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Ensure the future of coffee

Mission

Grow, protect, and enhance supplies of quality coffee while improving the livelihoods of the families who produce it.

Strategy

All of our projects are designed to enhance the livelihoods of the producers who are the stewards of both quality and productivity. If we lose them, we lose the game and future of the industry.

Vision

To create a toolbox of coffee varieties, genetic resources and accompanying technologies and to disseminate them strategically and collaboratively in producing countries to alleviate constraints to the supply chain of high quality coffee.

Impact

Our globe-spanning trials and projects in 21 countries are all designed to deliver:

  • Higher quality coffee

  • More productive coffee farms

  • More sustainable and dignified livelihoods for coffee farmers

How we work

Collaboratively

We don't do this work alone. We collaborate with the best minds in coffee science, wherever they are. We have partnered with researchers from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), one of world-leading food security research organizations; CIRAD, a French academic institute that has made critical contributions to coffee research; and Kew Gardens, one of the world's premier botanical research centers, among many others.

Globally

Most of our research is done in the places where coffee is grown. We partner with local research institutions, coffee organizations, governments, and NGOs who can ensure maximum impact.  We believe its essential to build the human and institutional capacity in these countries, and are working to foster the next generation of coffee scientists and expand the network of coffee research institutions in producing countries through collaborative research and training.

Openly

Our research is “precompetitive” and for the benefit of the entire coffee industry. As often as possible, scholarly works resulting from our research are published in open-access journals. 

Leadership

Our scientific and administrative leadership team create and execute an ambitious research agenda.

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Vern Long

CEO

Vern Long is the Chief Executive Officer of World Coffee Research, the world’s first global, collaborative agricultural R&D organization for coffee. A plant breeder by training, Long brings 25 years of experience in international agricultural research with a focus on smallholders, and deep expertise on genetic resources policy. Prior to joining WCR, Long served as the director of the Office of Agricultural Research and Policy at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she managed a global program portfolio of >$140 million per year. Long has substantial experience convening diverse stakeholders from industry, national governments, CGIAR international agricultural research centers, university scientists, and farmers—to formulate a shared crop research agenda to improve productivity among smallholder farmers. Her work has spanned low- and middle-income countries in diverse geographies including Central America, West Africa, East and Southern Africa, and South Asia.  She has served on various multi-donor working groups, including as Chair of the Agricultural Research Working Group of the Global Donor Platform on Rural Development based in Bonn, Germany.  She received her PhD in plant genetics from Cornell University.

Email: vern@worldcoffeeresearch.org

Dr. Timothy Schilling

Timothy Schilling

Founder, President of WCR Europe

Timothy Schilling is the founder of World Coffee Research, the world’s first global, collaborative agricultural R&D organization for coffee. A scientist and development expert, Dr. Schilling was the first to bring widespread attention in the coffee industry to the fact that coffee is an orphan crop: grown in poor countries, consumed in rich countries, and researched in neither.

Dr. Schilling galvanized the world coffee industry, worth $174 billion dollars per year, to recognize the potentially disastrous vulnerabilities it faced due to the lack of functional, global, open-source research and development programs that create new knowledge and technologies for the benefit of farmers.

World Coffee Research was thus born in 2012. The same year, when the first reports of a massive epidemic of a fungal disease called coffee leaf rust were circulating in Central America, Dr. Schilling sounded alarms and organized the first Coffee Leaf Rust Summit in Guatemala.  That summit resulted in concrete actions including development bank support loans to national governments for fungicides and access to credit for farmers through guarantees from USAID.  The most sustainable result, however, was the launch of World Coffee Research’s global coffee breeding program for rust resistance and climate resilience, and the establishment of a global network of trial sites to advance knowledge on coffee variety performance.

In the few short years since World Coffee Research was founded, Dr. Schilling has delivered tangible, pragmatic results to shore up the coffee industry’s goal to secure long-term sustainable supplies of high quality coffee. He has grown the nonprofit organization to encompass offices in France, the United States, and El Salvador, where WCR has also established a research farm. The organization has formed dozens of collaborative partnerships with coffee organizations, NGOs, and governments to execute applied R&D for genetic improvement and agronomic advancements for coffee.
 
Prior to founding World Coffee Research, Dr. Schilling led two programs to rebuild the Rwandan coffee sector after the country’s genocide. The USAID PEARL and SPREAD projects were crucial to the successful entry of Rwanda into the American and European Specialty Coffee markets. PEARL and SPREAD doubled incomes for over 100,000 small coffee producers in Rwanda and fundamentally changed the image of Rwanda in the international press.  Prior to his work in coffee, Dr. Schilling led several other major international initiatives, working with universities, the U.S. Congress, USAID, and national agricultural institutes across Africa and Latin America to establish research programs to increase sorghum and millet food supplies.  He holds a Ph.D. in plant breeding and genetics in from North Carolina State University.

Email: tim@worldcoffeeresearch.org

Salvador Urrutia Loucel

Salvador Urrutia Loucel

Latin America Director

Salvador Urrutia Loucel is the Latin America director for World Coffee Research, providing coordination and oversight of all activities in the region. Salvador earned his degree in Agricultural Engineering with a specialization in economics at the University Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas. In his 34 years of professional work, nearly 20 years have been in the cultivation of coffee. He has worked as a technician, as general manager in a local coffee company, and at the research institution PROCAFE. From 1999 to 2004, he was the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of El Salvador, where he supported the coffee sector with economic and production-focused programs and provided support to coffee institutions in El Salvador and across Central America. He lives in Santa Ana, El Salvador. Email: salvador@worldcoffeeresearch.org

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Hanna Neuschwander

Communications Director

Whether she’s explaining the impact of climate change to a room full of coffee roasters, or coffee genetics to a hedge fund trader, or coffee brewing to her mom, the intersection of coffee, science, and communication is Hanna's passion. She is the author of over 50 magazine articles on coffee, and of the book Left Coast Roast.  (See some of Hanna's talks here and here and here).  In her role as director of strategy and communications with WCR, she works closely with organizations across the coffee value stream to think about how to strategically align and communicate long-term sustainability investments. She is based in Portland, Oregon. Email: hanna@worldcoffeeresearch.org

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Siaska Castro

Administration & Finance Director

Siaska provides overall administrative and financial coordination for the World Coffee Research Program as well as financial planning, coordination and reporting, fund raising accountability and management, and international research contract and grant management. She works with the Board of Directors and is their liaison for financial and administrative work. She grew up in The Netherlands and is fluent in English, Dutch, Portuguese and French. Email: siaska@worldcoffeeresearch.org.

