GCC Coffee Tour

Cafe Imports is headed to the Gulf Cooperative Council! We will be teaming up with our partners at Nukhbat Al Marabih and Kafa Coffee to present educational coffee events and cuppings in three cities across the GCC.

Mill City Roasters Education Partnership

It is inspiring to serve the global coffee community while also surrounded by such thriving local coffee scenes at each of our offices. For example, just one Paul Bunyan–size hop-skip-and-jump down the road from our North American headquarters in Minneapolis, you will find an oasis of roasting experts at Mill City Roasters.

How We Buy Coffee

Buying the best coffees means buying coffees better: At Cafe Imports, we believe in offering both our roaster customers and our producing partners the squarest deal for every quality of coffee, from the workhorse 80–83 point lots all the way up to the 90+ microlots. Our sourcing philosophy is designed to be a holistic way to meet all of these needs, and we have found an approach that helps us develop stronger relationships at origin, discover better coffees all the time, and offer the right prices to our partners all along the supply chain. Read more about what we call our “stratified” approach to sourcing coffees, and learn how you can fit these offerings and this principle into your green-coffee buying with us, too.

Stump the Roaster PDX – October 12 @ 6pm

Stump the Roaster comes back to beautiful Stumptown for another enlightening evening of shop talk, caffeinated confessions, and candid Q&A. Join us at Buckman Coffee Factory for the fine food, drinks from Rogue Ales, and community.

Cafe Imports Europe Is Hiring: Office Administrator

We are seeking a highly motivated and organized individual to join our Berlin team as an Office Administrator. This position requires attention to detail and an ability work as a team member. Basic accounting experience and fluency in both English and German are necessary. Coffee work experience is a plus, but not required.

COMEPCAFE: Piendamó, Cauca – Colombia

Fair Trade– and organic-certified coffees tend to be harder to come by in Colombia, but the association members of Cooperativa Mutiétnica Y Pluricultural De Pequeños Caficultores Del Cauca (COMEPCAFE) are dedicated to working together and in concert with their environment to bring some of the best certified coffees in Cauca to market.

Now Available: The Cafe Imports World Specialty-Coffee Maps

After several years of development, we are pleased to release the first edition of our World Specialty-Coffee Maps. The individual country maps reflect Cafe Imports’ buying history and sourcing efforts, along with the insight of our partners in specialty-coffee-producing regions worldwide.

Huehue, Don’t Tell Me…

Perhaps it’s ironic to say that there are sleeper coffees, but in this season of flashy fruity cups, limited-release microlots, and big-name arrivals, it’s easy to overlook the quieter fresh-crop coffees that can be versatile and delicious while also being accessible—both in terms of their cup quality and characteristics, as well as their price.

Sugarcane E.A. Decaffeination Process

Sugarcane Ethyl Acetate (E.A.) Decaffeination is a natural process that not only maintains astonishing integrity of green-coffee flavor, but also allows us to offer decaffeinated coffee that follows an integrated vertical supply chain, as the growing, processing, and even the full decaffeination process all happens at the source in Colombia.

Origin Report: El Salvador

“Focus” is the word that defines our coffees from El Salvador this year, and it’s what makes the incoming crop so special and exciting for us. While the country’s overall production is still reeling from a high prevalence of coffee-leaf rust, farmers are combatting lower yields (up to 35% less than last year) with improved processing, more and better variety selection, and a growing commitment to innovation.

Legendary Coffee Tour: United Kingdom

On the heels of our first ever Legendary Coffee Tour in the U.S., our traveling Cupping event/coffee festivity is jumping across the pond!

Café Imports Europe is packing up their traveling cupping kit and headed to the United Kingdom at the end of this month! And if that’s not exciting enough, we are hitting the Alps (Munich, Zurich, and Vienna) on 31 July–3 August.

Introducing cafeimports.com/purchase-planning

We are excited to introduce a new section to our webpage: “Purchase Planning.” This section can be accessed at cafeimports.com/purchase-planning, or under the “Purchasing Info” menu bar option on our homepage. While there is no real formula for how one company or another should approach purchasing coffee, we hope our Purchase Planning page will be a useful resource for roasters, not only to learn what tools and buying assistance Café Imports provides, but also which of those tools will best serve your company’s needs.

Colombian Civil Strike: Buenaventura

UPDATE: For the past two weeks there has been an ongoing civil strike in Colombia’s port city of Buenaventura, a major shipping port for Colombian exports — including coffee. Here are a few links to learn more about this current event: Caracol.com Article Protesters in Colombia’s main port city demand national fund to end blockade

17 June, Berlin: Cupping event with Luiz Paulo of Carmo Coffees

Join us at our European office on 17 June at 3pm for a chance to meet and cup with Luiz Paulo, one of the founders of Carmo Coffees—our longtime exporting partner in Carmo De Minas, Brazil. For more information leading up to the cupping and to R.S.V.P, visit our Facebook event page here.