with both quality assurance management and taste panel leaders in mind; easy, intuitive and fast, taster will spend more time tasting products than analysing data or fighting with software options and configurations.

The Online Calibration Tool is entirely web based so there is no need to install programs or applications or worry about system integration. The software is fully compatible with both legacy and modern browsers.

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