United States

Specialty Coffee Association

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

coffee 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.