Creating a common language of coffee quality for over two decades. CQI provides training and technical assistance to coffee producers and other individuals in the supply chain.
This increases the value, volume and sustainability of high quality coffee production. CQI also works toward building institutional capacity in coffee-producing countries. We create systems and infrastructure that encourage a focus on quality, thus leading to higher farmer incomes.
Mission: Working internationally to improve the quality of coffee and the lives of people who produce it.
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"Agricultural engineers Rafael Alberto Silva and Eduardo Sampaio, and Q-grader Mariana Del Guerra joined forces with local farmers to create a project, Mapa dos Sabores (Flavors Map), to showcase the value of the city's coffee. The team has made a selective harvest to show the potential of coffee grown in the city: some scored as high as 88 points last year. Many of the producers did not even imagine that their coffee could be of such quality."
sprudge.com A new initiative, Mapa dos Sabores, looks to improve and highlight coffee grown in Andradas.
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coffeeinstitute.org Coffee Quality Institute's Education Team Lead Emma Sage explains how microbes can impact coffee plants and fruit. Watch the video here.
Looking for some good coffee reads? Our Q Instructors have suggestions!
coffeeinstitute.org We asked our Q Instructor community to recommend a few books that would help someone be a well-read candidate in the Q Arabica, Q Robusta and Q Processing Certificate Courses. Here are some of their recommendations: Coffee: Growing, Processing, Sustainable Production: A Guidebook for Growers, .....
A good look at the challenges facing coffee producers in Jamaica. To support the Jamaican Women in Coffee *Higher Ground* project follow this link. https://bit.ly/highergroundjamaica
gcrmag.com Despite a world-renowned coffee and support from various local and global coffee organisations, the small island of Jamaica struggles to stay afloat.
Check the judges and you'll see Todd Arnette, CQI Q Program Manager!
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Instructor Gloria Pedroza shares a moment with Cyrille Jannet at a Q Robusta calibration in Zug, Switzerland this week. Calibrations are valuable professional development, but they also provide an opportunity for old friends to meet and new connections to be made. Check on courses at https://www.coffeeinstitute.org/find-a-course/
Our Monday mood is gratitude. Thanks to Eximware Inc. for their generous support. Read more through the link.
coffeetalk.com Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) is grateful to announce a generous donation by Eximware, Inc. towards CQI’s strategic mission. The Stamford, CT based Cloud Commodity Management Software company will provide technology services in support of CQI’s global Information Management Platform (IMP) that ...
Today on International Coffee Day we announce an exciting new partnership between JAWiC (Jamaican Women in Coffee), Coffee Quality Institute, and IWCA ~ International Women's Coffee Alliance. Higher Ground is a multi-year project designed to provide Jamaican women coffee producers with the coffee quality, business education, training, and infrastructure that will uplift the coffee community ensure success at the highest level. By combining a tiered approach of CQI’s best practices, learning series and leadership empowerment alongside the certification of Q Grader and Q Processing professionals, the women of IWCA Jamaica will have the opportunity to strengthen their common coffee language and improve coffee quality while developing internal leadership capacity and expertise to elevate their product and international coffee market appeal.
Want to help? We are seeking lead donors to kick off this exciting joint venture. http://bit.ly/highergroundjamaica
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Here's a look inside a Processing Essentials class. Students, most of them farmers, are getting an introduction to coffee processing virtually. Hernando de la Roche, Senior Vice President of Trading at StoneX, who hosted this class, says "We are very proud to contribute to the coffee sector in Honduras." Professional development like this class is available through CQI Education Services.
Great attention for robusta in this article. CQI developed the standards for Fine Robusta and the Q Robusta program to bring the common language of coffee quality to this popular species, and certified 92 Q Robusta Graders in 2019 alone. In addition to offering certifications CQI has resources available, including the Fine Robusta Standards and Protocols and the Robusta Green Grading Handbook, link in comments.
sca.coffee Beyond the current Covid-19 crisis, our industry has known for quite a while that we are facing sustainability issues we need to consider if we want to keep selling specialty coffee in the future. MARIO FERNÁNDEZ , Technical Director of the Specialty Coffee Association, explores the opportunities o
Wonderfully produced coffees from Laos are the center point of this story illustrating how CQI and partners maintain focus on market connections at a time when connecting means getting online.
dailycoffeenews.com “…A lot of cranberry…orange blossom, very plummy…really great raspberry, jackfruit…strawberry cream yeah! …honey-orchard-oolong-melon-almond-sugar cookie…dark chocolate notes…nice sweet vanilla…low…
Another Q Grader in the news.
