Episode Two – Dr Tim Schilling

Thanks to everyone who downloaded the first episode – there were a lot more of you than I expected.

I plan to jump around quite a lot with the guests, though there is a little thematic continuation from the last episode with Stephen.  It was great to get into a bit more detail about coffee research, as it is something most people are extremely interested in.

Dr Tim Schilling is the Executive Director of the GCQRI, and has worked in the past on the SPREAD Project in Rwanda, and is also Assistant Director of Enterprise Development at the Norman Borlaug Institute.

In this podcast we talk about

  • The status of the GCQRI right now (UPDATE: You should visit World Coffee Research, the organisation that evolved out of GCQRI)

  • How to get involved and support the GCQRI (WCR).

  • Advances in research on the potato defect

  • A new approach to cupping and sensory testing in speciality coffee

It is a little shorter than the last one, though we had a couple of issues with sound quality over skype – my apologies.  The next episode is already recorded, and is very different again.  I hope you all enjoy them.  Any questions then leave a comment!

The podcast feed url is here and also available on iTunes.


5 Comments Episode Two – Dr Tim Schilling

  1. Mark

    Re skype – welcome to the fun times :) I’ve had so many skype recording issues over the years; wish there were a rock solid skype recording option; best I’ve found (and it’s wonky) is Call Recorder (on the Mac; there are more options on PC side). It costs $$ though.

    Great to see the podcast continuing.

  2. Joshua

    Thanks for these pod cast. The segament on the potato defect is interesting to hear where things are headed. I have not had much exposure to the potato defect, just once on the cupping table while cupping samples. This last weekend I competed in the Brewer Cup in the North Centeral Region, and made it to the final round. The coffee I chose to brew for the finals was a Rwanda Coopac, and one of the cups I brewed had the potato defect. I did not catch it either. thanks for all the info you post.

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  4. Benjamin Myers

    Am I missing something or has this been addressed?

    The Borlaug Institute is named after Dr. Norman Borlaug, who’s work has been criticized for bringing large-scale monoculture, input-intensive farming techniques to countries that had previously relied on subsistence farming. These farming techniques reap large profits for U.S. agribusiness and agrochemical corporations such as Monsanto Company and have been criticized for widening social inequality in the countries owing to uneven food distribution while forcing a capitalist agenda of U.S. corporations onto countries that had undergone land reform. Currently, the Borlaug Institute receives 10 million from Monsanto to help fund a “International Scholars Program.” Monsanto in the mean time, recently was chosen by a group of voters as “the Most Evil Corporation in the World.” Ahead of BP.

    I would have been interested to a discussion about all that. It seems like an important thing to get full disclosure on before people in the industry start to give more money into this research.

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