Coffee Quality Institute and World Coffee Research join forces

World Coffee Research (WCR) and the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) have announced the formation of a new coalition. The partner’s first project will be with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Land O’Lakes International Development, to research genetic markers to scientifically identify the Yemen origin, which could increase international markets for these fine coffees. “The strength of WCR combined with the expertise of CQI under the prestigious Borlaug Institute will provide a one-stop service center for coffee development activities,” said Timothy Schilling, WCR Executive Director, in a statement. “By joining forces, we are able to take on full projects and provide a unique service to the industry that has never existed before. WCR specialises in fundamental research, driven R&D, and market research, and CQI in coffee production and processing improvements, sensory analysis/green coffee grading, and other technical expertise. “CQI is excited to have this formal relationship with WCR in order to fully integrate and centralise global coffee development work. We are thrilled to be part of this unprecedented partnership to improve quality around the world,” said David Roche, Executive Director of CQI, in a statement. According to the statement, the organisations will continue to work autonomously. The partners have announced that future projects may be undertaken in Rwanda and Burundi in the upcoming months.

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