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Always fun to see how and where Q Graders are working in the industry.
sprudge.com We interview 2020 Sprudge Twenty inductee Kat Adams of Cold Brew City Fest.
Q Arabica Calibration // The Netherlands // February 21, 2020.
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What a wonderful way to end the week, with a Q Instructor!
Te invitamos al Webinar “El Rol e Importancia del Catador de Café” estaremos con Jorge Luis Martínez, instructor The CQI. Te esperamos!!! 🕓 4:00 PM Hora Colombia.
Meet our newest In-Country Partner in Colombia, Asociación Colombiana para la Excelencia del Café - ASECC. They say "ASECC is a nonprofit association working to improve and promote the quality of Colombian specialty coffee. We seek to transmit the coffee culture and boost the production and consumption of specialty coffee, both locally and abroad, amongst coffee professionals and consumers." In-Country Partners are an important part of CQI's mission, conducting coffee evaluations in origin.
It has been awhile since we shared photos from classes, and there were a few classes right when things got shut down who were never featured on this page. We miss those photos, and today we are starting to catch up. This is a Q Processing 1 course with instructor Luz Stella Artajo Medina that also happens to be the first CQI course taught in Slovakia. Blahoželanie!
Nice article about the potential for Robusta coffee in the market. CQI developed the standards for Fine Robusta and offers two Robusta certifications including Q Robusta Grader. http://bit.ly/robustanews
revistaforumcafe.com Según datos de la Organización Internacional del Café, cerca del 40% del café que se produce en el mundo es robusta. A pesar de ese volumen, el papel y sobre todo el potencial del café robusta está lejos de ser comprendido por los miembros de la industria, en particular por quienes pertenecen ...
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Really exciting news thanks to Falcon Coffees and their bold commitment to support CQI. Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/falcongive
Paying attention to producers during the pandemic.
npr.org Coffee Producers Hit By COVID Keep Exports Flowing
Did you miss this presentation? No worries, you can catch CQI's Latin America manager Monica Ramirez Bolek and other interesting speakers through this link.
Spanish speakers, there's still time to jump on this webinar taking place this afternoon! CQI's Monica Bolek is a featured speaker.
Did you know that Q Processing 1 is available either as an online or in person course? When you head to database.coffeeinstitute.org you can search upcoming courses through a filter. Select Q Processing Level 1 or Online Q Processing Level 1 for your preferred course type. Don't see what you are looking for? Keep checking. Instructors add new courses all of the time.
A great start to your weekend... "In the latest episode of A Better Table, host Umeko Motoyoshi interviews Laetitia Mukandahiro. Mukandahiro is a renowned coffee professional in Kigali, Rwanda. She is an accomplished cupper, a licensed Q Grader, a member of the Sprudge Twenty inaugural class, and she has judged Cup of Excellence multiple times."
sprudge.com Host Umeko Motoyoshi interviews Laetitia Mukandahiro of Ikawa House in Kigali, Rwanda.
Coffee Quality Institute CEO Tina Yerkes was interviewed as part of World Coffee Alliance's "Straight Talk" series. Find out more about how CQI supports producers and how she is looking towards the future.
Q Graders? In your opinion, what's the best way to prepare for taking the course? Do you have suggestions for resources you used or wish you had?
Q Grader in the news - CQI certifications have real world applications.
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Back to virtual school, this time with CQI instructor Tim Heinze. Mill management requires a lot of math, here's a lesson to help.
When you're processing it's important to know how much fruit translates to how much green coffee. Tackle this conversion and more with CQI instructor Tim Hei...
Frankie is starting her coffee journey with her producer peers in mind.
dailycoffeenews.com The world’s youngest licensed Q Grader, Francesca “Frankie” Volkema, today officially launched her own youth-farmer-focused coffee brand, Joven Coffee. Proving that youth is not a…
Bridget Carrington was recently interviewed in Commodity Conversations. Read this interview and you'll see why her guidance, garnered from years of experience, is so valued on the Coffee Quality Institute Board of Trustees, of which she is Vice Chair.
commodityconversations.com Bridget Carrington started her career in coffee in 1983 working for ED&F Man, and after 9 years in London, moved to Kenya where she spent 27 years with C Dorman Ltd, a major exporter and roaste…
CQI recently had a chance to work with Winrock International and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to host a virtual tasting of coffees from Laos. These producers have been using good practices to improve the quality of their coffee, and it was an pleasure to provide a platform for them to share the results.