Kraig Kraft

Kraig Kraft

Asia & Africa Director

Kraig H. Kraft is an agroecologist who has worked on rural development issues in Latin America for over 15 years. Prior to joining WCR, Kraig worked with Catholic Relief Services as their Regional Technical advisor for coffee and cacao in Latin America.  Previously, Kraig worked with COSA – the Committee on Sustainability Assessment - where he led impact assessments of sustainability projects in coffee and cacao.  He has served as a consultant on monitoring and evaluation in coffee and cacao projects for the International Finance Corporation (of the World Bank) and to Lutheran World Relief. Kraig is the co-author of a book on climate change and food traditions, Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail.  Kraig is fluent in Spanish and has a M.S. in International Agricultural Development and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Ecology from the University of California, Davis. Kraig was always a fanatic coffee drinker but was really turned on to the variety and diversity of coffee when he started home roasting when in graduate school, purchasing green coffee from Sweet Marias.  He still aspires to roast coffee someday.

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George Kotch

Research Director

Dr. George Kotch started his career as a commercial plant breeder in 1987 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics. He served in several senior positions leading breeding teams at H. M Clause as Vice President of R&D (Americas & Pacific ) and Head of Global Vegetable Seed R&D at Syngenta. There, Dr. Kotch directed of all aspects of Syngenta’s global vegetable research and development program, covering 20 crops, from strategy development to global implementation and oversaw a team of over 800 employees. Dr. Kotch left the private sector to bring his skillset to enhance the capacity of Asian and African national breeding programs focused on agricultural innovation for food security. He was the head of breeding at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines, before joining the Excellence in Breeding Platform which allowed him to help modernize CGIAR and National Breeding Programs in low and medium-low income countries. Along the way, created two start-up companies and assisted as technical advisory/fundraiser for a third, and served as visiting industry scientist at both UC Davis and N.C. State, helping to build public/private partnerships.

Research + Development Team

Our skilled global team is responsible for executing our core projects and programs to increase the supplies of quality coffee and improve farmer livelihoods.

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Jean Paul Rugwiro

Rwanda Country Agronomist

Jean Paul has a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Science and an advanced diploma in Crop Production from the University of Rwanda, College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (CAVM). He has several years of very relevant experience in field data collection and in managing projects in coffee agronomy and processing with farmers and cooperatives.

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Jarrod Harris

Finance and Post-Award Coordinator

Jarrod has a degree in Finance from Texas A&M University and 15 years of finance and accounting experience, primarily with non-profit organizations. He is based in Texas and is very enthusiastic about helping farmers and their communities.

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Julio Alvarado

Research Technician

Julio is a research technician in charge of the supervision and control of activities at Flor Amarailla, the WCR Research Farm located in Santa Ana, El Salvador. Julio is Salvadorian and since childhood has lived in an agricultural environment. He has a bachelor degree in Food Science at Pan-American Agricultural School, Zamorano, and has a Master’s degree on Coffee Science and Economics at University of Udine, Trieste and Fondazione Ernesto Illy

Samuel Thuo

Samuel Thuo

Kenya Country Agronomist

Samuel has over 12 years of experience implementing projects with coffee smallholder co-operatives and large estates across all coffee growing regions in Kenya and Tanzania. He has worked in many aspects of the coffee industry, ranging from production, processing, trade and sustainability standards. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the University of Nairobi

Alexa Heinicke

Alexa Heinicke

Corporate Partnership Manager

Alexa focuses on helping private sector companies expand their sustainability investments to include a new collaborative, multi-stakeholder tool, World Coffee Research.  She is excited to engage more coffee industry partners in WCR's work, which will benefit millions of smallholder farmers in developing countries.   Alexa has a range of experience in nonprofit fundraising and corporate investor relations, in both the U.S. and Europe. She has a degree from Babson College and is based in Munich, Germany.  Contact: alexa@worldcoffeeresearch.org

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Peter Cecil Sinnott

Data Manager

Peter provides database management, oversight, and strategy to World Coffee Research.  He graduated from McGill University with a focus in Remote Sensing, a field in which he invented and patented a method of agriculture monitoring.  Peter previously supported the Coffee Board of India on several projects assessing specialty coffee certification for tribal farm communities. Email: peter@worldcoffeeresearch.org

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Maureen Namugalu

Uganda Country Agronomist


Maureen Namugalu holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Land Use and Management from Makerere University. Maureen is the lead country agronomist for the WCR Global Coffee Monitoring Program in Uganda. She is an agronomist and soil scientist by profession, with strong agricultural production background. Maureen has worked with Café Africa Uganda in collaboration with UCDA and NaCORI for the last three years focusing on coffee agronomy, coffee extension services, and the assessment of coffee seedling survival rate of Arabica and Robusta coffee in Uganda. She established experimental research trials at the National Crop Resource Research Institute in collaboration with the University of Bonn. Maureen has also carried out independent research on soil conservation practices of coffee farming systems along a slope.

Hector Santos

Hector Andres Santos

Honduras Coordinator

Hector Santos has worked in the coffee industry for over 10 years, as both a producer and technician. He is an agronomist and has a masters degree in project management from the Technological University of Honduras. He has worked with The World Food Program as a field technician, organizing basic grain producers in the region.  He also lead and trained groups of coffee producers in the department of El Paraíso.

Most recently, he worked for the Hans R. Neumann Foundation as a technician of the Coffee & Climate initiative in the El Paraiso region, implementing demonstration and research plots with adaptation measures to climate change, working in close relationship with IHCAFE.

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Jose Paiz

Guatemala Coordinator

Jose Paiz has an engineering degree in forestry engineering and a specialization degree in agricultural production under controlled conditions. He comes to WCR with ten years of experience in agricultural and forestry farm management, especially in the cultivation of coffee, the use of forest plantations, and nurseries.

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Maud Nicolas

Business Manager Europe

Maud Nicolas joined WCR in late 2018. She provides overall administrative and financial coordination for the World Coffee Research in Europe and also assists the CEO. As WCR Europe’s Business Manager, she works closely with the Administration and Finance Director and accountant. She’s proud to join WCR and to contribute to the organization's development. She is based in Marseille, France. Contact: maud@worldcoffeeresearch.org.

Elly Castro

Elly Castro

Sub-Regional Coordinator (Latin America South)

Elly Castro coordinates WCR's<!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1107305727 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Source Sans Pro"; panose-1:2 11 5 3 3 4 3 2 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:1610613495 33554433 0 0 415 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-size:10.0pt; mso-ansi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;}size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSec activities, programs, and projects in the Latin America South region, covering Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico.  Elly earned an agricultural engineering degree in agricultural education from EARTH University in Costa Rica and a master's degree in hydrology and water resources management from Acala de Henares University in Madrid, Spain. He has experience in coffee agronomy, nursery production, natural resources management and field data collection and analysis. He is based in Nicaragua.

Emilia

Emilia Umaña

Nursery Development Program Manager

Emilia is responsible for all field activities related to the coffee seed and nursery sectors under the WCR Nursery Development Program. Emilia has an agricultural engineering degree in agronomy from EARTH University in Costa Rica, and a degree as a project manager specialist from the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica. She has a depth of experience and understanding of renovation programs and the coffee nursery and seed sector from her work in nurseries.

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Sylvain Roulain

Project Agronomist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sylvain Roulain is WCR’s project agronomist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He earned his degree as Agronomist from ISTOM in Cergy-Pontoise, France in 2016, and his coursework focused predominantly on international development and agronomic research through experimentation. Before starting with WCR, he worked with FREDON Martinique to study Mammea Apple.

