CQI Lecturers

Q Instructors

Matt Swenson - United States

Database profile

How long have you been in coffee?

12+ years

Which countries have you taught in?

USA, Brazil, Myanmar

What's your favorite coffee origin?


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

The Q teaches the fundamentals of coffee analysis in an extremely thorough manner and builds the confidence of everyone who takes it. On a professional level, it sets a standard for current and prospective employers that your baseline knowledge is at the Q grader level. Clear communication is crucial within specialty coffee, and the program builds skills that can help streamline and standardize communications internally and with supply chain partners all over the world.

What languages do you speak?


What other activities do you do in the coffee industry?

I am a director of coffee at Chameleon Cold-brew. There I manage our sourcing and risk management, roast profiles and formulations, extraction specifications, and all other things coffee. Beyond that, I am also a member of Coffee Corp, volunteering my time with coffee based projects throughout the world.

Anything else you'd like to add?

The six day Q will be some of the best and most intense 6 days of your coffee career.