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Coffee Quality Institute Honors Lindsey Bolger at its 17th Annual Luncheon PORTLAND, OR (December 16, 2014) – The Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) is pleased to announce that Lindsey Bolger of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig) is our 2015 Leadership Medal of Merit honoree. CQI is recognizing Ms. Bolger, vice president of coffee sourcing and excellence, for her career-long commitment to quality improvements and the lives of producers. As an ardent supporter of CQI’s Q Coffee System, she integrated CQI’s common language for quality, utilizing the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s (SCAA) standards, throughout Keurig’s value chain. Trish Rothgeb, CQI’s director of Q services, recalls, “Lindsey was an early adopter and leader in our Q Program from the very beginning. Her support of CQI has helped shape our programs and affected what we are doing today.” Nearly three decades ago, Ms. Bolger started her career with a small artisan roaster, Batdorf and Bronson Coffee Roasters. She was instantly engaged in the coffee industry and worked closely with founders Dick Batdorf and Shannon Bronson. When the business was purchased by its current owners, Larry and Cherie Challain, Ms. Bolger stayed on as the green coffee buyer and maintained her commitment to quality. “Lindsey’s unique capacity has allowed her to keep focused on both the quality of coffee and the lives of producers from the very beginning, and not everyone can say that about their career,” adds Ric Rhinehart, the SCAA’s executive director. Ms. Bolger joined Keurig (formerly Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.) in 2001, where she now leads its coffee procurement strategies, including sourcing, contracting, and planning. She also supports its mission to develop direct relationships with the coffee producers and their communities. Sustainable Harvest’s chief coffee officer and CQI trustee Jorge Cuevas adds, “Lindsey has had an enlightened career and has furthered the quality of life for coffee growers. Her commitment towards disseminating the ‘language of taste’ is unparalleled.” It’s quite possible that Ms. Bolger has had one of the biggest impacts in the industry in terms of improving coffee quality and the lives of people who produce it, since Keurig is one of the largest buyers of Fair Trade coffee in the world. She has served on SCAA’s board of directors and is currently the board chairperson of the World Coffee Research.
Lindsey Bolger receives CQI's most prestigious honor, the Leadership Medal of Merit.