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Distinguished Instructor Spotlight: Damon Chen 陳嘉峻

May 4, 2023
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Earlier this year, CQI announced the 2023 Distinguished Instructor recipients, a recognition honoring instructors who have achieved a number of milestones. The recipients of this designation have met a set of criteria – for both Quality Evaluation and Post-Harvest Processing programs. For details click here.

Throughout 2023 we will introduce each distinguished instructor.  

In this spotlight we are catching up with Q Arabica Instructor, Damon Chen. Continue reading below to learn more about Damon.

What was your first job?

My first job was in a chain steak house. I was making salad for a month then got promoted to cook the actual steak but then I quit because I went off to Brazil for a coffee trip. 

 What do you wish someone would have told you when you were first starting out in coffee? 

That I should spend some months in Colombia exploring coffee. They are amazing, also Ethiopia.

What is the thing you enjoy the most about teaching CQI education?

I like to order 2x the number of sets of Q green coffee so I can constantly taste coffees at different Q venues/SCA campuses – which helps me understand more about flavor change under different conditions and environments.


Anything else you would like to share?

I think producers need to have the ability to roast coffee or purchase a small cheap sample roaster to taste what they grow.