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Coffee Quality Institute: CQI

CQI is a non-profit organization working internationally to improve the quality of coffee and the lives of people who produce it.

Coffee Quality Institute Q Grader & R Grader programme

The Q Programme identifies quality coffees and brings them to market through a credible and verifiable system. A common standard for both Q Arabica, (Specialty Grade) and Q Robusta (Fine Robusta Grade) coffee has resulted in a universally shared language and standard top scoring lots. The Q engages the industry at the producer level to identify lots for specialty, at the export/import level by certifying individuals to grade coffees, and at the buyer level to offer a consumer-facing product with the Q Certification Mark. This system’s infrastructure has resulted in greater opportunity for producers to access premium prices, increase competitiveness, and improve economic viability.

CQI Q Cupping Essentials
CQI Q Cupping Essentials

CQI’s Q Coffee System is an internationally recognized program for...

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CQI Q Grader
CQI Q Grader

A Q Arabica Grader is a highly trained and calibrated coffee taster who...

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CQI Q Processing Level 1 Renewal Course
CQI Q Processing Level 1 Renewal Course

This course reviews core QP1 objectives and concepts in order for students...

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CQI R Grader
CQI R Grader

CQI’s Q Robusta Course is an intensive review of the cupping and grading...

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Q Arabica Calibration
Q Arabica Calibration

Q Graders must calibrate their skills every three years. Calibration...

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Other Courses

CQI Q Processing generalist
CQI Q Processing generalist

The Q Processing program links processing to flavour and quality in the...

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