PROMOTING A COMMON LANGUAGE OF QUALITY
With over 7,000 Q Arabica and Q Robusta Graders worldwide – and counting – it is no surprise that the Q Program has been integrated into hundreds of companies around the world.
The Q Program 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.
The Q Program is dependent on our In-Country Partners (ICP) to facilitate Q Evaluations around the world.
When CQI created the most renowned certification for coffee cuppers, Q Graders, it created a demanding professional certification that filled a vacuum in the market when it launched in 2003. It catapulted CQI into becoming a leading player in the world of coffee professional certifications. So it’s no surprise that in 2017, CQI is launching another an innovative program that will surely fill another void in the market: coffee processing. There has been a major focus at the consuming level towards creating educational certifications for baristas and roasters and green buyers. However, there has been little focus at the mill level. CQI is proud to launch a new component to the Q Program, Q Processing, to certify competencies around coffee processing.
We employ a global perspective, grounded in technical understanding, while offering practical solutions to meet local challenges. Uniquely, we operate with strong ties to the coffee trade to emphasize market access as a vital part of long-term solutions. Our innovative approaches to quality development continue to meet the needs of a volatile coffee market. Thank you for support, and we look forward to working with you soon.
Q Arabica was the first component CQI launched as part of the Q Program, over 15 years ago. The concept was simple: train everyone in the supply chain to speak a common language of quality, thus elevating arabica coffee worldwide, and ultimately rewarding producers for higher quality and opening new market opportunities. Based on arabica standards set forth by the Specialty Coffee Association, CQI provides rigorous and comprehensive training for all those in the supply chain looking to better understand and identify high quality arabica coffee.
Q Robusta, also within the Q Program, was developed in cooperation with the Ugandan Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) in 2010, and launched by CQI globally to improve the quality of robusta, including training of coffee professionals in the standards for Fine Robusta.