Shrewsbury Businesswoman Gets Coffee Processing Certified – Patch.com

Press release from JNP Coffee:
Oct. 9, 2021
Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian, founder of JNP Coffee, LLC, has received certification as a Q processor by the Coffee Quality Institute. The designation recognizes specialized training in more technical approaches to coffee processing.
A certified Q grader, she is now certified as Q Processing Level 1. Niyonzima-Aroian is one of the only Burundi natives to hold both certifications.
The Q Processor certification course gives industry specialists a thorough understanding of the differences among coffee processing methods and their complexity, which affect the flavor of the coffee. Certification requires a passing grade on the Q Processing Generalist exam.
Niyonzima-Aroian plans to share the knowledge gained through the Q processor course with the farmers she works with in Burundi. “I want to help these farmers learn information they wouldn’t otherwise be able to access,” she said. “This complements the access to markets around the world that JNP Coffee provides for them.”
Niyonzima-Aroian founded JNP Coffee in 2012 after a career in international telecommunications. She holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and serves as Community Coordinator for the US chapter of the Specialty Coffee Association.
With operations in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and Bujumbura, Burundi, JNP Coffee sources specialty coffees grown in the mountains of Burundi that are notable for their fruit and floral characteristics. The company strives to improve the lives of Burundian coffee farmers with extra payments for their production of high-quality coffee, coupled with literacy and financial education.
CQI is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1996 to improve the quality of coffee and the lives of the people who produce it. The organization works internationally to ensure coffee producers have access to the support they need to improve the quality of their coffee and access to markets that reward high-quality coffee. CQI aims to provide long-term solutions to local challenges that emphasize self-sufficiency and build better supply chains and thriving communities.
This press release was produced by JNP Coffee. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

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