United States

Alliance for Coffee Excellence / ACE

how-long How long have you been a CQI In-Country Partner (ICP)?
Since 2020

What does it mean to your company/organization to be an ICP?
It's our goal to use our status as an ICP for CQI to continue our mission to support coffee farmers and the broader coffee community by providing educational resources and feedback about coffee quality.

world Provide a summary of what your company/organization accomplishes and include mission if applicable:
The Alliance for Coffee Excellence owns and operates the prestigious Cup of Excellence program. We are a nonprofit membership organization that brings together the global marketplace in order to create a more transparent and sustainable economic future for high quality farmers.

 What is your relationship with CQI/the Q Program?
Since its creation in 2015 the ACE Lab in Portland Oregon has been a proud host of CQI Educational programing.

 What do you think are the opportunities of CQI's Q Coffees program?
We believe the Q Coffees program provides a unique opportunity for coffee farmers to receive important unbiased feedback on their product.

 What do you think are the benefits of being a CQI ICP?
By acting as an ICP for CQI we hope to continue building a network of coffee professionals locally and globally with the ACE Lab in Portland Oregon as its hub.

 

 

Specialty Coffee Association

 

how-long How long have you been a CQI In-Country Partner (ICP)?
Since 2008

 What does it mean to your company/organization to be an ICP?
It means that we have opportunities to connect to coffee communities and provide valuable resources.

world Provide a summary of what your company/organization accomplishes and include mission if applicable:
Engage, inspire, and expand a sustainable global specialty coffee community by leading in research, education, and events.

 What is your relationship with CQI/the Q Program?
A partnership.

 What do you think are the opportunities of CQI's Q Coffees program?
Maybe create reports that show multi-year trends if coffee owners submit the same coffees year after year.

 What do you think are the benefits of being a CQI ICP?
Creating opportunities for Q Graders in the US to support Coffee Producers is by far the greatest benefit.

lightbulb What do you think could be done to improve / increase Q Coffees in the market?
Price might be a barrier to some of the coffee producers that cannot afford to ship and pay for the cost of the Q Sample. I don't have specific feedback to indicate that is an issue, but many have expressed that the cost of a $300 annual company membership is a huge barrier of entry to the SCA. Given that the cost of a coffee sample is $400 I think it's fair to say that some might not be able to afford the high cost. I don't know who initially set our pricing, and I will see if there is any way to reduce the cost.

lightbulb How does your organization benefit from being an ICP?
We benefit most by creating opportunities for Q Graders to contribute to the community. Many have expressed that they would like to help in that way, and they seem to be excited for any opportunity to evaluate samples.