CQI Lecturers

Q Instructors

Gloria Pedroza - Switzerland

Database profile

How long have you been in coffee?

21 years

Which countries have you taught in?

Switzerland, Colombia (as assistant)

What's your favorite coffee origin?

I have many: Indonesia, Guatemala, Colombia, Kenya

What do you think are the benefits of taking the Q?

Taking the Q-Grading course creates awareness about quality and about requirements and skills that are needed in order to assess coffee objectively and in a consistent manner. For me that is the more important thing, that the participants realize, that Grading and Quality Control of coffee is not just about tasting, it requires a deeper understanding of many different topics. Having a good understanding of the Q-System makes communication of cuppers easier because it provides a common language and a standardized procedure, that can be applied anywhere.

What languages do you speak?

Spanish, German, English

What other activities do you do in the coffee industry?

I am Manager of the Quality Department of a Green Coffee Company, I offer Consultancy services in regards of Quality Assurance of Green Coffee to our Export and Import Companies, this means I travel a lot to origin in order to train the quality staff and to help to implement quality control procedures. In general I am coaching our quality managers in regards of "development of sensory abilities", in general I am in charge of "educating" our quality managers. Besides my responsibilities in the company I am active participating as a Judge at barista competitions at national level as well as world competitions. I am also collaborating with the Committee for Rules & Regulations of the World Roasting Championship.