How long have you been in coffee?
Which countries have you taught in?
Switzerland, Colombia (as assistant)
What's your favorite coffee origin?
I have many: Indonesia, Guatemala, Colombia, Kenya
What do you think are the benefits of taking the Q?
Taking the Q-Grading course creates awareness about quality and about requirements and skills that are needed in order to assess coffee objectively and in a consistent manner. For me that is the more important thing, that the participants realize, that Grading and Quality Control of coffee is not just about tasting, it requires a deeper understanding of many different topics. Having a good understanding of the Q-System makes communication of cuppers easier because it provides a common language and a standardized procedure, that can be applied anywhere.
What languages do you speak?
Spanish, German, English
What other activities do you do in the coffee industry?
I am Manager of the Quality Department of a Green Coffee Company, I offer Consultancy services in regards of Quality Assurance of Green Coffee to our Export and Import Companies, this means I travel a lot to origin in order to train the quality staff and to help to implement quality control procedures. In general I am coaching our quality managers in regards of "development of sensory abilities", in general I am in charge of "educating" our quality managers. Besides my responsibilities in the company I am active participating as a Judge at barista competitions at national level as well as world competitions. I am also collaborating with the Committee for Rules & Regulations of the World Roasting Championship.