Mey Choy Paz joined the FCIA team on August 1, 2019, as our Private Sector Liaison for the USDA-funded MOCCA program in Latin America. MOCCA is a five-year agricultural development program, focusing on improving fine cacao and specialty coffee supply chains. Mey is specifically helping FCIA companies examine lots of cocoa with fine flavor characteristics and establishing business linkages with local contacts in Peru, Ecuador and Guatemala. She also is a resource for a variety of technical information on cocoa for prospective buyers and sellers.
Another aspect of Mey’s position will be to support Mobile Cocoa (Cacao Móvil) app, which is a web-based platform providing precise information on sensory profiles, origins, benefit process, and volumes offered by each origin to cocoa buyers and sellers.
Mey belongs to the National Network of Tasters of Peru, where she has been a taster in the XII Editions of the National Cocoa Contest. She has also participated in the Cooperative Development Program, CDP, with Equal Exchange, TCHO and partners of Peru, Ecuador and Dominican Republic.
Mey has worked with cocoa since 2001, in the areas of Quality Control, Cocoa Processing, Chocolate and Post Harvest Benefit of Cocoa; in private companies, NGOs, cooperatives and as a consultant.
Through her previous consultancies, Mey has worked in most cocoa areas of Peru as well as Central America. These consultancies included a variety of topics related to cocoa including post-harvest handling, quality control, sensory analysis and processing.
She is currently certified before SINEACE (National System for Evaluation, Accreditation and Certification of Educational Quality of the Ministry of Education of Peru) as an Evaluator for Pasta Tasters or Cocoa Liqueur.
FCIA members who are interested to meet with Mey or learn more about her role in FCIA can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.