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?
Our role as an ICP is invaluable in collaboration and connection to both CQI and to coffee professionals across the globe from coffee producers to baristas.

world Provide a summary of what your company/organization accomplishes and include mission if applicable:
The Specialty Coffee Association’s mission is to 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?
As an In-Country Partner in the United States, we process green coffee samples that are submitted for Q Grading. Our ICP Coordinator helps to facilitate the process to ensure a fair and efficient experience for the producer.

 What do you think are the opportunities of CQI's Q Coffees program?
There is great opportunity in educational resources to those interested in becoming Q Graders but also for those who are submitting their coffee samples for evaluation.

 What do you think are the benefits of being a CQI ICP?
As an ICP, it is great being a resource for coffee producers looking for feedback and analysis on their coffee while connecting with them directly throughout the process.

lightbulb What do you think could be done to improve / increase Q Coffees in the market?

Increased awareness about the program and the opportunities it provides would be beneficial.

lightbulb How does your organization benefit from being an ICP?

Being an ICP aligns with our mission in engaging with the specialty coffee community by being a resource to assist, facilitate and process green coffee sample evaluations.