Neumann Kaffee Gruppe announces Quality Control training programme NKG PACE

Neumann Kaffee Gruppe (NKG), the world’s leading green coffee services group, and the Coffee Coalition for Racial Equity (CCRE), a US-based non-profit driven to bring equity and diversity into the coffee community, have introduced the Neumann Kaffee Gruppe Partnership to Advance Coffee Equity (NKG PACE).

NKG PACE will offer Black Americans — a group that experiences the largest gap in employment and decision-making roles in the US coffee industry — opportunities to become green-coffee quality specialists. NKG PACE is a paid, one-year, Quality Control focused programme through which the three Neumann Gruppe USA (NGUS) companies — Atlas Coffee Importers, InterAmerican Coffee and Rothfos Corporation — will share their deep knowledge of the green-coffee industry, with the intention of growing diversity internally and in the U.S. coffee industry.

NKG PACE Partners – three per programme cycle starting in January 2022 – will learn to manage a Quality Control lab, cup and grade many kinds of coffee, receive and share samples, maintain an inventory system, analyse green coffee and become familiar with annual global coffee offerings. At the same time, the NGUS offices with all of their functions, departments and activities will be open to the partners. They’ll also be supported and encouraged through a mentorship programme provided by CCRE.

“Last summer, a new sense of urgency regarding racial inequities in the United States led us to intense and fruitful discussions. The result, after months of discussions, ideas and more discussions, was NKG PACE,” said David M Neumann, CEO of Neumann Gruppe GmbH. “NKG unconditionally embraces diversity in our business and depends on it for its success. At the same time, we understand that we can and need to learn and do more, as a worldwide group of coffee merchants intent on playing a role in making the coffee business more equitable and inclusive, from mountaintop to tabletop.”

Developed jointly by NKG and CCRE, NKG PACE was created in close collaboration. Both are delighted to have the globally respected Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) joining the effort as an ally on the programme’s educational curriculum. “Access to education has historically been a way to either enable racial equity or to thwart it,” said Coffee Quality Institute chief executive officer Tina Yerkes, PhD. “Ensuring access is a significant new focus for us. CQI offers education and certification that is recognised globally, and we are happy to provide a pathway to improve representation in the coffee industry.”

NKG PACE is funded by NKG. After the inaugural year, the programme will be open to coffee-industry sponsors, who may contribute funding or educational opportunities.

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