Coffee Sensory Kits & Training

Our coffee sensory tools have applications throughout the supply chain across all coffee varieties and production stages. The world leader in the training and measurement of professional tasters, FlavorActiV supports over 70,000 tasters on a regular basis with training, tasting software, and encapsulated flavour standards. Our coffee training program sharpens the skills of coffee tasters using top-notch tools for sensory analysis.


Coffee sensory is the study of the senses as they relate to coffee. This can include anything from the flavour and aroma of coffee to the texture and mouthfeel. Coffee sensory experts and professional coffee tasters use their knowledge to help improve the quality of coffee and optimize the brewing process.

The video guide to the left shows the standard preparation steps when using flavour standards in filter coffee. Get in touch to request preparation steps more applicable to your intended use. FlavorActiV recommends beginning tasting sessions with 1 capsule per 1 litre of water before progressing on to use in coffee and with higher dilutions as flavour understanding and recognition improve.

FlavorActiV’s GMP Pharma Flavour Standards and tasting kits are sold by flavour, each flavour pack containing 5 individually blister-packaged capsules. Each capsule can be used during one training/calibration session to train up to 15 people at once. FlavorActiV recommends beginning tasting sessions with 1 capsule per 1 litre of water before progressing on to use in coffee and with higher dilutions as flavour understanding and recognition improve. The process develops tasters to become their own finely tuned human sensory instruments.



1 › Train

Train using FlavorActiV’s GMP Coffee Flavour Standards & coffee tasting kits. Our multilingual team provides training in over 15 languages.


2 › Calibrate

Receive regular coffee calibration kits to test your abilities. Input data into our proprietary software to benchmark your results globally.


3 › Maintain

FlavorActiV advanced training sessions and industry-specific workshops will see your sensory knowledge continually grow across the range of flavour reference standards.


4 › Improve

Continual optimisation and analysis of support and package coupled with the supply of GMP Flavour Standards.


Explore our wide range of sensory coffee standards and kits for taster training, calibration and quality control.


Each of our 34 coffee flavours for sensory training has been approved for inclusion within the latest World Coffee Research Lexicon as validated coffee flavour references. Sold in individual flavour packs, each pack containing 5 capsules. It is also possible to save by ordering as a complete or essential kit.

The naming conventions of FlavorActiV, SCA and WCR differ slightly; therefore, the guide below shows both names, please contact FlavorActiV directly with any related queries. Although 30 key flavours are suggested by FlavorActiV for coffee, FlavorActiV produces 80+ attribute and defect flavours.

FlavorActiV’s coffee defect and attribute flavour standards were developed by FlavorActiV’s expert sensory team alongside James Hoffman of  Square Mile Coffee, Spencer Turer and the team at Coffee Enterprises John Thompson of Coffee Nexus.

A selection of 24 of FlavorActiV’s flavour standards was evaluated in partnership with World Coffee Research and Speciality Coffee Association at Kansas State University and was approved for inclusion in WCR’s Sensory Lexicon in alignment with the Coffee Taster’s Flavour Wheel.

“FlavorActiV has changed the math. Their flavour capsules are relevant, accurate, and globally available — just as easy if you’re in Lima as in Limerick as in Lincoln, Nebraska. FlavorActiV saw that coffee had a need, and they invested in the R&D to create something completely new. We embrace the same spirit of solving problems through innovation. We’re very excited about what they’ve done.”

Tim Schilling
CEO, World Coffee Research


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