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Roukiat Delrue takes new role at CQI

From the July 2017 issue.

We talk to the Coffee Quality Institute’s new Director of Q and Educational Programming, Roukiat Delrue.

Roukiat Delrue

Coffee is extremely addictive – not just the beverage itself, but the industry, too. Just ask the Coffee Quality Institute’s (CQI) new Director of Q and Educational Programming, Roukiat Delrue.

Once a professional interpreter, it just took one round of sustained exposure to the coffee industry – through interpreting for a group of coffee producers from Rwanda who were funded by Chemonics to travel to Guatemala in 2005 – and she was, in her own words, “hooked”.

“I had the lovely opportunity to be with a group of coffee producers from Rwanda who were doing visits throughout the whole coffee chain: growing, processing, co-ops, cupping, everything!  After that, it’s safe to say I was hooked,” she tells Global Coffee Report.

Originally from Belgium, and with a business degree, it’s safe to assume that Delrue has never been one to lack initiative. And so, once she had caught the coffee bug, she took decisive action.

“I approached the National Coffee Association in Guatemala (Anacafe) and started working there for about a year or so. That’s how it all started,” she says.

That was in 2005. While at Anacafe, she worked as the National Promotions Manager. In this role, Delrue first visited that Mecca of specialty coffee events, the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s annual event, where she worked on a booth in Seattle in 2005.

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