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Josue Omar Callejas

Sub-Regional Coordinator (Latin America North)

Josue Callejas coordinates WCR's activities, programs, and projects in the Latin America North region, covering Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. He earned his bachelor's degree in Food Science and Technology at Zamorano Agricultural Panamerican School in Honduras. He completed internship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was a research assistant in a microbiology laboratory, a graduation research project developed with Archer Daniel's Midland Company.

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Solene Pruvot-Woehl

IMLVT Program Coordinator

Solene oversees the network of the International Multilocation Variety Trial. She also coordinates the DNA Fingerprinting analysis. She obtained a master's degree in agronomy in France and has been working on seed production and breeding. Solene believes that understanding farmers constraints is a key driver for research activities and context adapted innovations. Email: solene@worldcoffeeresearch.org

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Koleen Hall

Business Manager US

Koleen has 30+ years of experience in non-profit management and enjoys working as part of a team to keep no-profit organizations running smoothly.  As WCR's Business Manager, she works closely with the Finance Team to handle billing and payments, contracts, and human resources. She is based in Portland, OR. Contact:  koleen@worldcoffeeresearch.org

 

 

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Jean Baptiste Kayigamba

Breeding Hub Technician

Jean Baptiste Kayigamba spent the last three years as a field facilitators for the Rwanda Agriculture Board’s coffee program, where he prepared and set up varietal trials, collected data, and managed the nursery.  He holds a BA in Agronomy from University of Rwanda College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine. 

Simon Martin

Simon Martin Mvuyekure

East Africa Breeding Hub Advisor

Dr. Simon Martin Mvuyekure is WCR's Regional Coffee Breeding hub Coordinator for Africa. He holds a Msc. in crop protection from “Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and a Ph.D in plant breeding, from the University of KwaZulu Natal (South Africa).  For the last 13 years, he worked for Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB). His research focused on varietal development, coffee pests and disease management as well as coffee system agronomy. He contributed to the conception and management of outstanding coffee research projects aiming the sustainability of the coffee sector in Rwanda.

Since their establishment back in 2016, he is leading IMLVTs and the African Regional Breeding Hub hosted by Rwanda.

Jorge Berny

Jorge C. Berny Mier y Teran

Breeding and Technical Manager

Jorge is the Breeding and technical manager at WCR. He holds a B.Sc. in Agronomy from the Instituto Tecnológico de Conkal, a M.Sc. in Agriculture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Ph.D. in Horticulture and Agronomy and postdoc from the University of California at Davis. Between receiving his master's and doctoral degrees, he served as a researcher at INIFAP in Mexico. His expertise includes genetic resources, plant breeding and cultivar development. He lives in Yucatán, México. Email: jorge@worldcoffeeresearch.org

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José María Gómez Vargas

Latin America Program Manager

José is originally from Costa Rica, but considers himself as a “traveling agronomist” since he has studied and worked in Guatemala, Honduras, the United States, Switzerland, Brazil and El Salvador. José graduated from the Pan-American School of Agriculture – Zamorano – with postgraduate degrees in crop production and physiology from Iowa State University and in integrated crop management from the University of Neuchâtel.  He has fourteen years of international experience in agriculture, data development, monitoring, evaluation, extension and research.

Contact: josemaria@worldcoffeeresearch.org

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Remy Rodriguez

Puerto Rico Country Agronomist

Remy Rodriguez has 10+ years experience in the coffee industry in PR and USA. He earned his degree as an Agronomist from the University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez Campus, with specialization in soil fertility and natural resource conservation. He has worked as a consultant with different coffee producers, mills, nurseries, roasters and is also a board member to the local coffee producers cooperative (PROCAFE) in Puerto Rico. He is now proud to call himself a first generation coffee producer in the municipality of Guayanilla, PR.

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Ana Kolasinski

Accounting Manager

Ana is the Accounting Manager of World Coffee Research and among her responsibilities are the analysis of financial information and the preparation of financial reports within the organization. She has a master's degree in accounting from Texas A&M university, is a Certified Public Accountant and is fluent in English and Spanish and has a working knowledge of French. She is excited about being part of the first collaborative agricultural R&D organization for coffee.

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Kristin Franklin

Contracts and Grants Manager

Kristin comes to WCR after managing R&D and policy programming for USAID where she oversaw the planning and execution of programs under the Feed the Future Research Strategy. Prior to joining USAID, Kristin was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar where she worked as a small enterprise development volunteer supporting farmers and artisans to expand their businesses. Kristin holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs, and a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Iowa. Kristin is excited to join the team in support WCR’s mission.    

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Donnel Tiedra

Philippines Country Agronomist and Project Coordinator

Donnel Jun Tiedra is an agronomist who has worked in agriculture for the last 9 years in the Philippines. He has a BSc in Plant Breeding and Genetics from University of Southern Mindanao, and an Masters in Public Administration from Cor Jesu College. Prior to joining WCR, he worked as Technical Advisory and Marketing Supervisor of Agriculture, Food and Life Department at SGS Philippines. He also worked as Coffee Agronomist for 6 years at Nestle Philippines. He was responsible for implementing the Nescafe Plan, ensuring sustainable supply of good quality green coffee and helping the Filipino coffee farmers increase their yield and income from coffee farming. He also did multi-location trials for new clones of Robusta coffee to assess performance on yield, pest and disease tolerance.

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Jesslin Zeledón

Nicaragua Country Agronomist

Jesslin Zeledón holds a degree in Administration of Coffee Farms and is currently completing a Master's degree in Business Management. She has five years of experience working on sustainable rural development projects. She also worked with small coffee producers and cooperatives, providing technical assistance and developing experimentation processes to improve productivity, as well as improve quality of life.

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Nuzul Qudri

Asia Regional Coordinator

Nuzul has spent more than 18 years working in both the private sector and non-profit organizations in Indonesia. His first experience in non-profit began 15 years ago when earthquake and tsunami disaster hit his hometown in Aceh on 2004. Since then he has managed several sustainable agriculture projects, which aimed to increase productivity and quality, as well as to promote alternative income streams for smallholders. These projects also aimed to strengthen farmer organizations in order to increase the income for smallholders in different provinces. His experience spans from on-farm smallholder support to national level coffee and cocoa initiatives in the region. In 2018 he was elected as chairman of General Assembly of Cocoa Sustainable Partnership in Indonesia. He is based in Banda Aceh. Contact: nuzul@worldcoffeeresearch.org

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Square K. Nyasulu

Malawi Country Agronomist

Square K. Nyasulu is an agronomist at Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union, situated in Mzuzu city of Northern Malawi. He also works with WCR to establish and run OFTTs in Malawi. His major role at Mzuzu Coffee is to coordinate extension and training for over 2,600 farmers. His main interest is to foster sustainability of the coffee industry through technologies that mitigates the growing challenge of climate change.

