CQI's Q Coffee System locates specialty coffees at origin and helps to improve those that have the potential to meet specialty standards. The effect is a common language between buyers and sellers that draws attention to more specialty coffees while creating an infrastructure that gives producers greater opportunities to enter the marketplace and to increase their economic viability.
When a coffee moves through the Q Coffee System and becomes verified as a Q Coffee™, it signifies an independent confirmation of quality that can truly be deemed specialty. Green coffee samples are submitted to an In-Country Partner (ICP), and 3 Licensed Q Graders (professionally accredited cuppers) ...view middle of the document...
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Additionally, CQI works with a number of certification organizations, including Utz, TransFair, 4Cs and Rainforest Alliance. Through these partnerships, we aim to create more transparency in the specialty coffee value chain while incorporating social and environmental aspects that support quality.
At present Lao has no official export quality standard. In the future, a standard will need to be adopted and enforced as a national coffee quality export standard to assist quality coffee to be better graded, to receive higher prices than low quality coffee, and attain a reputation for consistent, high quality coffee.
Each coffee exporting country usually has it own set of standards developed around its particular coffee industry. These standards might be unique to each country, but must also be understandable to local and international buyers so they can base their coffee purchases on descriptions of coffee from each country. Coffee standards usually cover physical defects, bean size, bean appearance and cup quality. Even with standards in place, internationally traded coffee is normally sold subject to the buyer receiving a representative sample of coffee before the contract is finalised.
Understanding coffee quality standards
A good basis for understanding coffee quality standards is the ICO (International Coffee Organization) minimum standards for coffee as set down in ICC Resolution No. 407/02 of 1 February 2002.
Resolution number 407 Approved at the Plenary Meeting, 1st February 2002
Coffee Quality-Improvement Programme - Implementation
WHEREAS: By Resolution number 406 the International Coffee Council established a Quality Committee to be responsible for drafting and presenting, through the Executive Board, recommendations to the Council for a Coffee Quality-Improvement Programme; The Committee has agreed a series of recommendations contained in document EB-3806/02; The Executive Board has considered these recommendations and modified them in the light of comments received; and In the light of these recommendations as modified by the Board it is deemed appropriate to take the necessary steps to implement the Programme, THE INTERNATIONAL COFFEE COUNCIL RESOLVES:
Sequencing of the Programme
1. The Programme shall comprise a first stage that shall commence on 1 October 2002. In order to make an assessment of the Programme, its progress, costs and impact on quality and prices shall be reviewed in September 2003.
ICC Resolution No. 407/02 1 February 2002 Original: English - 2 - Action from 1 October 2002
A. Minimum standards for exportable coffee
2. Exporting Members shall not export coffee that:
(a) for Arabica, has in excess of 86 defects per 300 g sample (New York green coffee classification/ Brazilian method, or equivalent1); and, for Robusta, has in excess of 150 defects per 300 g (Vietnam, Indonesia, or equivalent);
(b) for both Arabica and Robusta, has a moisture content below...