CQI has been working with the government of Antioquia, Colombia, to further its mission to improve coffee quality and promote the department as a worldwide leader of specialty coffee. The governor of Antioquia, Sergio Fajardo Valderrama, was just recognized as CQI's 2014 Leadership Medal of Merit recipient, where during his acceptance speech, he discussed the progress within the region: a three-tier approach to remove inequality, illegality, and corruption while using education as an engine for social transformation. Antioquia has also been actively partnering with SCAA to conduct courses and training.
Further, an SCAA Roaster Level 1 course was just completed within the department with the help of SCAA Instructor and Coffee Corps™ volunteer Jose Rene Martinez, and several more courses are planned for the second half of the year. We look forward to continuing progress and bringing world class coffee from Antioquia to the specialty industry. Stay tuned for more updates!
OUR 16th ANNUAL LUNCHEON: A RECAP
Our 16th Annual Luncheon was quite a success. With a sold out crowd, we honored Governor Fajardo from Antioquia, Colombia, with CQI's Leadership Medal of Merit. He engulfed the stage with passion and commitment to his department within Colombia and highlighted his goal of using education as an engine for social transformation. As part of his platform, Governor Fajardo is dedicated to improving education and increasing collaboration within his department so the world can enjoy high quality coffees from Antioquia. Through education, he said, they are building a path to freedom. His entire speech can be found here.
We'd also like to send a big thank you and a hug to all our 2014 Luncheon Sponsors, without whom, this event would not have been possible!
A VIDEO ABOUT US
CQI works around the world to create a common language of quality through several of its programs. On any given month, we’re out in the field, teaching producers how to process coffee more efficiently, or teaching a Q Course via one of our brilliantly talented Q Instructors. Our organization has a stronghold on providing technical services to coffee producing origins and is recognized as the training organization for the industry.
We'd love for you to take some time and get to know us a bit better via this video. Any questions or feedback? Hit us up on Twitter @thecqi!
The Q Coffee System locates specialty coffees at origin and helps to improve those that have the potential to meet specialty standards. The effect is a common language between buyers and sellers that draws attention to more specialty coffees while creating an infrastructure that gives producers greater opportunities to enter the marketplace and to increase their economic viability. This fall, CQI is pleased to introduce its new addition to the program, Q Robusta.