The Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) is scheduled to host a luncheon to honor Dr. Tim Schilling for his contributions to the coffee industry. The luncheon, to be held at The Event in Houston on April 30th, will mark the 13th year that CQI has hosted a major function at expo. After hearing what they’ve got in store for attendees, we can assure you that this is one event you won’t want to miss.
CQI is a nonprofit organization working internationally to improve the quality of coffee and the lives of the people who produce it. CQI provides training and technical assistance to coffee producers and other individuals in the supply chain to increase the value, volume and sustainability of high quality coffee production. CQI also works toward building institutional capacity in coffee producing countries by creating systems and infrastructure that encourage a focus on quality that leads to higher farmer incomes.
Aside from their work in Rwanda, CQI is also working on several exciting projects. The first is a new database that is dynamic, engaging and customizable. With nearly 1,000 people registered on the site, users can search for Q Coffees™ that meet their needs or simply view a wide range of Q Coffees™ in real time that include Q Grader notes, a detailed breakdown of the attributes and much more. They can also connect with the owner of a particular coffee, connect with other users on the site and see upcoming events. Additionally, CQI has been working hard to create standards for Fine Robusta. They have been working closely with Uganda, among other countries, and have recently certified 22 Robusta Graders (professionally accredited cuppers of Robusta coffee). They believe there is an opportunity for these producers to provide an increasingly better quality product and raise the overall value for this often underappreciated product.
To learn more about the CQI, we encourage you to attend the luncheon on Saturday, April 30th,2011, from 12:00-1:30 pm. For more details, including pricing and location, please visit The Event website. We look forward to seeing all of you there to help honor Dr. Schilling!