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Now Hiring: Office Administrator - Cafe Imports Australia

We at Cafe Imports Australia are seeking to hire a new core member of our team!

This role will be helping to maintain accounts and business matters for the Australian office. This position will be working on accounting matters including invoice generation and accounts payable/receivable, reporting, administrative office responsibilities, customer service, and assisting with marketing for the Cafe Imports Australia office.

The ideal candidate is someone that is extremely comfortable with numbers, currencies, and open to learning basic coffee "C" market concepts.

This person will also be working closely with the US office to ensure reporting standards are maintained in Australia.

In addition, the right person is someone that is comfortable speaking to customers, and embodies Cafe Imports strong emphasis on a meaningful customer experience and education.

By nature of being a small business in Specialty Coffee, everyone wears several hats to continually innovate and keep progress moving in an ever-changing and exciting industry. The ideal candidate for this job is constantly looking at how to improve systems and procedures in the office.

Pre-requisites:
Previous experience in accounting, account management, or some other position which included working closely with numbers and dealing directly with customers.
An interest in coffee and fine food, or an open-ness to learning more about specialty coffee
Willingness to travel to Abbotsford, VIC daily, M-F

Skills and Experience:

1. Accounting and Contracts
a. Demonstrate basic understanding of coffee "C" market and hedging
b. Be able to work easily between multiple currencies & units
c. Familiarity with accounting software
d. Understanding of expenses & reporting
e. Possess and demonstrate knowledge of transactional contract terms and terminology

Customer Service
a. Previous work experience in a consumer facing position
b. Ability to show empathy and deal effectively with challenging customer situations

Logistics
a. Ability to navigate working with multiple freight carriers,
b. Generating bills of lading, creating pickups, monitor billing

4. Personality
a. Extremely organized, proactive, and very "type A" personality
b. Ability to work alone at times
c. Tidy and efficient in both physical space and communication
d. Strong interest in either specialty coffee, fine food, or some other culinary area

Email: australia@cafeimports.com with CV and cover letter. No calls please.


Now Hiring: Senior Sales Associate for Cafe Imports Europe

Senior Sales Associate: Europe

Cafe Imports Europe is seeking to hire a new Senior Sales Associate for our Berlin Office!

This role focuses strongly on maintaining current customer accounts by providing support and development for all aspects of their specialty green coffee needs, while continuously prospecting and building new partnerships throughout Europe. 

Account management of current and forward coffee needs requires this candidate be highly detailed and systems oriented.  Strong and effective communication is a must in our fast paced and dynamic industry.

The position involves work with multiple currencies, hedging, and the coffee "C" market on a daily basis. A strong aptitude for numbers is extremely important.

In addition, the ideal candidate is responsible for coordinating and leading multiple trips to coffee producing countries annually. Comfortability with international travel and an openness to new cultures/ways of life is a must. Attendance and involvement at multiple European based coffee events is also required.

Green coffee sales is far more involved than most other sales jobs. It takes someone with an exceptional palate, passion for specialty coffee and knack for working with a broad and diverse group of people. The right candidate will embody Cafe Imports' strong emphasis on a meaningful customer experience through compassion, empathy and education.  This person will also work closely with the US office to ensure reporting standards are maintained in Europe.

In order to continually innovate and grow in our ever-changing and exciting industry we place a large value on Café Imports involvement at all different levels of the industry. The Senior Sales Associate position, like Café Imports, will wear many different hats. The right candidate is constantly looking at how to improve systems and procedures to better reach our current and new customers.

Pre-requisites:

Previous experience in Specialty Coffee sales, account management, or sales in a related industry.

An ability to demonstrate a proficiency working with numbers (currencies and "C" market).

Willingness to live in Berlin, Germany and travel multiple times a year.

Email: ari@cafeimports.com with CV and cover letter. No calls please.


New Cafe Imports Warehouse

 

Since the purchase of our first Brazilian coffee container in 1993, we have striven to unilaterally improve on our values of quality, service, education, and progress while sourcing and developing world renown specialty coffee. Sharing that passion is our likeminded coffee producing partners, exporters, and roasters worldwide. A coffee supply chain empowered by quality has created a future for specialty coffee we could have never imagined back in 1993. We are humbled and proud to enter a new chapter in our role in that supply chain, presenting the new home for our Cafe Imports HQ offerings in Minnesota--now with some breathing room.

 

 

2280 Walnut St

Suite 200

Roseville, MN  55113

 

Owning and operating our own warehouse has always been very important to us because it ensures the best possible level of service for our customers. Equally so, the efficiency of this step in a coffee's journey is only made possible through the hands of our extremely capable and hardworking warehouse staff:

 

From monitoring proper storage, wrapping and strapping our orders perfectly, to shipping same day--we pride ourselves on equipping our customers with these benefits, and we are determined to carry forward the best care possible into an industry that has given us so much--Thank you all, cheers to the future. 

