She is a Coffee Corps Volunteer of the CQI and has carried out technical training assignments on quality in Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda. Sunalini is also a Licensed Q & R grader. Sunalini has many awards to her credit:
- In 2002, she was awarded the “People of the Year Award by the Tea & Coffee Trade Journal USA, for her contribution to the Indian Coffee Industry.
- In January 2005, she was awarded the “Eminent Personality Award for Outstanding contribution to Indian Coffee” by the Speciality Coffee Association of India.
- In April 2005, Sunalini received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the International Women’s Coffee Alliance Founding Committee. She was recognized for her numerous achievements throughout her career.
- In May 2006, her lab ‘Coffeelab’ was awarded the “Hidden Treasure Award” by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe, for that unrecognized Treasure that has done more than its fair share of promoting quality coffee.
- In April 2010, Sunalini was awarded the ‘Leadership Medal of Merit’ by the Specialty Coffee Association of America in Anaheim, C.A., for her invaluable contributions to the world coffee industry and her unrelenting efforts to quality, training and mentoring.
Service to the Association – Trevor Corlett
Trevor is CEO and co-founder of Madcap Coffee Company and currently lives in the Washington, DC area heading up Madcap’s expansion project. He is also currently serving as the Chair of the Barista Guild of America, is a SCAA Specialized instructor, a subject matter expert in espresso for the SCAA, and an editorial advisor for Barista Magazine.
Trevor has also been competing in barista competitions for a number of years having finished in the top 6 in a regional consecutively for the last 6 years. In 2011 he finished 4th and most recently 3rd in the United States Barista Championship. When not making coffee he can be found doing Lego construction with his wife and three daughters.
Sustainability Award – Congo Coffee Revival: Regenerating Communities by Linking Remote Farmers to Mainstream Markets
For this project, Twin, a UK-based ethical trading organization, set out to engage new producers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and help them access value-added markets for the first time.
Twin’s first partnership was with Sopacdi, a coffee cooperative in this region, which had 284 members and was in need of support, capacity building and access to international markets. Since 2008 Twin has worked to build production and export capacity for this cooperative, including coffee farm rehabilitation, processing infrastructure, and business and governance capacity.
Today, the cooperative has 5,200 members, including 1,450 women, and has constructed the country’s first modern coffee washing station in 40 years.
Twin also partnered with the UK supermarket, Sainsbury’s, and the roaster Finlays under a Food Retail Industry Challenge Fund (FRICH), funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and Comic Relief in 2009.
The collaboration sought to bring together a wealth of industry expertise to support marginalized producers with training and new facilities to improve quality, as well as provide access to mainstream markets and product development. In 2011, Sainsbury’s successfully launched a DRC and Malawi blend that included Sopacdi’s coffee.