The week spent in College Station, Texas with the GCQRI (Global Coffee Quality Research Initiative) congress addressed many important questions in approaching the implementation, finance, and structural organization of the GCQRI.  Vision was established, and the excitement and focus on the future of the initiative remained inspirational.

Friday morning the room broke out into discussion tables to address why and how each sector of the coffee industry would benefit from investing in the GCQRI.  At the roasting discussion table sat; Trish Rothgeb (Wrecking Ball), Thompson Owen (Sweet Maria’s), James Hoffman (Square Mile), Jon Ferguson (Cultiva), Amanda Slade (Safehouse), Byron Holcomb (Dallis Bros.), Ildi Revi (Leopard Forest), and Bruce Mullin (CBI)

As a brief summary to GCQRI’s congress experience,  we have summarized some key points as to why many small to midsize roasters may be interested in investing in the research and development initiative.

By investing in the GCQRI, roasters are:

  • increasing value of coffee for the farmer, therefore  are able to directly invest in improving the quality of life for farmers.
  • increasing the availability of quality coffee for the consumer, therefore securing roaster’s ability to continue to increase the level of quality coffee being sold.
  • given access to participate and have a direct voice in research and development issues which are directly related to maintaining integrity of quality in coffee.

Limiting the benefits to investing in the GCQRI to these three bullet points function as a quick way to summarize the main points.  There are endless reasons why everyone should support the GCQRI’s research and development, but these three specific points were unanimously shared throughout the roasting community.  To ensure issues are addressed fairly, investors should plan to see at least one seat on the GCQRI Board of Directors representing small to mid-sized roasters. It’s a great start to a very much needed research and development effort!

Jacek A. Koziel, Ph.D. (right)

On another note,  I met Dr. Jacek Koziel, Associate Professor of Air Quality Engineering and Livestock Odor, from Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.  Dr. Koziel invited Cultiva’s staff to join him in his lab to analyze the aromatic compounds in a coffee selection from Cultiva’s inventory.  He is currently involved in a project which is analyzing the aromatics of the potato defect in coffee.  He also informed me about his previous research on ladybugs, informing me  on how the color of a ladybug’s shell determines a certain amount of distinct aromatic compounds that…nevermind, this man is amazing!

The only thing I need to do now is choose which coffee to sample!  Kenyan perhaps?

One Response to “GCQRI”
  1. Tom Vincent says:

    Thats awesome Jonathan! I wish I could have made it to College Station for this event. It sounds like it was a really positive experience!

    Lets chat sometime in the near future, perhaps we can promote a cupping with your coffees or work together on something sometime soon.

    Take care!


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