 

 


New Warehouse Location

We have officially transfered all operations to our new warehouse location:

2280 Walnut St

Suite 200

Roseville, MN  55113

 

All pick-up orders please head to the small parking lot at the south side of the building.  Office is through the south-facing door.

Any questions or concerns, feel free to call our office (1-800-278-5065) or email info@cafeimports.com.

 

 


SCAA 2016: Cafe Imports Schedule

 

Friday

 

Featured Coffees:

9036 Colombia ACES

8837 Peru Microlot

8627 Colombia Pink Bourbon

7992 Malawi

8186 Burundi

 

Origin Guests 1pm-2pm:

Shabbir Ezzi, Yemen

Alejandro Renjifo, Colombia

 

Guest Baristas:

12pm - 1pm

James Tooill, Lo Colombe Coffee Roasters

2pm-3pm

Andrew Gage,  Velo Coffee Roasters

Sarah Shirk, Square One Coffee

 

 Evening Activities:

Hotlanta: Cool Party

6:30pm - 11:00pm

Live Opposites Extract podcast recording @ 6:30 pm followed by free tacos, drinks, and music DJ'd by RADAMES

RSVP at our Facebook Event Page.

 

SATURDAY

 

Featured Coffees:

8736 Honduras

8460 Brazil

8020 Sulawesi

8437 Sumatra

8893 Colombia Regional Select

 

Origin Guests 1pm-2pm:

Toarco Producers, Sulawesi

Jacques Carneiro, Carmo Coffees, Brazil

Roberto Rene Gonzalez, Co-op RAOS, Honduras

 

Guest Baristas:

12pm - 1pm

Grace Bishop and Natalie Roth, Tinker Coffee Roasters

Sheperd Wadley, Huckleberry Roasters

2pm-3pm

Devon Chapman, La Colombe Coffee Roasters

Chad Kimm, Ghost Town Coffee Roasters

 

Evening Activities:

2016 U.S. Aeropress Championship

Chattahoochee Coffee Company

7:00pm - 11:00pm

 

SUNDAY

 

Featured Coffees:

7819 Rwanda

8634 Yemen

7512 Congo

8217 Papua New Guinea

 Origin Guests 1pm-2pm:

Arthur McGowan Jamaican Coffee Farmers Association

 

Guest Baristas:

12pm - 1pm

Jonathan Withers, Toby's Estate Coffee, NYC

2pm-3pm

Maciej Kasperowicz, Gregory's Coffee


Huila Best Cup 2016

Huila Best Cup 2016 from Cafe Imports on Vimeo.

This past February, we teamed up with Banexport Specialty in Pitalito, Colombia, to host our first "Huila Best Cup" event. Based on the success of the similar cup-competition events Café Imports initiated in the Cauca region, we decided to expand the reach of this opportunity for producers in Huila. Together with a group of roasters and green buyers from around the world, we cupped the top 30 coffees from an unprecedented pool of 750 submissions over the course of three days. The final day, we re-cupped the top 12 coffees, ranked them, and hosted a live auction where the roasters bid on their favorite coffees while surrounded by a very encouraging crowd of the producers, and their friends and families. 

 

The top coffee, from producer Simón Chacón of Acevedo, sold for an astounding $31.50 a pound.  

 

These events have been an effort to give extremely skilled producers an opportunity to showcase their crops, receive an award-value wage, and earn the recognition and respect they deserve. At the same time, we as importers and roasters get the opportunity to meet these farmers face-to-face, directly purchase their coffees, and hopefully develop long-lasting relationships with these professionals of origin; not to mention the constant discovery of amazing Colombian coffees, year after year.

 

The coffees from this auction are currently on the way to our warehouses.  Explore these limited Huila Best Cup offerings here and drop us a line to inquire even further. 


Gran Galope: The Colombian Workhorse

 

Café Imports is pleased to announce the arrival of our first container of Gran Galope;  another Big Stride for us in the direction of supporting small farmers and sourcing exceptional Colombian Coffee. These are full containers of coffees changing the game of what "standard" Colombian coffees are; a new "workhorse" coffee from Colombia.

 In an effort to be a better partner to our coffee-farming friends in the South of Colombia by buying more of their fine coffee and paying a premium better than they can find in the local market, we are strengthening our relationships while simultaneously introducing a product to Specialty Coffee roasters that is solid, flexible and relatively inexpensive. This is a win-win for producers and roasters. Our goal is always to find more good homes for more of the crop from our partners.

