Coffee Quality Institute honours Lindsey Bolger

The Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) announced on 16 December that it was awarding Lindsey Bolger of Keurig Green Mountain its 2015 Leadership Medal of Merit honoree. Bolger is Vice President of Coffee Sourcing and Excellence for Keurig. CQI noted that she is an ardent supporter of CQI’s Q Coffee System and has integrated CQI’s common language for quality, using Specialty Coffee Association of America’s (SCAA) standards, throughout Keurig’s value chain. “Lindsey was an early adopter and leader in our Q Program from the very beginning,” said Trish Rothgeb, CQI’s director of Q services, in a statement. “Her support of CQI has helped shape our programs and affected what we are doing today.” Bolger joined Keurig (formerly Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.) in 2001, where she now leads its coffee procurement strategies, including sourcing, contracting, and planning. CQI noted in its statement that Bolger supports its mission to develop direct relationships with the coffee producers and their communities. “Lindsey has had an enlightened career and has furthered the quality of life for coffee growers,” said Sustainable Harvest’s Chief Coffee Officer and CQI trustee Jorge Cuevas in a statement. “Her commitment towards disseminating the ‘language of taste’ is unparalleled.” The Leadership Medal of Merit is CQI’s most prestigious honor and has been presented at SCAA’s annual exposition for nearly a decade. It is given to an extraordinary person who embodies CQI’s mission to improve coffee quality and the lives of people who produce it. Past recipients include Sunalini Menon (Coffee Board of India), Timothy Schilling (World Coffee Research), and Mr. Sergio Fajardo (Governor of Antioquia, Colombia). Bolger will be accepting the award at CQI’s 17th Annual Luncheon, held during SCAA’s exposition in Seattle, Washington, on April 11, 2015.  GCR Magazine featured Bolger on the cover of its January 2014 edition, read the full story HERE  

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