Before joining Mzuzu Coffee, Mr Nyasulu worked as an Agronomist at the Tea Research Foundation where he helped to develop simple and efficient labor saving tea harvesting methods. He also worked at Agricultural Trading Company in Malawi and has a vast knowledge of agricultural input chain.

Jimmy More

Jimmy More

WCR Agronomist Peru

Jimmy More is the Country Agronomist for Peru. He holds a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Universidad Nacional Agraria de la Selva and a master’s degree in environmental management and sustainable development from the “Universidad Nacional Jorge Basadre Grohmann”, both in Perú. His research was focused on soil area and plant growth. He has worked in coffee projects and has experience training producers in coffee agronomy and nursery production.

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Nicaise Sheila Sagbo

Coffee Economy Technician

Nicaise Sheila Sagbo is in charge of the economic analysis of the Global Coffee Monitoring Program. She also helps manage the WCR database for the program. She is based at the Texas A&M University where she holds a position of Associate Research Scientist. Sheila has worked on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to assess the impact of agricultural policies in Haiti. She has more than ten years of experience in research design, data collection, data management, and econometric analysis. Sheila holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics and degrees in Agronomy and Agricultural Development.

Collaborating Experts

Top experts across many fields of knowledge collaborate with us to lead projects tied to our mission.

Robert Barreto

Robert Barreto

Coffee leaf rust bicontrol

University of Vicosa

Dr. Robert Barreto is a professor of phytopathology at the University of Vicosa, Brazil. He is an expert in the taxonomy and biology of micro-fungi and the use of mycoparasitic and endophytic fungi as agents for biological control of diseases of cultivated plants. For World Coffee Research, Dr. Barreto is leading the investigation of biological control agents of coffee leaf rust.

Joseph Kimemia

Joseph Kimemia

Coffee agronomy

KALRO / AFCA

Dr. Joseph K. Kimemia is one of the leading experts in the world on coffee in Africa. He holds a PhD in Crop Science and was formerly the director of the Coffee Research Foundation in Kenya, where he served as a researcher for over 28 years. He has worked as an agronomist specializing in coffee intercropping systems, shade in coffee, organic coffee production, the introduction in new coffee areas and adaptation for climate change. He was instrumental in the development and release of the disease-resistant Arabica coffee variety Batian. He is currently the Chairman African Fine Coffee Association (AFCA) Kenya Chapter and a member of the AFCA Board.

Jean-Christophe Breitler

Jean-Christophe Breitler

Molecular physiology and agroforestry coffee breeding

CIRAD-INECOL

Jean-Christophe is a researcher of molecular physiology and expert in biotic and abiotic stress interactions with coffee trees under agroforestry crop systems and in the development of breeding strategies for sustainable intensification and conservation of agroforestry coffee crop systems.

Dr. Benoît Bertrand

Benoît Bertrand

Advisor to the WCR Breeding Program

Dr. Bertrand has worked in coffee for 25 years and is currently the Deputy Director of Research Unit for CIRAD. His research areas include quantitative genetics, functional genomics, and breeding, and brings this expertise to lead the WCR Breeding and Pre-Breeding program. His current topics of interest are gene expression stability in contrasted thernal regimes, coffee plant circadian rhythms, and pre-breeding strategies. Email: benoit.bertrand@cirad.fr

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Jacques Avelino

Plant pathology/coffee leaf rust

CIRAD/CATIE

Jacques Avelino has been a plant pathologist for CIRAD (Centre de coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement) in France since 1986. He has spent his career conducting research primarily on coffee and cacao pests and diseases in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica, and has worked on coffee quality. He is currently posted at CATIE (Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza) in Costa Rica, studying agroforestry systems with perennial crops. Dr. Avelino studies the relationships between pest and disease epidemics, the environment and crop management. Recently, he has led different studies on the effect of plant biodiversity on coffee pests and diseases at the plot and landscape scales. He earned his PhD degree from the University of Orsay, Paris, France.

Patricia Klein

Patricia Klein

Molecular biology and genomic selection

Texas A&M

Dr. Klein’s research focuses on developing the genomic tools and resources in crops to enable map base cloning of economically important genes, to understand the underlying mechanisms that plants use to withstand stress (both biotic and abiotic) and quality. For World Coffee Research, Dr. Klein  supervises an innovative program in genetic diversity, molecular breeding, and genomic selection for coffee. She leads the development of WCR's molecular genetics and genomics program, which allows us to connect the molecular traits of green coffee with genetic precursors. This will substantially aid our efforts to breed improved coffee varieties that will meet the needs of the 21st century. She works collaboratively with the WCR breeding team to develop genomic selection modelling related to growth, productivity, rust resistance and quality.

Patricia Klein received her B.S. in Horticulture from Texas A&M University in 1982. She received an M.S. in Crop Science from Texas Tech University in 1985 and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University in 1989. She joined the faculty of the Department of Horticultural Sciences in 2002. Dr. Klein is also a member of the Interdepartmental Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences program, a member of the Plant Breeding program and a member of the Institute for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology. In 2012, Dr. Klein was awarded the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for excellence as a member of the Sorghum Bioenergy Breeding and Genomics Interdisciplinary Research Team.


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Sarada Krishnan

Coffee genetic resource conservation

Denver Botanic Gardens

Dr. Sarada Krishnan is Director of Horticulture and Center for Global Initiatives at Denver Botanic Gardens where she is responsible for directing the design and maintenance of the horticulture collections, and for developing and leading global projects. She has several years of experience in public and commercial horticulture. Her global work and research has taken her to places such as Haiti, Madagascar, South Sudan, Mexico, Jamaica, South Africa, India, Argentina and Mongolia. In collaboration with Crop Trust and World Coffee Research, she was selected as the coffee expert to lead the development of the Global Strategy for Conservation of Coffee Genetic Resources.

Sarada has a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from India and a Master of Science degree in Horticulture from Colorado State University. Her doctorate research at University of Colorado, Boulder, focused on the conservation genetics of wild coffee (Coffea spp.) in Madagascar. Sarada owns coffee plantations in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica.

M. Catherine Aime

M. Catherine Aime

Fungal Pathology Expert

Purdue University

M. Catherine Aime is one of the world's foremost experts on rust fungi. Her research lab at Purdue University studies aspects of mycology ranging from genomics to pathology, with a special focus on the systematics, biology, and evolution of rust fungi in tropical ecosystems. (Rust fungi represent the single largest group of plant pathogens in the world—it is conservatively estimated that more than 1 million fungal species have yet to be discovered and described by science—with incredibly complex life cycles.) Dr. Aime's lab uses phylogenetics and genomics to understand how these fungi became so successful and to provide tools for their identification. Dr. Aime has spent 15 years documenting and describing new species and genera from a very remote region in Guyana and other tropical forests worldwide.

