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30 Jun 2016

Liz Bishop, Barista Trainer and Coffee Roaster recently completed a week of training and exams in New York City,  Here is her report: 

Q Grader Test Update by Liz

I had heard all of the stories of how hard and grueling the Q Grader exams could be. They are true. The Q is hard and it is an emotional week for everyone involved but our palettes and tasting coffee will never be the same again.

What is a Q Grader?

The Coffee Quality Institute’s Q program exists to accurately and consistency assess coffees submitted for evaluation and to increase the quality across the supply chain. A Q grader is a person who has been certified as having the necessary skills to identify quality coffee and provide detailed reports for lots of coffee that can meet standards for Q certification and CQI Technical reports for those that do not meet Q standards.  A coffee that scores under 80 points in an assessment does not meet Q standards,...

14 May 2015
Since our last blog entry on Nicaragua we have been to the area to visit with the co-operatives and see how things are progressing. Here is some of the news from our visit. Coffee Leaf Rust and the Nicaraguan Harvest The coffee harvest in Nicaragua is over and farmers are breathing a sigh of relief...
14 May 2015
The last couple of days spent at the 4th Annual General Meeting off the Small Producer Symbol had some exciting moments and some not so exciting moments. Spending 10-12 hours at a time in a windowless hotel conference room listening to meeting proceedings in Spanish can be tedious and exhausting...
28 Apr 2015
May 1st marks the three year anniversary of the murder of a community leader in Santa Cruz Barillas, Guatemala who opposed the damming of the sacred river, Q’am B’alam (Yellow Tiger).  Killed by security guards from a Spanish-owned hydroelectric company (Hidralia Energia), the...
24 Apr 2015
We’ve told you the basics, but we know you probably have more questions. Here are our answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, drop us a line at info@ justuscoffee.com and we’d be happy to answer your...
21 Apr 2015
We have a big announcement to make. We’ve been working on a top-secret project for well over a year and we’re so excited to finally share the results with you! It’s been a grueling (we actually can’t believe how much hard work was involved) process that has taken great...