SOURCE: Cafemakers, LLC

January 28, 2008 11:00 ET

Andrew Hetzel of Cafemakers Becomes First Accredited Coffee Judge From Hawaii

Andrew Hetzel of Big Island Coffee Consultancy Cafemakers Has Become the First Hawaii Resident to Receive the Accreditation of Cupping Judge by the Specialty Coffee Association of America

KAMUELA, HI--(Marketwire - January 28, 2008) - Andrew Hetzel of coffee consultancy Cafemakers has become the first Hawaii resident to be certified as a coffee Cupping Judge by the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

In a 5-day series of exams held this January in Waterbury, Vermont, Mr. Hetzel successfully completed 21 sensory skill and coffee knowledge tests necessary to obtain accreditation. Participants traveled from as far as Japan, S. Korea, Thailand and Portugal in pursuit of the certification.

"Most people are surprised to learn that taste is not considered when assigning coffee a grade in Hawaii. The proof of coffee quality is always in the cup, yet that's the one place that we're not looking," observes Hetzel.

To become a SCAA Cupping Judge, applicants must demonstrate proficiency in aroma identification, organic acid identification and green coffee grading, as well as accurately grade dozens of sample coffees from Brazil, Indonesia, E. Africa, Central America and Colombia.

"I plan to instruct others in Hawaii to taste and rate coffee to internationally accepted standards," Hetzel continues. "Tasting protocols are necessary so that that we can improve the quality of our crops, maintain Hawaii coffee's good reputation and secure the future of coffee farming in the State."

About Andrew Hetzel

Andrew Hetzel is the founder and president of Cafemakers, a coffee industry business consultancy based in Hawaii. Cafemakers provides strategic business counseling, marketing and quality improvement services for coffee retail chains, roasters and trade associations worldwide.

Named one of the top young business entrepreneurs in the State of Hawaii by Pacific Business News, Mr. Hetzel is also a frequent presenter at food and beverage conferences, a judge for coffee competitions and a writer for coffee industry trade publications. For more information, visit

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