Paul Mulemangabo

Paul Mulemangabo

Advisor for Feed the Future Strengthening the Value Chain Activity in DRC

Catholic University of Bukavu

Paul Mulemangabo studied agronomy, with a specialization in crop production at the Catholic University of Bukavu, and the University of Goma. He worked on several emergency food security projects for 2 years, before transitioning to agronomic research on cocoa and coffee. Currently, he is a coffee researcher at the National Institute of Agronomic Research (INERA) in DRC. He is a technical advisor for the Feed the Future Strengthening the Value Chain Activity in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Jane Cheserek

Jane Jerono Cheserek

Kenya IMLVT Coordinator

Coffee Research Institute

Jane Cheserek is the head of the coffee breeding unit at the Coffee Research Institute in Kenya. She and her team are currently working on selecting coffee genotypes developed from double and three way crosses for further evaluation. She is also working on molecular characterization of coffee genotypes using F2 population to identify markers for Coffee Berry Disease using SNPS under the GWAS program. She received both B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Nairobi and is currently enrolled in their PhD program.

Espoir Bisimwa

Espoir Bisimwa

General Secretary of Academics at the Institut Supérieur de Développement Rural

Espoir Bisimwa is WCR’s collaborating expert in the Democratic Republic of the Congo who coordinates the local variety trials program, assess productivity and profitability under various coffee-legumes intercropping systems in the South-Kivu region, and supports the implementation of the Global Coffee Monitoring Program in DRC. He’s also the General Secretary of Academics at the Institut Supérieur de Développement Rural, a professor at both the Université Catholique de Bukavu and the Université Evangelique en Afrique and a member of the phytotechnie department of Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques et Environnement. He received is Bachelor degree in Agricultural Sciences at the Université Catholique de Bukavu in 1997, and his Masters and PhD from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, completing his degree in 2012. He’s spent 20 years in the field of agricultural science.

Seth Murray

Seth Murray

Quantitative Genetics Expert

Texas A&M University

Dr. Seth Murray is a quantitative geneticist focused on improving the productivity, sustainability (economic and environmental) and quality of agricultural production through scientific research and development. He works primarily in maize (corn). He uses high-throughput field phenotyping (UAVs/drones, ground vehicles, NIRS); molecular quantitative genetic discovery (including QTL mapping, GWAS); statistical modeling and novel analysis methods (including big data and metanalysis); development of new breeding and genetics approaches (including use of computer simulations); and applied field breeding (classical and molecular). Dr. Murray is the founder and editor of “The Plant Phenome Journal” and recipient of the Crop Science Society of America Young Crop Scientist Award.

Elisabeth Guichard

Elisabeth Guichard

Sensory Expert

French National Agronomic Research Institute (INRA)

Dr. Guichard is a high-level food scientist specializing in flavor release and physico-chemistry. She is the research director at INRA  (National Agronomic Research Institute) and co-leader of the research group on molecular interactions, in-mouth mechanisms and flavour perception at CSGA (Centre des Sciences du Gout et de l’Alimentation) in Dijon, France. She is one of the leading researchers of wine flavor/aroma in France. She has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications in international journals and 42 book chapters, and has presented 114 oral communications and 120 posters in international congresses in the field of food science. 

Walter Baethgen

Walter Baethgen

Climate Change Expert

Earth Institute, Columbia University

Walter E. Baethgen is head of the Regional and Sectorial Research Program and leader of the Latin America and the Caribbean program in the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. At the IRI he has been establishing regional research programs that aim to improve climate risk assessment and risk management in agriculture, health, water resources, and natural ecosystems. He was a lead author for IPCC’s Second (1995) and Third (2001) Assessments Reports and contributing author for the Fourth Assessment (2007). Baethgen has acted as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, UNDP, UNIDO, FAO, the IAEA, The World Bank and IICA. Baethgen obtained his PhD and MS degrees in crop and soil environmental sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and his BS in agricultural engineering from the University of Uruguay. He has more than 200 publications to his credit. In 2010 he received the Morosoli de Oro award, considered one of the highest recognitions of contribution to Uruguayan culture.

Board of Directors

Our board members are some of the most important leaders and thinkers from coffee companies around the world. They work hard behind the scenes to guide our programs.

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Mario Cerutti

Board Member

Chief Institutional Relations & Sustainability Officer, Lavazza

Mario Cerutti was born in Torino (Italy) in 1958. He graduated in Business Administration at the University of Torino and got an MBA from the University of Dallas. He has been working in Lavazza since 1986, currently he is Chief Institutional Relations and Sustainability Officer in Lavazza. He is currently President of the European Coffee Federation (ECF) – he served as president in ECF also from 2004 to 2007. He is currently serving as President of  Italian Coffee Committee (CIdC -  Comitato Italiano del Caffè) -  the association of large Italian coffee companies - , as Chairman of the Coffee & Climate Steering Committee and as member of the board of the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC). He is board member of ICP (International Coffee Partners).

Frank Dennis

Frank Dennis

Board Member

President & CEO, Swiss Water Decaffeinated Company

Frank Dennis brings more than two decades of experience in the coffee industry to his role at Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Incorporated. From his early days working in packaged goods marketing with Braun Canada and Kraft Foods Canada, he led the $300 million Kraft coffee portfolio in the late 1990s and was responsible for the sale of the Swiss Water Division to private equity interests in 2000. Today, as President and CEO of Swiss Water, he has led the growth of the business and the brand as well as the extended development of the chemical-free decaffeination sector. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from the University of Toronto.

Shawn Hamilton

Shawn Hamilton

Treasurer of the Board

Vice President of Operations and Coffee Buyer, Java City

Shawn Hamilton is the Vice-President of Operations and Coffee Buyer for Java City, located in Sacramento, California. Since 1985, Java City has pioneered initiatives designed to enhance the global village, support the communities and protect the environment. Shawn has been involved in the Specialty Coffee industry since 1987. During his tenure he has worked in almost every facet of the industry from Barista, packaging, roasting, quality control, coffee buying, purchasing, futures and options hedging to executive management. He was instrumental in several mergers and acquisitions within the industry. His experience also includes a proven dedication to the industry and volunteering. Shawn has been a volunteer in Colombia to teach and evaluate cuppers for Coffee Corps, participates as a lead judge in the annual Cupping for Quality for the Rainforest Alliance, and has been a judge for Cup of Excellence. In addition, he is one of the founding members of the Roasters Guild and served for six years on the Executive Council. While on the Executive Council, Shawn served as Chairman and was instrumental in the creation of the overall structure of the Guild. He has also served on the Board of the Pacific Coast Coffee Association. 


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Jose L. Ramirez

VP of Coffee Strategy & Innovation at Farmer Brothers

Farmer Brothers (CBI) played a founding role in the development of WCR. In the past 100+ years, Farmer Brothers has grown to become one of the leading coffee-focused foodservice suppliers. Recently, Farmer Brothers has refocused on taking a leadership position in the coffee industry, including the National Coffee Association (NCA), Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) and Pacific Coast Coffee Association (PCCA). Farmer Brothers has also revamped its sustainability programs, ramping up our recycling efforts and driving large reductions in water usage and greenhouse gas emissions.

