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30 Jun 2016

Liz Bishop, Barista Trainer and Coffee Roaster recently completed a week of training and exams in New York City,  Here is her report: 

Q Grader Test Update by Liz

I had heard all of the stories of how hard and grueling the Q Grader exams could be. They are true. The Q is hard and it is an emotional week for everyone involved but our palettes and tasting coffee will never be the same again.

What is a Q Grader?

The Coffee Quality Institute’s Q program exists to accurately and consistency assess coffees submitted for evaluation and to increase the quality across the supply chain. A Q grader is a person who has been certified as having the necessary skills to identify quality coffee and provide detailed reports for lots of coffee that can meet standards for Q certification and CQI Technical reports for those that do not meet Q standards.  A coffee that scores under 80 points in an assessment does not meet Q standards,...

04 Apr 2014
Having just returned from my trip to Sumatra, I’ve had an opportunity to mull over the curiosity that is Sumatra. Most of our partnerships with small farmers are in Latin America so it’s certainly thought provoking to explore a completely different coffee growing culture that exists on...
28 Mar 2014
I was about to submit a blog entry about our recent trip to Sumatra but when this letter came to my inbox last night I felt immediately it would have to take priority. UCIRI Co-op, of Oaxaca Mexico, is one of our longest standing producer partners in Latin America and our co-founders, Jeff and Deb...
12 Mar 2014
Just Us! is always working to remove unnecessary pieces of the coffee buying chain. Last year we purchased nearly 80% of our coffee (by weight) directly from about 70% of our relationships. That’s 11 out of 16 co-ops. By "directly" we mean we negotiate our own contract directly with...
26 Feb 2014
This year, Just Us! Coffee Roasters is celebrating women in agriculture.  Over the course of the years and many visits to producer cooperatives with whom we partner in the Global South, we have witnessed the role of women in all the stages of coffee production.  Their hard work is...
18 Feb 2014
There has recently been a few customer inquiries concerning some statement made by Bulletproof Executive concerning blending coffees, decaffeinating coffees and the methods by which coffee cherries are processed into ready-to-roast green beans. You can read the article here (http://www....