CQI to Honor Dr. Tim Schilling At The Event

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.

Beginning in 2003, a very special partnership began between CQI’s Coffee Corps Program and the USAID-funded SPREAD project. Over the course of three years, in coordination with SPREAD, 18 Coffee Corps volunteers undertook assignments in Rwanda and provided training and technical assistance to the local coffee professionals who were experiencing economic devastation While this support from CQI and the industry was vital, this was just one part of a series of initiatives aimed at restoring the coffee industry in Rwanda. The total effect was profound and there is no question the dramatic advancements would not have been realized without the leadership and dedication of Dr. Tim Schilling. Dr. Schilling was also instrumental in bringing the Q to Rwanda and helping establish a foundation for CQI to continue its work there. They honor him this year with the CQI Leadership Medal of Merit, not just for his contribution to Rwanda and the world of coffee, but for his role in extending the important work of CQI.

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!