Jose joined Farmer Brothers in 2009 and has held various leadership roles. Today he is VP of Coffee Strategy & Innovation responsible for overall coffee strategy as it pertains to procurement, vendor management, coffee quality, and product development. He works directly with customers, sales, and marketing in business development. Jose also works on M&A activity, from initial step of evaluating potential targets to final integration. Since joining the industry in 2000, he has been involved in various associations including as President of PCCA, committees with SCA and speaking engagements domestic and international.

James McLaughlin

James McLaughlin

Board Member

President, Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea

James McLaughlin is the president of Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea.  Previously he served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel, and Director of Green Coffee.  James' work with coffee began in earnest in Taquaritinga do Norte, Brazil where he was the director of an organic shade coffee farm. Prior to that James was a corporate lawyer for Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He received his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law.

Monique

Monique Oxender

Board Member

Chief Sustainability Officer, Keurig Green Mountain

Monique Oxender leads Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. efforts to Brew a Better World as its Chief Sustainability Officer. Monique joined Keurig Green Mountain in 2012 and has navigated a path for integrated sustainability management. This journey travels directly through the intersection of world benefit and business value, informed by meaningful internal and external stakeholder engagement.

Prior to joining the company, Monique spent eight years with Ford Motor Company where she designed and developed a leading supply chain sustainability program spanning the company's $65B buy from 60 countries. Issues under her responsibility included human rights, indirect carbon and water footprints, and raw material transparency. In addition, she served as Chair of multiple industry workgroups for the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and represented Ford on United Nations Global Compact, US State Department, Department of Labor and OECD advisory groups.

With a background in secondary education and sustainability, Monique has an MBA and an MS from the University of Michigan.

Matt Saurage

Matt Saurage

Board Member

Chairman of the Board, Community Coffee Company

Matt Saurage is Chairman of the Board and the fourth generation in the largest family-owned coffee brand in America. Saurage believes in coffee research, particularly that which focuses on origin and agriculture, and is pleased to be part of a research program that allows information to be shared broadly and freely within the coffee industry. 

Jim Smith

Jim Smith

Board Member

Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Royal Cup Coffee and Tea

Jim Smith is the Senior Vice President of Sustainability at Royal Cup Coffee and Tea headquartered in Birmingham, AL and represents third-generation leadership within the family-owned organization. Royal Cup was founded in 1896 and is dedicated to providing high quality coffees and fine teas to customers nationwide.  As one of World Coffee Research’s founding members, Royal Cup continues to actively support the vision and shared responsibility to lead in industry-wide educational efforts to sustain and grow the supply of quality coffee not only for today, but for the generations to come. Jim also serves on Royal Cup’s Board of Directors.

Jim Trout

Jim Trout

VIce Chair and Secretary of the Board

Vice President of Coffee Research & Development, J. M. Smucker Company

Jim Trout has more than 23 years of product development and innovation management experience, including 14 years in coffee. In 2008, Jim joined Smucker from The Procter & Gamble Company as part of the Folgers acquisition. In his current role, Jim oversees coffee research and development, the coffee innovation portfolio, as well as several strategic innovation partnerships. Prior to Smucker, Jim held numerous R&D management and staff roles at Procter & Gamble in the areas of process development, formulation, device development, and program management.

Jim’s career has focused primarily on the food and beverage industry, and has spanned several product categories including oils, coffee, and salted snacks. Jim currently holds 18 U.S. patents. He graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Jim lives near Cleveland in Broadview Heights, Ohio with his wife and three children. In his spare time, he is a board member of BioHio Research Park and volunteers with the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Doug Welsh

Doug Welsh

Chair of the Board

Vice President, Peet's Coffee & Tea

Doug Welsh is Vice President of Coffee for Peet’s Coffee & Tea. Peet’s was established in 1966 in Berkeley, California, fount of the farm to table renaissance in American foodways. Originator Alfred Peet brought the focus of the industry to the finest grades of Arabica coffee and the pursuit of roasting as a craft. As only the third Roastmaster at the pioneering company and leader of the quality movement. 

Doug is responsible for coffee overall, from sourcing to the blending, roasting, and brewing of a superior customer experience. Among other international fora, he has served as a judge at Cup of Excellence, speaker at Symposium, and is past President of the Pacific Coast Coffee Association. Doug resides in Berkeley and holds degrees in Sociology and Law from the University of California.

Keith Writer

Keith Writer

Board Member

Supply Director, Taylors of Harrogate

Keith Writer is the Supply Director and an experienced member of the leadership team responsible for creating long-term strategy and the day to day running of Taylors. With overall responsibility for all direct purchases including coffee, tea and packaging in addition to research and development and sustainability for the Taylors business.

With over twenty years of experience Keith has traveled extensively around the world seeking out the top quality teas and coffees enjoyed by Taylors of Harrogate customers, including bringing to market new organic teas, rare teas and coffees and a herbal range. Travel is integral to his job and he spends several months in the course of the year visiting suppliers and growers worldwide, creating and sustaining strong direct relationships that are key to the business' approach to sourcing. Keith is a past member Board member of the Ethical Tea Partnership, United Kingdom Tea Council and British Coffee Association.

Liz Longstreet

Liz Longstreet Darr

Board member

Executive Vice President of Strategic Sourcing, National DCP

Liz Longstreet Darr is the Executive Vice President of Strategic Sourcing at National DCP in Atlanta, GA, a $2 billion supply chain management company serving the franchisees of Dunkin’ Donuts. Liz started in the foodservice industry almost 20 years ago in restaurant operations, with the past 12 years spent in supply chain roles supporting multi-unit restaurant companies. She completed her undergraduate degree at Cornell University, and her MBA at Emory University. 

Vicki Salin

Vicki Salin

Board member

Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University

Victoria Salin is Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University and since 2013, she has been Chair of the Intercollegiate Faculty of Agribusiness).  Under her leadership, the Agribusiness program reputation grew to the 2019 ranking of first in the United States and third in the world among professional masters’ degrees in food industry management.  

Dr. Salin’s research relates to food safety, traceability, and efficiency of enterprises involved in food distribution.  Salin provides economic and financial research for the Scientific Advisory Council of the World Food Logistics Organization, an affiliate of the Global Cold Chain Alliance.  Salin serves on the Board of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (an affiliate of the CGIAR international agricultural research system) (since 2016) and in this capacity monitors entrepreneurial ventures and other means to commercialize agricultural technologies to enhance food security in Africa.  In 2020 Salin joined the Board of World Coffee Research.

Salin grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, a master’s degree from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in agribusiness finance and international trade.


Rene Leon Gomez

René Léon Gomez

Board member

Executive Secretary, PROMECAFE

René Léon Gomez is the Executive Secretary at PROMECAFE where he represents its members in different events to benefit regional coffee sector involving 9 producing countries in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean. René has been working for 15 years in management positions at the head of coffee institutions in Honduras and regionally. His work focuses on developing sustainable coffee farming by addressing needs and considering the challenges affecting small producers in the region, like profitability, quality and climate change adaptation.

