CQI is pleased to welcome Guy Burdett to its board of trustees! With nearly three decades in the specialty coffee industry (all with InterAmerican Coffee), Guy is a great addition to the roster and brings a plethora of knowledge and experience to the table. He has been involved in all aspects of the industry including: sourcing, cupping, importing, and providing top quality coffee to roasters. Guy has made numerous trips to origin to visit coffee farms, COOPS, millers and exporters. Guy is currently president and CEO at InterAmerican Coffee.


Guy was on the board of the Specialty Coffee Association of America from 1994 to 1996. He recently rejoined the SCAA Board in 2013 and is on the Finance Committee and the International Relations Committee. Guy also served on the Coffee Kids Board from 2010 to 2014.

An avid (crazy) runner, Guy has completed over 20 marathons. He enjoys spending time with his two amazing daughters and his super cool dog Houdini.




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.


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Learn more about the new Q Coffee System

The Q Coffee System

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.