Sensory Summit:
A roasters guild event

January 25-27, 2018


Sensory Summit is a two-day conference designed to educate, inform, and inspire the Specialty Coffee sensory professional. Centered around the state-of-the-art Sensory Theater inside the Robert Mondavi Institute at UC Davis, topics include incorporating techniques of sensory science into the coffee taster’s repertoire, latest reports about ongoing coffee extraction and consumer research, using new tools to sharpen tasting acuity and repeatability, improving coffee quality and consistency using establish sensory methods, and incorporating learnings from wine, beer, and food science into specialty coffee. Instructors include industry-leading specialty coffee professionals and academic researchers from UC Davis and elsewhere, lending both applied knowledge and academic rigor to the sessions. Delivered over 2+ days of intensive seminars and workshops, attendees can expect valuable information and direct sensory experience (tasting, smelling, and sensory demonstration) in every session.




Roasters Guild/Roaster Guild of Europe members will be given priority registration & special pricing from November 2 – 12, 2017. SCA & Non-Member Registration will commence on November 13.

Booking Period

Nov. 2 - Nov. 12
Nov. 13 - Dec. 21
Dec. 22 - Jan. 22

RG/RGE Member


SCA Member




*Please note: This is a professional event. Guests and children will not be permitted. 
**If you are a SCAE Heritage Member or Roasters Guild of Europe member, you must contact to receive your registration discounts


Registration includes all items listed on agenda, including continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Hotel and Transportation for the event is NOT included.


3:00 p.m.   Registration and Coffee Service                               Alumni Center
4:30 p.m.   Opening Remarks                                                     Alumni Center
5:30 p.m.   Dinner                                                                      Alumni Center   
6:45 p.m.   Transition to RMI Sensory Theater
7:00 p.m.   Coffee and Dessert Break                                         RMI Lobby
7:30 p.m.   Fermentation and Flavor in Cheese                           RMI Sensory Theater


7:00 a.m.   Coffee Service & Continental Breakfast                     Lobby
8:00 a.m.   Product Innovation Through Sensory Design             RMI Sensory Theater
9:30 a.m.   Coffee Break                                                             RMI Lobby     
10:00 a.m.  Personal Sensory Calibration                                    RMI Sensory Theater
11:30 a.m.  Transition to Alumni Center
11:45 p.m.  Lunch                                                                         Alumni Center
12:45 p.m. Transition to RMI Sensory Theater 
1:00 p.m.   Climate Drives Flavor: A Tea Example                        RMI Sensory Theater
2:30 p.m.  Coffee Break                                                              RMI Lobby          
3:00 p.m.  How do we measure liking and preference? Hedonic Testing  RMI Sensory Theater
5:15 p.m.   Shuttle Service to Track 7 Brewery                             Hyatt Place                 
6:00 p.m.   An Exploration of Ingredients and Flavors of Beer     Track 7 Brewery
7:30 p.m.   Dinner                                                                        Track 7 Brewery
9:30 p.m.   Shuttle Service back to Hyatt Place                                                                     



7:00 a.m.   Coffee Service & Continental Breakfast                        RMI Lobby     
8:00 a.m.   Descriptive Sensory Analysis Workshop: Using References   RMI Sensory Theater
9:30 a.m.   Coffee Break                                                                 RMI Lobby          
10:00 a.m. Physical and Sensory Measures of Coffee Brewing        RMI Sensory Theater
11:30 a.m.  Transition to Alumni Center
11:45 a.m.  Lunch                                                                             Alumni Center   
12:45 p.m. Transition to RMI Sensory Theater
1:00 p.m.   Focus on Extraction: Beer & Coffee                                RMI Sensory Theater
2:30 p.m.   Coffee Break                                                                 RMI Lobby     
3:00 p.m.   Scientific Frontiers in Coffee Processing                       RMI Sensory Theater
4:30 p.m.   Closing Remarks                                                            RMI Sensory Theater