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Community Coffee Company‘s Professional Tasters Achieve Highest Coffee Expertise Status

Apr 13, 2016

Three Certified Q Graders on Green Coffee Selection and Tasting Team

Baton Rouge, LA - Community Coffee Company green coffee experts, Mark Howell, Carl Leonard and Carlos Molina achieve elite national status for their coffee tasting skills and expertise. The Q Grader status showcases the coffee company’s commitment to quality and high standards.

Howell, Leonard and Molina are in exclusive and distinguished company as three of 550 people in the country who have achieved Q grader status. Q grader status signifies an individual’s commitment to quality, dedication to training and adherence of strict standards set forth by the coffee industry.

“Community Coffee Company’s commitment to source, roast and deliver the best tasting coffees starts with the quality of the coffee beans,” said Annette Vaccaro, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Community Coffee Company. “That’s why it is so important to have highly-trained, skilled coffee experts to support our efforts and help us create the rich, smooth cup of Community® coffee that our customers expect. We are very proud of this team’s accomplishments.”

To become a Q Grader, one must pass rigorous testing, including a combination of cupping, olfactory and other sensory challenges. Q Grading was first started through the efforts of the Specialty Coffee Association of America who formed the Coffee Quality Institute. The Q Grading system has been embraced worldwide and is recognized as the highest certification one can receive in the coffee industry.

Previous to the establishment of Q Graders and Cuppers, each coffee origin had its own specific grading system and language that only applied to the particular coffee origin. The Q Coffee System has created a universal coffee supply chain standard for evaluating specialty grade coffee.

About Community Coffee Company
Now in its 97th year, Community Coffee Company houses the largest family-owned and operated retail coffee brand in America, and four generations of the Saurage family have operated the company since its inception. Founded in 1919, Community Coffee Company is an importer, roaster and distributor of the highest-quality premium coffees and teas, using only 100% Arabica coffee beans. For additional information, visit or find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

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