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Expert in Coffee Processing, Coffee Wastes Treatment, Factory Designs and Layout.

Expert ID: 729798 New Zealand

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Expert was for ten years the Principal Research Scientist for 'Coffee Processing' at the Papua New Guinea Coffee Research Institute. With a background in Microbiology and Wastes treatment he was able to apply these areas to significant improvement in the technology of coffee factory systems and methodology. In particular, he was able to develop new and practical low cost ways of dealing with and disposal of coffee wastes. The production of biogas from coffee waste water, the production of feedstuffs from coffee pulp solids and the efficient gasification and direct fired combustion of coffee hulls and husks to the point where wet coffee could be dried with its own production of parchment hulls.

Expert was part of a small team which undertook an assessment of the Coffee industry of Tanzania for the European Union in 2004. This was to assess the future viability and identify weak spots where the E.U. could introduce an aid program.In 2005 Expert was sent to the Honduras to provide a report on the quality of coffee and how it could be improved by better processing methods.From 2001 to 2005 Expert, under a German P.P.P. Aid scheme, paid a annual visit to the Central Provinces of Vietnam to upgrade the arabica industry there. By 2005 farmers were getting 5 times the price that they had in 2001.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1963 Degree: B.Sc. Subject: Industrial Chemistry and Microbiology. Institution: University of Otago New Zealand.

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2000 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Coffee Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Development of the 3rd World Coffee Industry.
R & D coffee wastes treatment. This included consultancies to Vietnam, Tanzania, Honduras, India, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea.
Years: 1990 to 1999 Employer: Coffee Industry Corp of Papua New Guinea Title: Prin. Res.Scientist & Factory Manager. Department: Coffee Processing. Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for all matters of coffee harvesting and processing through the Institutes factory handling >20 tonnes/day of research coffee varieties and trials. His particular brief was to develop renewable energy sources from Coffee factory wastes
Years: 1979 to 1983 Employer: Republic of Vanuatu. Title: Officer for Rural Industry & Development. Department: Prime Ministers Office, Central Planning Responsibilities: Expert was in charge of Village & Rural Industry, including coffee.
Also Rural Water Supply and Renewable Energy Sources.
These included Firewood, Charcoal, Coconut oil to diesel, Solar and Wind engineering.
Years: 1983 to 1989 Employer: Presbyterian Church of New Zealand. Title: Parish Minister Department: Sthld Presbytery Responsibilities: Pastoral Care of Rural Parish.
Years: 1966 to 1979 Employer: Presbyterian Church of New Zealand Title: Director Southern Islands New Hebrides Department: Overseas Missionary Service Responsibilities: Expert as well as being in charge of Ministry in the 5 Southern Islands of the Pacific Island group of the New Hebrides, later Vanuatu. Ran the Village Industry Training Centre Workshops for the Presbyterian Mission. On Independance in 1979, he moved into Government and followed up this work in from the Govt.. Central Planning Office.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1979 to 1983 Agency: N.Z. Dept of External Affairs Role: Energy Planner Govt of Vanuatu. Description: On the Independence of the Republic of Vanuatu,
Expert was seconded to the Central Planning Office with responsibility for rural industry Energy and water supplies.
Years: 1990 to 1999 Agency: Dept of Agriculture P.N.G. Role: Principal Research Scientist Description: Head of Research and Factory Manager.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
A.N.Z. Assoc Gas Engineers;
M.Assoc.Energy Engineers;
M.N.Z. Waste Water Assoc.;
M.S.F. Applied Microbiology. prev. M.I.E.E.E.
Licenses / Certifications
N.Z. auto.Gas Fuels Cert.;
N.Z ARC.(Radio operator);
N.Z. Electrical Servicemans Cert.
Professional Appointments
Principal Research Scientist;
Coffee Processing. P.N.G.;
Energy Planner. Prime Ministers Office Republic of Vanuatu.
Awards / Recognition
Queens Silver Jubilee Medal;
Services to Industry. New Hebrides.
Medal of Merit.
Publications and Patents Summary
Numerous publications and Research Reports. P.N.G. C.I.C. Coffee Research Institute.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
ExpertCalvert has Conducted many courses and seminars on coffee processing and technology. It was part of his job at the C.R.I.
Vendor Selection
As a Research person at the P.N.G C.R.I., ExpertCalvert has had a lot of experience in sourcing and searching for new equipment, technology and new processes for coffee farmers and factories.
Marketing Experience
ExpertCalvert's background in microbiology has allowed him to develop many new processes in the fermentation, washing and drying of coffee parchment. Also in wastes treatment processes.
Other Relevant Experience
A further area of skills shown by ExpertCalvert is his background in electronics. Initially as a hobby in Amateur Radio, leading onto modern research equipment, Computing, Coffee sorting, Data logging, Gas Chromatography, Weather recording and machine control.
Additionally, being brought up on a farm with a well equipped workshop, ExpertCalvert has all the basic mechanical skills, electric/gas welding, fitting, suitable for machinery repair in remote areas.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Pacific Islands Pidgin. From Papua new Guinea pidgin to Vanuatu Bislama Expert has negotiated his way around the Pacific Islands.

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