☕️☕️ ຕອນເຊົ້ານີ້ໄດ້ກິນກາເຟແຊບໆແລ້ວບໍ່? ເພາະລົດຊາດ ແລະ ກິ່ນຫອມທີ່ເປັນເອກະລັກສະເພາະເຮັດໃຫ້ກາເຟເປັນເຄື່ອງດື່ມຍອດນິຍົມຂອງໂລກ. ໃນວັນທີ 16 ກໍລະກົດ, ໂຄງການຄລີນ (CLEAN) ທີ່ໄດ້ທຶນສະໜັບສະໜູນຈາກ ກະຊວງກະສິກຳສະຫະລັດອາເມລິກາ ໂດຍການຈັດຕັ້ງປະຕິບັດຂອງອົງການ Winrock International ຮ່ວມກັບກະຊວງກະສິກຳ ແລະ ສະຖາບັນກາເຟຄຸນນະພາບ (CQI) ໄດ້ຈັດງານຊິມລົດຊາດກາເຟຄັ້ງແລກແບບອອນລາຍ ສຳລັບຜູ້ນຳເຂົ້າຂອງສະຫະລັດອາເມລິກາ, ນັກຂົ້ວກາເຟ, ຜູ້ຈັດການກວດກາຄຸນນະພາບ. ຜູ້ຊື້ກາເຟຄົນອາເມລິກາ 22 ທ່ານ ແລະ ຜູ້ຮ່ວມງານອື່ນໆອີກ 23 ທ່ານ ໄດ້ຮັບຕົວຢ່າງກາເຟລາວທີ່ຄັດສັນພິເສດຈາກ ຮ້ານກາເຟຈິງໃຈ, ຜູ້ຜະລິດກາເຟພູພຽງບໍລິເວນ ແລະ ຟາມບໍລິເວນ, ພ້ອມກັບຄູ່ມືແນະນຳກ່ອນໜ້າທີ່ຈະຈັດງານສຳມະນາແບບອອນລາຍລວມທັງຈອກກາເຟ. ໂຄງການຄຣີນນີ້ຈະຊ່ວຍເປັນຂົວຕໍ່ຊ່ອງຫວ່າງລະຫວ່າງຜູ້ປູກກາເຟລາວ ແລະ ຜູ້ເຮັດກາເຟ ທີ່ມີຄວາມສາມາດຊື້ກາເຟເກດດີມີຄຸນນະພາບໂດຍອີງຕາມຂັ້ນຕອນການຄັດສັນແບບພິເສດ ແລະ ມີຄວາມໂປ່ງໃສ່ທາງດ້ານການເງິນເພື່ອສົ່ງຄືນໃຫ້ແກ່ຜູ້ປູກກາເຟ. ງານຊິມກາເຟແບບອອນລາຍນີ້ຈັດຂຶ້ນແທນງານສະແດງກາເຟຄັດສັນພິເສດຢູ່ປະເທດໂປແລນທີ່ຈະຈັດຂຶ້ນໃນເດືອນເມສາ ແຕ່ໄດ້ຍົກເລີກເນື່ອງຈາກໂຄວິດ19. ເພື່ອນໆສາມາດຮຽນຮູ້ເພີ່ມເຕີມກ່ຽວກັບງານນີ້ໄດ້ທີ່ https://bit.ly/2OTBznW
☕️☕️ Have you enjoyed your morning coffee yet today? Unique flavor and aroma make coffee one of the world's most popular beverages. On July 16, Creating Linkages and Expanded Agriculture Network (CLEAN) Project funded by U.S. Department of Agriculture and implemented by Winrock International with partner, Department of Agriculture and Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) organized the first-ever virtual coffee tasting for US importers, roasters, quality check managers. The 22 American coffee buyers and an additional 23 stakeholders received samples of Lao specialty coffees from Jing Jhai Coffee Cooperative, Bolaven Plateau Coffee Producers Cooperative (CPC) and Bolaven Farms, along with an instruction booklet prior to the live webinar event that included cupping. The CLEAN project is helping bridge the gap between Lao farmers and the coffee roasters who are willing to pay a premium for quality coffee by following a specific grading process and transparency of financial returns for farmers. The virtual event was set up in lieu and place of the Specialty Coffee Expo event in Portland in April that was canceled due to #COVID19. To learn more, click here to watch the recorded coffee cupping here https://bit.ly/2OTBznW
Q Processing provides a scientific and technical approach to processing coffees that improves quality, standardizes procedures, increases competitiveness, reduces risk, and creates a system that can be trusted throughout the supply chain. The Q Processing program is newer than CQI’s Q Grader certification. Currently there are 522 Q Processing Professionals, and 273 of those were certified in 2019.
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