Coffee Taster | Grader | Award Winner
About the Expert
Gustavo Valderrama Tascon is an internationally renowned coffee taster, holding the distinct achievement of Q Grader. Gustavo is endorsed by the International Association SCA (Specialty Coffee Association), CQI (Coffee Quality Institute), the Professional Roaster SCA, as well as the Barista SCA Professional. Additionally, he is honored to be the only AST (Authorized SCA Trainer) in the region of Colombia where he resides. Over the last decade, Gustavo has dedicated himself to exploring the valuable sensory offerings Colombian coffee offers. His primary focus is on harnessing the cultivation and roasting process for the achievement of exotic flavors and aromas for the national and international markets alike. He has participated in key international events and shared cupping panels in Japan, South Korea, Spain, Canada, the United States and throughout Central America.
Deemed winner of two gold medals in the Superior Taste Award in Brussels and First place as washed coffee among 25 countries during the fair SIAL in Toronto, Canada.
2013 - Present
Café Dictador XO | Café Dictador Magno
Recognizable brands developed by Gustavo have reached more than 50 countries and compiled reviews from esteemed experts in the field
2014 - Present
Café Oscura Pasión
Developed as an accessible high quality consumer coffee, meaning it is available to the public in major Colombian grocery stores at a reasonable price; however, it does not lack the aroma and taste descriptors essential to a high end coffee.
2014 - Present
New concept coupling great coffee with the most innovative preparation developed in Colombia – a single-dose drip bag, enabling consumers to take upmarket coffee camping or anywhere without the need for a machine.
2015 - Present
Café Dictador Esencia
Developed as a complement of its predecessors, Café Dictador XO and Café Dictador Magno, for purposes of export to a prominent Polish company.
2016 - Present
Café el Caminante
Developed with the aim of satisfying a need for low price formats.
2017 - Present
Café Jeepao | Subscription 5Sento
2018 - Present
Exotic, XOL, Cacique Organic
Developed the Exotic brand with varietals selected for the United States market and the XOL brand for the same market. In the same year, the Cacique Organic Coffee was developed for the English market.
2019 - Present
Universidad Javierna de Cali
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Gustavo is launching a United States tour to provide cupping sessions to American coffee enthusiasts, enabling them to identify notes, and discern between cultivators and origins.
Cupping sessions are ideal for groups of 15-25 and last 2.5 hours. Schedule a cupping for your next corporate retreat or private function.