The Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) is pleased to announce the addition of two new staff members. Joel Shuler and Todd Arnette are filling important roles within the organization.
“We are excited to bring both Joel and Todd on board to fill important roles in our education department,” said Tina Yerkes, CEO of the Coffee Quality Institute. “Both have been active participants with CQI as instructors, teaching post-harvest processing and Q grading respectively, as well as helping on origin projects. As experienced coffee professionals throughout the value chain, their experience and enthusiasm is going to help CQI update and expand education offerings, and we are looking forward to increasing impact on coffee quality and the lives of those that produce it.”
Joel Shuler joins CQI as Processing Specialist. In this role he will contribute years of expertise to both formal Q Processing courses and small modular workshop-based training focused for producers on the farm. He holds a master’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Universidade Federal de Lavras with a specialization in coffee post-harvest processing. Shuler is an instructor for all three levels of Q Processing, as well as Q Arabica and Q Robusta.
“I have traveled for my own businesses and to teach CQI courses all over the world,” Shuler said. “I know firsthand the impact that meaningful education can have on outcomes for coffee producers. Working to develop additional ways to offer training lets me put energy into something that has always been important to me.
Todd Arnette will be leading CQI’s Q Program as the manager. He will be supporting the Q Grading community, instructors, and projects at origin. He has been in the specialty coffee industry for more than 20 years and has worked and consulted at every level of the specialty coffee supply chain. Arnette is a Q Arabica Instructor, and has Q Processing certifications as well as experience with SCA education programs and food safety protocols.
“Coffee education is at the core of everything I do,” offered Arnette. “My experience throughout the world has reinforced the importance of the shared language of coffee quality, and I have seen how CQI programming fits in everywhere from traders to smallholders, from formal courses to new ways to achieve better understanding of what makes coffee specialty and how to improve its quality.”
Coffee Quality Institute is a non-profit organization working internationally to improve the quality of coffee and the lives of people who produce it.