The next Q Processing Level 3 Field Intensive from Coffee Quality Institute will take place at Hacienda Alsacia, Starbucks’ coffee farm on the slopes of the Poas volcano, about 45 minutes from Costa Rica’s capital city, San Jose. The farm is the perfect site for these advanced students of coffee processing, as it also serves as Starbucks global research and development facility.
“Q Processing 3 is devoted to developing experts in coffee processing from around the world and having a host like Starbucks and Hacienda Alsacia will give students a wonderful opportunity to focus on pushing the envelope when they continue in their careers,” offered a Joel Shuler, CQI’s processing specialist and course instructor. “We first want to make sure these participants understand state-of-the-art coffee processing, and then encourage them to contribute to that body of information when they return to their homes, which are scattered around the world.”
The networking and cross-pollination that occurs when coffee professionals gather is an important component of the QP3 course. Altogether, thirty students from 22 countries will meet to learn and share their own experiences. When the intensive ends, relationships will continue, and those can be as valuable as any training.
“Every coffee community is different and faces its own challenges.” Shuler added. “But the passion for trying new techniques and improving the quality of coffee is consistent in this group of experts. As we matriculate more of these creative, driven individuals through this rigorous program, they’ll provide unique processing possibilities for farmers everywhere. This program is an important addition to the toolbox that will help producers face trials that include climate change and changing markets.”
The students who will join CQI in Costa Rica are training to be the next generation leaders in coffee processing, and their future contributions will benefit more than their own farms and businesses.