Q Program Staff

[wpg width=”198″ height=”300″ align=”right”]The Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) is pleased to announce that our Q Program team is growing. Trish Rothgeb is joining CQI’s staff to assist with program management, development and oversight.  She will be working with staff members Roukiat Delrue and Rosangela Mancilla. David Roche, CQI Executive Director, remarks that, “Trish will be a valuable addition to CQI and will enable us to improve the Q system, provide increased integrity to our professional services and liaison with SCAA professional development programs.”
The Q Program is part of CQI’s Q Coffee System, an internationally recognized program for evaluating cup quality, and is based on a standardized system using the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) protocols. Worldwide, there are currently 2314 Q Graders (Arabica coffee graders), 89 R Graders (Robusta coffee graders), 33 Q Instructors and 6 R Instructors. CQI works with in-country partners in 18 coffee producing countries to coordinate Q and R training, and green grading coffees for export.
Trish is assuming the position of Director of Programs  – Q and Educational Services. She can be reach attrothgeb@coffeeinstitute.org). She will be responsible for develop and implementation CQI’s activities and strategies to increase the number of students enrolled in Q Training Services Programs internationally through both CQI initiated and private sector programs. She will work to build demand and purchase of Q and R graded coffees among coffee traders, roasters, and retailers in the major consuming markets of U.S., Japan, and Europe. She will also work with CQI’s technical staff and project managers to execute training and technical services, and other educational projects in producing countries.
Trish is also the owner and roastmaster of Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters in San Francisco, CA. She began her coffee career as a barista in the late 80’s and has been roasting for more than 20 years, working at renown specialty coffee roasters including Kaffa (Norway), Taylor Maid Farms, and Zoka. An avid traveler in coffee growing regions, she currently teaches cupping and roasting to coffee professionals worldwide, and is credited with conceiving the “third wave of coffee” concept. Trish is a credentialed Q Instructor for Coffee Quality Institute’s Q Grader program. She is a credentialed SCAA instructor, served on the Roasters Guild Executive Council, the World Barista Championship Board of Directors, and was a founding member of the BGA. She has served on cupping juries around the world, including Cup of Excellence, Taste of Harvest, Good Food Awards, and SCAA Coffee of the Year. Trish has also judged US Barista Championship and US Brewers Cup competitions, and helped to develop the new World Coffee Roasting Championship.
Roukiat Delrue has worked with CQI for over a year as Q Services Manager. She can be reached at rdelrue@coffeeinstitute.org. She will continue to work directly with CQI Instructors to coordinate Q and R instruction, certification and calibration, as well as with In-Country-Partners to manage training and grading Services. She also disseminates and administers protocols and requirements related to the Q Coffee System and grading Q Coffees, as well as monitors the training and development of Q & R Assistant Instructors.
Roukiat, a veteran CQI Instructor and Coffee Corps volunteer, is well respected in the barista community. She currently serves as head judge for WBC and WLAC, is the national bodies manager for WCE, and is on Barista Magazine’s Advisory Council.
Rosangela Mancilla will continue to offer Q Database Administrative support for CQI’s Long Beach office. She can be reached at info@coffeeinstitute.org. Her duties continue to be daily function of CQI’s Q Coffee Database, and communication with Q and R Graders and Instructors to ensure the Database is used correctly and records are in order, and reconciles course.


Coffee Quality Institute (CQI), a non-profit organization established in 1996, works internationally to improve the quality of Arabica and Robusta coffees and the lives of the people who produce these coffees. CQI manages three programs to help achieve this goal – the Q Coffee System, Technical Services and the Coffee Corps™ Volunteer Program.
The Q Coffee System, an internationally recognized program for evaluating cup quality, is based on a standardized system using the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) protocols. It is a proven mechanism to increase the value and volume of coffee exports by creating a common language for quality that links quality sellers with quality buyers; key components are certification of professional cuppers as Licensed Q Graders, establishing a strategic relationship with an In-Country Partner (ICP) to manage and oversee the Q Instructor Program, and implementing Q Grading Services on a national scale.
The Coffee Corps™ Volunteer Program supports training and technical assistance to small-to-medium sized producers by matching coffee-industry experts with farmers and associations at origin.

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