Volunteering with Coffee Quality Institute


CQI has global reach through its educators and also through its volunteers

Professionals in the coffee industry can and have supported Coffee Quality Institute by stepping in to perform different roles and responsibilities.


Are you interested in volunteering as a CQI Coffee Corp Volunteer to provide coffee quality education?


(Posted Sept 5, 2023) Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) is supporting AFCA through their Global Fund. The purpose of the CQI Global Fund is to aid the growth of self-sufficient, thriving, sustainable coffee communities by providing access to education that supports a common language of coffee and the best scientific practices in post-harvest processing and quality evaluation. CQI’s mission, to improve the quality of coffee and the lives of those who produce it, is operationalized by global sharing of knowledge that impacts both the learner and their community.

Through this initiative, the selected volunteer will travel to Kampala, Uganda in November 2023 to deliver the following classes/courses in person:

• Introduction to CQI Cupping

• Understanding Tastes & Flavors

• Q Arabica Cupping Essentials

• Q Arabica Recertification Course

It will be the responsibility of the volunteer to prepare the necessary materials and supplies in coordination with the selected venue, administer all examinations, and report on class/course outcomes.

CQI will cover the costs of travel, meals and incidental expenses, lodging, and materials required for delivery of the classes and courses detailed above.


• Must be a CQI Instructor in good standing and certified to teach the classes/courses detailed above.

The ideal candidate will:

• Will have experience delivering the intro cupper series, at least all classes/courses listed.

• Have experience delivering CQI education in Uganda, East Africa, or other coffee producing countries.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete the application form here.

Other volunteer opportunities at CQI

The board of trustees

These volunteers help CQI by serving in an advisory and governance capacity. They can act as liaisons between CQI and the coffee industry and act as financial oversight.

Content development

CQI goes to community volunteers for advice and testing of new curriculum. This allows us to include people who are working in the particular topic on perhaps a daily basis while we develop new classes and courses o better achieve our mission.


Volunteers who have served in an advisory capacity with CQI for marketing help the organization better communicate their work.

Q Grading

Sometimes a project may require coffees to be Q Graded, and our community has been very generous in supplying their expertise to provide accurate assessment of improvement.

Project support

These volunteers can be a part of a local coffee competition, add market connections, share post-harvest processing techniques, and more.

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Interested in being a volunteer with Coffee Quality Institute?

Please email info@coffeeinstitute.org