The average coffee farmer in Cauca and Huila has about 1.5 hectares of coffee land and will produce about 50 bags of coffee per harvest.  During the few months of harvest season, he or she will bring to town on a Saturday 10 or so bags of Pergamino to sell. We pay a premium based on cup scores; higher score equals higher premium. 90 points is over $4.00. Above 88 points means a micro-lot premium and 86 points equals our Regional Select premium.

Before Gran Galope, the other coffees, anything below 86 (that's where most of the coffee lies), recieved the FNC price or the posted street price. In today's market of about $1.20, this standard price is simply an unfortunate break-even price for an entire year's-worth of what we all know is hard, committed, and disciplined work.

 So today we are pulling out the top lots from those still-solid but lesser cupping coffees (think 84-85 points), paying a premium to the farmer and bulking them together to make full containers of delicious, rich chocolatey Colombian coffee.

 

Enjoy Gran Galope, and gallop proudly in front of the herd my friends!

 


The 2016 Legendary Coffee Producer Tour Lineup

Café Imports is committed to supporting the baristas who are at the front lines of our industry--the people who shake hands with customers and humbly serve a beautiful product which so many people worked so hard to prepare.

After recent changes to the SCAA competition structure, we are proud to announce that, in place of the Barista Origin Trip sponsorship this year, we will allocate those funds toward hosting a series of regional educational and enrichment events, designed to encourage professional development and community--just as the regional barista competitions have in the past.

This year, we bring to you the inaugural Legendary Coffee-Producer Tour!

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 We will be touring with six coffee producers from around the world to three US cities, engaging and sharing information freely with the local coffee communities. During each daylong event, we will be offering free classes on agronomy, coffee processing, cupping, flavor, and other areas of coffee science in which this group are expert.  

The tour will feature some of our truly legendary coffee-producing partners, to allow them to share their experience and, in a sense, bring origin to you and your community.

We have collaborated with these dedicated producers for many years, and have accepted gracious invitations to join them in their own homes and lives, sharing their stories with us. We are excited to finally reciprocate their hospitality and kindness by bringing them to our homes, in an effort to deepen the understanding on both sides of our industry's culture. Please help us welcome and learn with some of our most innovative and dedicated coffee-producing partners.

 

  

 

 

Oscar and Francesca Chacon - Finca Las Lajas, Costa Rica

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"...on the topics of processing methods, the importance of sustainable farming, and the emergence of Costa Rican microlots." 

 

 

 

 

Jacques Carniero - Carmo Coffees, Brazil

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"...on the topics of pruning, productivity, and innovative agricultural practices unique to Brazilian producers."

 

 

 

Juan Jose Moguel - Finca Nueva Linda, Mexico

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"...on the topic of moving from commodity grade coffee into the specialty realm, as well as the challenges that are unique to Mexican specialty coffee producers."

 

 

Tour: Dates, Times, Locations 

RSVP at the links below.

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 For more information on the event, producers, and topics, visit our Facebook events page.

 

 


A 2015 Visual CI Retrospective

Well, wouldn't you know: It's that time of year where America's favorite VJ, Carson Daly, throws on the leather gloves & ear muffs to guide us through the cosmos in NYC's Time Square. Cosmos, you ask? Well, that would be referring to our ever-revolving planet, soaring through space, as a symbolic reverse disco ball descends above a skyscraper, officially closing out 2015. We here at Café Imports tend to get sentimental while changing our hanging wall calendar, in an odd, slightly too-ceremonial fashion. We think it is important as we roll into the new year to look back at the memories we cherish most, sit with them for a moment, and then totally forget them as we plow ahead into the future.

Move over 2015, there's a new kid in town, right? People?

Well, at least we'll leave this blog up for the Internet to enjoy for years to come, as a reference to where we once were....which reminds us, hello readers from the future, how is it out there? Good? That's great! 

There are almost as many memories at Café Imports this year as there are stars in the sky. We whittled it down to highlights in an order that's only relatively chronological--but who's keeping count? Carson Daly, maybe? Either way, come with us for a guide through the cosmos that were Café Imports 2015.


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The Variety Select program joined our offerings

We changed it up.

We linked up with the Jamaican Coffee Farmers Association

Piero brought some samples in from El Sal.

The Yemeni Red Haraaz was stronger than ever

We USBC'ed and competed in the U.S. Cup Tasters Championship.

We cupped in slow motion.

We Expo'd.

Joe got an award.

We partied.

We collaborated with Dr. Flavio Borem.

We worked with some dogs.

We swagged-out the Cup Taster Champions.

We made some vids

Joe 'Pro'd.

Customer Service took advantage of some deals on wheels.

We coffee mapped some origins, and the quest continues...

Cafe Imports Europe grew from 1 to 4, follow them on instagram @cafeimportseurope and join the thousand of fans.

Gabe and Ari went to Russia...

Meister, Joe and Adrienne got Legendary in the PNW.

