Mexico

how-long How long have you been a CQI In-Country Partner (ICP)?
Since 2018

coffee What does it mean to your company/organization to be an ICP?
Being an ICP is an important service that SMCCE performs for the coffee industry in Mexico. We strongly believe that working with CQI in education and coffee certification provides the coffee sector in Mexico a foundation to standardize and improve our coffee quality and strengthen the specialty coffee market.

world Provide a summary of what your company/organization accomplishes and
include mission if applicable:

AMCCE is a non-profit based in Mexico City who's objectives are: to promote the growth of the specialty coffee community in Mexico through training, certification and information, to develop barista and roaster competitions, and to connect all of the different members of the coffee chain (from producer to end consumer) in order to understand and support their particular needs.

 What is your relationship with CQI/the Q Program?
We certify coffee lots and organize the Q Coffee certification in Mexico. Our staff are Q Grader certified and two of them are Assistant Instructors. We are also organizing Q Processing Level 1 courses in Mexico.

 What do you think are the opportunities of CQI's Q Coffees program?
There is a wide universe of opportunities for the Q Coffees program, especially in developing a controlled and standardized system for production with metric analysis of coffee quality and the impact of new varieties. The robusta program can be a big help in the future when finding solutions to climate change and diversification. On the other hand, the growth in demand of coffees that use different processing methods makes CQI's role in developing standardized methodology and research ever more important. We need to involve growers. There is no sense in having so many Q Graders without the involvement of those technical cuppers in the production sites.

 What do you think are the benefits of being a CQI ICP?
The main benefit is to collaborate with one of the most important organizations that improves quality and provides the framework for a better living to all of those that love and live coffee. We want to be part of the specialty movement and to work with an organization that is doing research and keeps innovating in coffee and spreading trends and knowledge with a scientific background. From out side, AMCCE can be an important ally of CQI, giving support and continuity to all of its trainings, programs, and initiatives being developed.

lightbulb Anything else you'd like to add?
The leadership of CQI comes not only from the programs but also from the people involved. They are brilliant, humble and comprising of a specialty community of people that run all the programs and operations. We feel like we are part of a community of professionals and we are very proud to work with the Q Graders, Instructors, Coffee Corps Volunteers, and growers.

lightbulb What do you think could be done to improve / increase Q Coffees in the market?
To Implement a system to verify the existence of coffee lots and more marketing about the Q Certification program.

lightbulb Does your company benefit from hosting Q Evaluations as an ICP? If so,
how?
Yes, we offer Q Graders the opportunity to Calibrate.

lightbulb How does your organization benefit from being an ICP?
We share with CQI the vision and activities that improve coffee quality.

 

how-long How long have you been a CQI In-Country Partner (ICP)?
Since 2016

coffee What does it mean to your company/organization to be an ICP?

Being ICP of CQI means that we are promoters of the Q program in Mexico to promote a standardized evaluation system for specialty coffees.

world Provide a summary of what your company/organization accomplishes and
include mission if applicable:

Our mission is to generate bases for a sustainable Mexican coffee growing through the articulation of the coffee sector and its knowledge with science, technology and the government sector; under an agroecological, social economy approach and through research, development and innovation. As an organization, we have managed to be champions of the Cup of Excellence in conjunction with the producers we support, winners of the Productive Innovation Award of the Sierra Madre Oriental Corridor promoted by the German Cooperation Agency and CONANP, and have linked specialty coffee exports to Japan and invited to participate in events at Stanford University, Oxford, the International Coffee Organization, the Let's Talk Coffee event, with FAO, the International Labor Organization, Latin American Coffee Summit and projects and diplomas in collaboration with the Intersectoral Network for Coffee Growing (Café In Red) and the National Center for Technological Development and Innovation of Coffee CENACAFE.

 What is your relationship with CQI/the Q Program?

Since the creation of Cafecol, A.C. in 2009, in our cupping laboratory, we based the evaluation standards for specialty coffees on the Q evaluation system. We promote that the evaluations of specialty coffees are carried out by current Q cuppers in the CQI database.

 What do you think are the opportunities of CQI's Q Coffees program?

In Mexico, in recent years there has been an increase in the consumption of specialty coffees. Producers and consumers are increasingly involved in understanding the coffee value chain in depth. In this sense, there is a growing demand for Certification courses for tasters, and professionalization in processes and certification of Q lots , mainly for export.

 What do you think are the benefits of being a CQI ICP?

In the world of specialty coffees, the Q program is recognized worldwide for certifying the technical capabilities of the professionals who are in charge of assessing the quality of the coffees promoted as specialty. Being a collaborator of the CQI, makes us part of this team of professionals, committed to the preservation of quality and well-being for all actors and links in the coffee production and transformation chain.