Switzerland

how-long How long have you been a CQI In-Country Partner (ICP)?
Since 2018

coffee What does it mean to your company/organization to be an ICP?
NKG Quality vision is to offer education related to coffee quality for the coffee industry and
also provide objective evaluation of different coffee products. Becoming an ICP will allow us to
contribute in a larger scale to our vision.

world Provide a summary of what your company/organization accomplishes and
include mission if applicable:
Quality Advisory Unit of Neumann Kaffee Gruppe. We offer customized service products
related to quality assurance of green coffee, objective evaluation of coffee products, sensory
and green coffee grading training.

 What is your relationship with CQI/the Q Program?
We primarily support the program with marketing of Q-Grading courses

Please list project work or national course offerings you helped coordinate.
Q-Grading courses in Switzerland, Russia, France and Germany
Also supported one of CQI's projects in Philippines

 What do you think are the opportunities of CQI's Q Coffees program?
With the growth of the specialty coffee segment. The offer of specialty coffees is big and there
is no certainty about the fulfillment of the current specialty quality specifications. We believe
that there is a need to provide a certification for quality not only for producers, but also for
buyers/importers.

 What do you think are the benefits of being a CQI ICP?
NKG Quality vision is to offer education related to coffee quality for the coffee industry and
also provide objective evaluation of different coffee products. We are aware that the quality of
coffee, green and in the cup, are essential to negotiate terms and price within a contract and
we see the need in the market to provide a credible tool for that. Q-Grader and Q-Coffee
certifications are a good way to provide the market with standardized criteria and credible tools
to give certainty about the products, that are traded.

languages  What do you think could be done to improve / increase Q Coffees in the
market?
It is important to promote this option. The market is not aware, that this option exists, but there
is a need of having guidelines, standards and certification of quality from a neutral entity.
With the growth of the specialty coffee segment, people are creating "qualities" and brands,
that don't necessarily fulfill the specifications of specialty coffee. We see buyers questioning
the quality they are buying and needing a confirmation about the quality from experienced
people.

lightbulb Does your company benefit from hosting Q Evaluations as an ICP? If so,
how?
NKG Quality vision is to offer education related to coffee quality for the coffee industry and
also provide objective evaluation of different coffee products. Becoming an ICP will allow us to
contribute in a larger scale to our vision.

lightbulb How does your organization benefit from being an ICP?
NKG Quality vision is to offer education related to coffee quality for the coffee industry and
also provide objective evaluation of different coffee products. Becoming an ICP will allow us to
contribute in a larger scale to our vision.