Improving the quality of coffee and the lives of people who produce it.

Improving the quality of coffee and the lives of people who produce it.

Empowering Stories In Coffee Quality

Empowering Stories In Coffee Quality

Yimara Martinez Agudelo

-

READ MORE
First Female World Barista Champion

First Female World Barista Champion

Joins Q Program
-

READ MORE
From Q Grader to CQI Volunteer to Q Instructor

From Q Grader to CQI Volunteer to Q Instructor

Alin Giriada

-

READ MORE

View this post on Instagram

Melanie Edwards is a native of North Carolina who has been living and working in the mountains of Myanmar for the past nineteen years. She began rural assessment and community development work in 2001. Melanie helped establish Lilypad as a local company in 2006 with projects ranging from ceramic water filters, interlocking compressed earth blocks, Moringa, natural farming, to raising rabbits and stink-free pigs. Since 2015 Melanie has been leading an exploration into a specialty coffee initiative in southern Shan State called Behind the Leaf Coffee. . . "I have spent 19 years in Myanmar, patiently, hopefully, delving deeper into pages of the Pa-O people’s story. Mist-shrouded mountains, unrest, and destructive crops have hidden villages of the Pa-O for generations. Not anymore. One treasured day, my coworkers at Lilypad and I were invited in. As we sipped bitter tea by a crackling fire, we listened and were captivated by stories of coffee being smuggled out of these valleys in an era when trade was restricted. I was distraught to hear how many farmers cut down their trees because the market price was so low. There, in that maze of stories, we hatched a question, what if? What if, in this valley hidden from Westerners for so long, there was a hidden treasure? What if, in this valley aching for hope, an answer was already present? As we sought that answer, a specialty coffee emerged. Our team of accidental entrepreneurs partnered with the Pa-O coffee farmers to resurrect their coffee farms, harvest at peak time and process the beans meticulously. Our partnership produced something we’re proud of, an endeavor to provide a sustainable and honorable income for families who’ve been hidden much like their coffee – Behind the Leaf." 📷 @ataliebalephotography . . . Improving Quality. Changing Lives. . . . #womenincoffee #myanmarcoffee #lilypad #behindtheleafcoffee #coffeeprofessional #cqi #coffeequalityinstitute #specialtycoffee #IWD2020 #EachforEqual

A post shared by Coffee Quality Institute (@thecqi) on

News & Articles

SEE ALL

Learn More About the Q Processing Program

Learn More

Upcoming Q Courses

Register Today