Matty B got huge at Lo Mejor de Mexico.

Fresh Crop Came.

The Costa Community Lots delivered.

We had a staff engagement - Matt and Kate set a date! #mattandkatesetadate

Cafe Imports Australia was born. Watch them grow up before our eyes over at @cafeimportsaustralia on Instagram.

We got to know our green buyers.

Benny Boo got published.

Dan travelled East and made some friends.

Omar celebrated national coffee day.

Roasters got stumped at Portland Coffee Fest

The Cafe Imports Education dept. joined the AV club

Noah and Jess barista-tripped with the best.

Cropster livestreamed.

We made a hat benefitting Grounds for Health -- still in stock! Purchase here.

We got some solar power at HQ

Cauca Best Cup was the bestest:

Okay, time to SLOW DOWN THE SCROLLING. We are specifically extremely excited to note that the premiums paid for coffees from the Cauca Best Cup competition brought in over $500,000 USD to producers in the Cauca region!

Cuaca Best Cup, our Hats for Health, and recent solar-panel installation are few of many projects we've worked on over the years to create momentum, foster community, and safeguard the environment, from our small corner of the global coffee world.

We've typically only blogged about these projects in the past, or referred to them in our Beanologies, but we thought it was time to finally make a home for these programs to live in a new section of our website we have deemed "Progress": a new category we have adopted into our driving principles

We believe this framework should clear a path for us and our customers to travel together, strengthening these programs as we move forward in the new year.

On our Progress page, we break down our projects into three categories: community, development, and environment. Check it out here.

That's a wrap on 2015, stick a fork in it, it's done! We have a lot in store for 2016, and we couldnt do what we do best without the continued support of you, our amazing coffee patners. We hope that, together, we can continue to start our days with the best coffees this planet, barreling through the cosmos, has to offer.

Have a Happy New Year, a sweet '16 it shall be!

-- The CI Team


Our favorite tagged photos of 2015

The interconnectivety social media has granted modern day coffee creatives absolutely flabbergasts us. We are delighted on a daily basis to open up our instagram and discover ourselves tagged in photos, making us proclaim things like:  "Zaaaam, that coffee made it all the way to Alaska! Coffee really connects the whole gall dang world doesnt it?" or "what the heck is Gabe up to now?" or "Person in a coffee bag! Person in a coffee bag!". We are so grateful for these posts, that we have compiled a list of our favorites and wanted to share them back for the whole world to see! 

Here are our top ten favorite tagged Instagram photos from 2015 in no particular order, as well as some honorable mentions:


@dessert_oasis_coffee_roasters--"Our new team mascot #burlapboy #cafeimports #docr"


@codykinart--"Load 'er up"


@hatchetcoffee--"New Space, New Roaster, New Coffees. We're closing in on a launch. @recessnc #v60 #pourover #booneview"


@tonyqtostador--"Importer Sales. Roaster. Producer. Importer Green Buyer. Complete the chain. I just had the opportunity to serve Juan Peña the coffee he produced, that I used for US Brewers Cup, at his farm La Papaya. This harvest was the best coffee I have ever seen. Some moments are too special for words. Moments like this make me great full to be part of the team at @spyhousecoffee and get to work with the amazing people at @cafeimports who facilitate these things."


@tandemcoffeeroasters--"namesake"


@blackcupcdm--"Two bags of this incredible microlot just arrived from @cafeimports for September's featured Coffee Of The Month. What could it be...? 


@redlightroastery--"Coffee anyone? I got some for Hot Springs! #redlightroastery #thankyoucoffee #getroasted @cafeimports #cafeimports #hotspringscoffee #hotspringsnationalpark"


@coffee_mistress--"@gabemakescoffee"


@baristamagazine--"Yummo cappacinos at Icono in Popayan, Colombia, complete with replica of colombia traffic @cafeimports #coloyolo"


@Cassr0cks_ha--"The MYOB poster boy is now doing adverts for Cafe Imports. On location at Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada #people #posterboy #usa #coffee #coffeelovers "


HONORABLE MENTIONS

@petegrizzles--"Solo Quality Control on this Tuesday morning."


@daveyssuitcase--"Mountains of coffee at the Cenfrocafe warehouse. #hubcoffeeroasters #specialtycoffee #cafeimports #cenfrocafe #coffee"


@repetitioncoffee "Empty bags at #repetitioncoffee means #lfk can't get enough #Chiapas espresso - pulling it right @thebourgeoispig ! #cafeimports #coffeelife"


@river_vili--"COFFEE SUPERSTARS"


@huckleberryroasters--"A couple years ago, buying one full bag of coffee was a lot... now we're buying pallets!"

 Thanks for sharing everyone. Keep them coming next year, tag @cafeimports on instagram in the photo, and this blog could include you!