Meet the CLI Team
Coffee Lab International (CLI) has been operating as an independent coffee testing and educational facility serving all facets of the coffee industry since 1995. We are a team of devoted and enthusiastic coffee professionals who have dedicated much of our lives to the global coffee industry.
Founder Mané Alves, has gathered an in-house team of Licensed Q Graders and who are well versed in evaluating coffee of all quality levels from around the world. The team is experienced in sensory evaluation of coffees ranging from single origin greens to roasted finished products across various packaging methods. CLI works with customers from all segments of the coffee industry; from small coffee farmers, exporters, importers, micro-roasters and large commercial roasters, to multi-national retailers, c-stores, restaurant chains, cafes, and food service providers.
CLI’s headquarters are based in Waterbury Center, Vermont and is a
Certified Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Lab and Campus.
CLI and School of Coffee Director
Shannon has been working in the coffee industry for over 20 years. As CLI Director, Shannon sets and implements CLI’s strategic course. She is a Certified Q Grader for both Robusta and Arabica coffees, an International Coffee Tasting Judge and Specialty Tea Institute Certified Level II Taster. Shannon brings a vast history of cupping and tasting skills to the table along with beverage research and development knowledge, design and training of cupping and sensory panels, roast profile management, product innovation, equipment optimization as well as coffee quality training for customers globally.
CLI School of Coffee Roast Specialist
Josh brings over 12 years of experience in coffee and has a professional background as a Master Roaster. His sensory knowledge includes cupping and recipe development. Josh has extensive experience in sensory screenings utilizing ISO Standards, participation as a panel member for Quality Control; communication between roasting, quality and research and development for adjustments to product profile to improve quality and consistency.