Andrea Illy

Andrea Illy

Board member

Chairman, illycaffè SpA

Andrea Illy is the Chairman of illycaffè SpA and served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer for over 22 years, until 2016.

Mr. Illy contributed to make the company famous for its innovation in espresso technology. He joined many boards and his writings are recognized in the coffee sector.

Mr. Illy, who used to define himself as a “humanist chemist”, firmly advocates for corporate responsibility as means to improve society and promotes culture and art.

Among his several recognitions, Andrea Illy was named Cavaliere del Lavoro by the President of the Italian Republic.



Giacomo Celi

Giacomo Celi

Board Member

Sustainability Director, Mercon Coffee Group

Since 2018, Giacomo Celi is the Sustainability Director at Mercon Coffee Group where he leads the global Corporate and Sustainable supply chains activities. 
Giacomo has a strong background in different areas such as tropical agriculture, coffee procurement, international trade, corporate social responsibility and sustainable agro-supply chains. 
With over 15 years of experience in industry, retail and consulting ranging from family-owned to start up and multinational groups, Giacomo knows well the international landscape in the coffee sector. 

Partners

Our global network of coffee research institutions includes universities, consortiums, public agencies, and laboratories including private company research departments. These institutions have dedicated human and infrastructure resources to the implementation of the World Coffee Research strategy and are models of the cooperative and collaborative approach necessary to mitigate today’s constraints and face tomorrow’s challenges.

Research Partners
ADNiD
Africa Fine Coffees Association
African Coffee Research Network
Agricultural Research for Development in Africa
Alfonso Anzueto
American Public Land Grant Colleges and Universities
Asociación Nacional del Café, Guatemalan
Asociación Salvadoreña de Beneficiadores y Exportadores de Café
Beneficiadora Santa Eduviges, Costa Rica
Brazilian Coffee Research Consortium
Café California Mexico
Carlos Rivas
Catholic Relief Services
Catholic University of Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo
CATIE Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center
C. Dorman, Kenya
Central Coffee Research Institute, India
Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International
CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture
CIRAD French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development
CodoCafe
Coffee Industry Corporation, Papua New Guinea
Coffee Research Institute, Zimbabwe
Coffee Research Program
Cohonducafe
Conservation International
Department of Agricultural Research Services, Malawi
ECOM Trading
EFICO Group
European Union Horizon 2020 Program
FECCEG, Guatemala
FEDECOVERA, Guatemala
Finca Aquiares, Costa Rica
FNC Cenicafe, Colombia
FNC Cenicafé, Colombia
Fundacion Aggie de El Salvador
Fundación Fonalledas Inc., Puerto Rico
FundaECO, Guatemala
Global Coffee Review (WCR Media Partner)
Great Lakes Coffee Company, Uganda
Guatemalan National Coffee Association
Hacienda Barbara Panama
Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung, Germany
Hawaii Agriculture Research Center
Hiu Coffee/Union Hand Roasted
Honducafe
IHCAFE Honduras
Illycafe, Italy
Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Institute
Institut National Pour L’etude Et La Recherche Agronomiques, Democratic Republic of Congo
Instituto De Ecología, Mexico
International Women in Coffee Alliance
Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority
J. Hill & Cia, S.A. de C.V., El Salvador
Junta Nacional de Café Peru
KAWACOM, Uganda
Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization
Keurig Dr. Pepper
La Marzocco, Italy
Mercon Coffee Group
MIDA Panama
Ministerio de Agricultura y Riego de Perú
Molias de Honduras
MZCPCU, Malawi
National Agricultural Export Developement Board, Rwanda
National Coffee Research Institute, Uganda
Nicafrance Foundation, Nicaragua
Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University
Northern Coffee Corporations Ltd, Zambia
NSF International
OLAM International Ltd.
Peruvian National Coffee Board
Puerto Rico Coffee Roasters
Purdue University
Radio Lifeline
RD2 Vision
Regional Cooperative Program for the Technical Development and Modernization of Coffee Culture
Rogers Family
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Ruivarbo, Costa Rica
RWACOF, Rwanda
Rwanda Agricultural Board
Rwanda Trading Company
Rwashoscco, Rwanda
San’a University (Yemen)
Songer & Associates
Southern Cross University, Australia
Starbucks and the Starbucks Foundation
Sucafina, Switzerland
Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers
TechnoServe Peru
TetraTech
Texas A&M Center for Coffee Research
Ueshima Coffee, Japan
UGACOF, Uganda
United States Agency for International Development
United States Department of Agriculture
Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil
UTZ, The Netherlands
Affiliated Organizations
Alliance for Coffee Excellence
Coffee Quality Institute
Crop Trust, Germany
FlavorActiV
International Coffee Organization
National Coffee Association
Specialty Coffee Association
Specialty Coffee Association of Japan

Members

Our members—companies and organizations large and small—help set the global agenda for coffee research. Their annual support is the foundation for a vibrant and sustainable coffee sector.

