Susan Jaime

Member

Southwest Region

Texas Camino Real District Export Council

Master Roaster, Export and Sales of International Sales at UniKo Specialty Coffee

Susan Jaime's passion for coffee began in 1998. With a desire to help the small coffee growers of South and Central America, she purchased her first two bags of coffee weighing little more than 150lbs directly from the growers ensuring they received a fair price for their product. After securing a local roaster, Susan began selling her coffee to local restaurants and Chefs. She began her studies at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and acquired several certifications to undertake the task of roasting the beans herself. Today Susan works at UniKo Specialty Coffee-- the producers of UniKo Coffee, a high end brand of specialty coffees. The company also handles international export contracts of specialty coffees both roasted and green. In addition to roasting, Susan has shared her knowledge through teaching in several countries under the auspices of Texas A&M AgriLife projects. She has reached hundreds of coffee growers, instructing them on how to grade their coffees for quality, how to roast and cup their coffee, and how to secure placement and sell their products in the international market. Furthermore, Susan's work has led her to working with others in her field to develop a system for profiling the quality of cacaos in South and Central America. These efforts will help growers test quality of their products, improve their parcels, integrate organic and sustainable growing technologies, and help to sell their products to global markets. Widely recognized for her expertise, Susan is routinely called upon to design coffee blends by top rated chefs and restauranteurs throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

 

2009 - Susan designs a proprietary bank of profiles from around the world- used by growers t o systematically
prove their quality to potential buyers.

2010 - Susan is secured by the Bourloug Institute to teach growers about product quality processes. She is also invited to be a member of the culinary organization La Dames De Escoffier.

2015 - Susan is invited by Congress to represent small and medium exporting businesses of the USA at the Committee of
Foreign Affairs and Trade Commission.

2016 - Susan also selected as one of 45 USA minority own companies on behalf of the ExIm Bank of the USA to speak at the White House Business Council with high level policy makers about promoting and helping small l businesses expand in the international markets.

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