The Coffee Quality Institute has announced that Lindsey Bolger, vice president of coffee sourcing and excellence at Keurig Green Mountain, will be receiving the group’s 2015 Leadership Medal of Merit.
Presented annually at the Specialty Coffee Association of America Event for nearly a decade, the honor is CQI’s most prestigious, and is designed to celebrate those who are committed not only to coffee quality and improvement, but also the lives of producers. CQI credits Bolger with unwavering dedication on both fronts.
Bolger began her career in coffee nearly 30 years ago with Batdorf and Bronson Coffee Roasters, working alongside founders Dick Batdorf and Shannon Bronson until the business was purchased by current owners Larry and Cherie Challain. Bolger stayed on as green coffee buyer. She joined Keurig Green Mountain as a buyer in 2001 and now leads the company’s procurement efforts. Keurig Green Mountain remains one of the world’s largest buyers of Fair Trade-certified coffee, and several of Bolger’s colleagues praised her for a career-long commitment to building relationships with and improving the lives of coffee producers.
“Lindsey’s unique capacity has allowed her to keep focused on both the quality of coffee and the lives of producers from the very beginning, and not everyone can say that about their career,” said SCAA Executive Director Ric Rhinehart.
Bolger will be formally recognized at CQI’s 17th Annual Luncheon, held during SCAA 2015, on April 11.