$250,000 to $500,000
J.M. Smucker Co./Folger Coffee
National DCP and Dunkin'
$100,000 to $249,999
Farmer Brothers/Coffee Bean International
Jacobs Douwe Egberts
Keurig Green Mountain Inc.
Lavazza
Peet’s Coffee & Tea
S&D Coffee Roasters
Starbucks
Taylors of Harrogate
$40,000 to $99,999
Allegro Coffee Company
Caravela Coffee
Community Coffee Company
Foodbuy
illycaffè
KEYCOFFEE Y.S Foundation
Lavazza Professional
Probat Burns
$10,000 to $39,999
Beck Flavors
Clif Bar
Coffee Circle
Counter Culture Coffee
Descamex
EFICO Group
Expocaccer Cooperativa dos Cafeicultores do Cerrado
Falcon Coffees
Fundacion Fonalledas, Inc.
Gaviña & Sons
Intelligentsia Coffee
Java City
KEY COFFEE INC.
La Marzocco International, LLC
Lincoln & York Coffee Roasters
Louis Dreyfus Company
Massimo Zanetti Beverages
Mercon
OLAM Specialty Coffee Americas
Philz Coffee
Royal Cup Coffee
Sucafina
Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company
Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc. / NovaSource
UCC Ueshima Coffee Co
$1,000 to $9,999
Arab Coffee Coffee Co., Ltd.
Atlas Coffee Importers
Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters
Belco
Cafcom
Cafe Fadie (Kyokuto Fadie Co., Ltd.)
Calendar Coffee
Camel Coffee Company
C-COOP
Chameleon Cold-Brew
Coffee Libre
Demus
Driftaway Coffee
DRWakefield
Dunn Brothers
Equator Coffee and Tea
Honey Coffee, Inc.
InterAmerican Coffee
Irving Farm Coffee Roasters
Ishimitsu
Kaldi's Coffee
Marubeni Foods Corporation
Melbourne Coffee Merchants
Mr. Espresso
N.J. Douek/Uniglobe Coffee
Olam Specialty Coffee of Europe
Origin Coffee Roasters
Orsir Coffee
Pacific Espresso
Rave Coffee UK
Red Cedar Coffee Company
Reily Foods
Reunion Island Coffee
Roast House Coffee
Sarutahiko Coffee, Inc
Single O
Small Batch Coffee Roasters
Specialty Coffee Association
Specialty Coffee Association of Japan
Specialty Coffee Association - United Kingdom Chapter
Sustainable Harvest
Sweet Maria’s Coffee
Tata Coffee
Tata Global Beverages
Terarosa (Haksan Co Ltd)
The Coffee Source
The Seed
Toa Coffee Co. Ltd.
Toby's Estate
Transcend Coffee
Vides58 Coffee
Walker Coffee Trading
Wilbur Curtis
Wonderstate Coffee
Workshop Coffee
Up to $999
Abira Colombia S.A.S.
Amcafe USA LLC
Au jardin
Be Brave Café
Be Green Trading
Blendin Coffee Club
Blowback Coffee Roasters
Blume Coffee Traders
Bolt Coffee Company
Brian Gaffney
Bridge Coffee Company
Buckman Coffee Factory
Cafe Cultura Laboratorio
Cafe Virtuoso
Camino Real
Caravan Coffee
Chouette Torrefacteur Laboratoire
Coastal Coffee Traders LLC
Coffea Arabica Limited
Coffee by Tate
Coffee Medley
Coffee Nexus
Coffee Traders
Colour Coffee Roasting
Condesa Co.Lab
Conic Roasting
Crankhouse Coffee
Crop to Cup Coffee
Curve Coffee Roasters
Dark Woods Coffee
Dave's Koffiebranderij
Dear Green Coffee
Dispatch Coffee
East Africa Coffee Co.
Espanola Coffee Roasters
Etrusca Comercial S.A. de C.V.
Exportadora de Café Guaxupé
Fulcrum Coffee
Gaerock
Genius Coffee
Greenway Coffee Company
Hacienda La Minita
Huckleberry Roasters
InterContinental Coffee Trading
Iron & Fire Speciality Coffee Roaster
Jake Robinson
Ken's Koffee
Lüna Coffee
Mad Llama Company
Marigold Coffee
Market Lane
Method Roastery
NEAT Coffee
Nicholas Rivolta
North Fork Coffee Roasters
OLAM International
Ome Project LLP
Ozo Coffee
Pedro Ros Casanova
Prescott Roasters
Quaffee
Red Goni
Rimini Coffee
Ritual Coffee Roasters Tasmania
Rose N Cranz Roasting Company
Rose Park Roasters
Ross Street Roasting
Roundtable Coffee Works
Sintercafé
Spyhouse Coffee Roasting Co.
Square Mile Coffee
Square One Coffee Roaster
Sucafina Specialty
Taf Coffee
Taiwan Coffee Laboratory
The Beautiful Bean
The Excellent Cup
Tony's Coffee
Vagabond Coffee Roasters
Vessel Coffee Roasters
Wakuli
WB.coffee / Amsterdam Coffee Lab
West Cork Coffee

Checkoff Program Participants

Through the Checkoff Program, roasters and importers directly support the future of coffee by contributing pennies per pound on every green coffee purchase.

Checkoff Program
Participating Importers
Abira Colombia S.A.S.
Agrano
American Coffee Corporation
Atlantic Speciality Coffee
Atlas Coffee Importers
Be Green Trading
Bourbon Coffees
Cafe Imports
Cape Horn Coffees Inc
Capricorn Coffee
Caravela Coffee
COFCO International
Condesa Co.Lab
Crop to Cup Coffee
Descamex
DRWakefield
East Africa Coffee Co.
Excelco Trading
Expocaccer Cooperativa dos Cafeicultores do Cerrado
Exportadora de Café Guaxupé
Falcon Coffees
Gollücke & Rothfos
Greencof
Hacienda La Minita
InterAmerican Coffee
InterContinental Coffee Trading
Kawacom (ECOM Uganda)
La Bastilla Coffee Estates
List + Beisler
Louis Dreyfus Company
Melbourne Coffee Merchants
N.J. Douek/Uniglobe Coffee
Nordic Approach/Tropiq
OLAM International
OLAM Specialty Coffee Americas
Olam Specialty Coffee of Europe
Onyx Coffee
Osito Coffee
Paragon Coffee Trading Company
Racafe
Red Goni
RGC Coffee
Rothfos
Royal Coffee
Sucafina
Sucafina Specialty
Sustainable Harvest
Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company
The Coffee Source
Trabocca
Village Coffee Imports
Volcafe Specialty
Walker Coffee Trading
Zephyr Green Coffee
Checkoff Program
Participating Roasters
African Coffee Roasters
Allegro Coffee Company
Barrie House
Beanstock Coffee Roasters
Blossom Coffee Roasters
Blowback Coffee Roasters
Blume Coffee Traders
Bolt Coffee Company
Boon Boona Coffee
Boxcar Coffee Roasters
Cafe Virtuoso
Calendar Coffee
Camino Real
Caravan Coffee
Casa Espresso
Chameleon Cold-Brew
Chouette Torrefacteur Laboratoire
Coffee by Tate
Coffee Factory
Colour Coffee Roasting
Conic Roasting
Counter Culture Coffee
Crankhouse Coffee
Curve Coffee Roasters
Dark Woods Coffee
Dave's Koffiebranderij
Dispatch Coffee
Driftaway Coffee
Dunn Brothers
Equator Coffee and Tea
Fort Findlay Coffee
Fortitude Coffee Roasters
Full City Rooster
Greenway Coffee Company
Heart & Graft Coffee
Horsham Coffee Roaster
Huckleberry Roasters
Imbibe Coffee Roasters
Intelligentsia Coffee
Irving Farm Coffee Roasters
Java City
Jones Coffee Roasters
Junker's Café-Rösterei
Kaldi's Coffee
Ken's Koffee
Kiss the Hippo
Limini Coffee
Lüna Coffee
Marigold Coffee
Market Lane
Monastery Coffee
Mr. Espresso
NEAT Coffee
North Fork Coffee Roasters
Olisipo Coffee
Origin Coffee Roasters
Ozo Coffee
Philz Coffee
Prescott Roasters
Quaffee
Rave Coffee UK
Relief Coffee Roasters
Rimini Coffee
Ringtons
Roast Factory
Roast House Coffee
Rose N Cranz Roasting Company
Rose Park Roasters
Ross Street Roasting
Roundtable Coffee Works
Sample Coffee Roasters
Single O
Small Batch Coffee Roasters
Spyhouse Coffee Roasting Co.
Square Mile Coffee
Square One Coffee Roaster
Taylors of Harrogate
Temple Coffee Roasters
The Beautiful Bean
The Coffee Factory
The Excellent Cup
The Roastery
Tony's Coffee
True Stone Coffee Roasters
Vagabond Coffee Roasters
Verve Coffee
Vessel Coffee Roasters
West Cork Coffee
Workshop Coffee
Zen Coffee Roasters
Checkoff Program
Participating Retailers
Au jardin
National DCP and Dunkin'

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