In the Heart of Burundi

Deep in the heart of Africa is the tiny country of Burundi and deep in Burundi is Café Imports. We have been trekking to this tiny country located south of Rwanda on Lake Tanganyika since 2006. We have logged seven trips so far and spent about two months total on the ground. We have really […]

THANK YOU El Salvador Coffee Sendback Contributors!

  We just want to say a quick thanks to all of the roasters that donated coffee for the send back to the respective producer of their lot of coffee in El Salvador.  We are so excited that these hardworking farmers get to enjoy some really awesome coffee roasted by you for the holidays.  We are sure they will take great pride […]

El Salvador: Cup of Excellence – VAC-PACKED Boxes

The Cup of Excellence competition has pushed the limits in the quality coffee movement since 1999.  It has played a major role in developing the high-end specialty market and was the tool that connected many farmers to buyers.  Opinions might differ here, but this program was one of the first (if not the first) to […]

Colombia Part 2: BANEXPORT and Granja La Esperanza

By Jamin Haddox Our trip continued to Popayan where we were met with the gracious hospitality of Jairo Ruiz, co-owner of Banexport, a specialty coffee exporter based in Bogota. Jairo gave us a tour of the dry mill where they prepare and export some of the best coffee in Colombia. They employ a large bank […]

VIDEO: Granja La Esperanza, Colombia

This video was taken by Piero of Cafe Imports during his most recent visit to Granja La Esperanza in Colombia.  This video highlights the production of their exquisite Geisha variety.  We have this coffee now, ID3734 and ID3733

VIDEO: Fazenda Sitio Boa Vista – Valdir Fereirra

Here is a video featuring the Brazilian farmer Valdir Fereirra from Fazenda Sitio Boa Vista, just outside of Pocos de Caldas, Brasil.  This video is from our July 2011 trip with the baristas.  Enjoy!  

Rust Fungus in Colombia

In the last 2-3 years we have seen a shortage of Colombian coffee that has contributed to the high Colombian differentials (prices) and also has contributed to the worldwide coffee shortage, being the world’s largest washed coffee producer.  All of the above has also had an impact in the prices of the coffee worldwide (Coffee […]

Coffee Sendback Event to El Salvador!

Cafe Imports is organizing its first ever coffee sendback event to microlot producers in El Salvador. What does that mean? You send us a pound of roasted coffee from one of our partner microlot producers in El Salvador, and we will compile your coffee with other roaster’s coffee and send one huge care package to […]

Los Naranjos 2nd Semester Harvest Visit 2011

  This was my second coffee-origin trip to Colombia.  Colombia is a really big coffee-country and very diverse.  Distances from coffee region to the next are vast.  This means you are on the road for a good part of the trip either by plane or car.  I think this is what makes Colombia so exciting: […]

Noah and Joe talk about BGA Camp and LA Coffee Crawl

Noah:  Hello everyone, Joe and I just got back from BGA Camp-Pull-A-Shot in California.  It was a week full of professional development, fellowship, and making new friends while "glamping" near Santa Barbara, CA.  We had an incredible experience, and it was also just a perfect amount of ridiculous to keep things exciting.  This was my second year at camp.  Joe, […]

COE Rwanda Cupping at Cafe Imports!

This upcoming Tuesday October 25th, we will be hosting a COE Rwanda Cupping at 10AM.  All are invited and encoured to come cup some of the best coffees out of Rwanda this year.  Please RSVP to at least 24 hours in advance if you plan on attending!

Are You Going to BGA Camp Pull-A-Shot Next Week?

If you are headed to BGA Camp Pull-A-Shot next week look out for Cafe Imports team members Noah Namowicz and Joe Marrocco.  Noah will be teaching a Seed to Cup class as part of level 2 BGA certification, and Joe will be there as a Chapter Rep.  If you are headed down, shoot Noah or […]

Joe Marrocco and Gabe Dunn Join the Café Imports Team

Café Imports is proud to announce that we have two new outstanding people joining our team.  Joe Marrocco, formerly of Kaldi’s Coffee, will be coming onboard as a Sales Associate.  Joe’s extensive background in training, customer support, barista skills, and sweet facial hair make him an invaluable part of our team moving forward.  Joe brings […]

SCAA Leadership Summit Guest Barista Shifts

This past weekend in Portland, Noah and the rest of the BGA Executive council strapped on their aprons and got behind the bar at some of Portland’s best coffee shops.  The BGA Executive council was in Portland for the annual Leadership Summit.  The point of events like this is to get creative like minds together to help plan the future […]

Who is Excited for Brazil Microlots?

We are! We are! Here is a video from Fazenda Cafundo in Piata Brazil.  These coffees are being cupped now and microlot containers are being assembled.  We are crossing our fingers to have microlots in November and new Yellow Bourbons as well around that time.

Coocentral’s Concurso de Taza

On my trip to Colombia this summer, I was lucky enough to be invited as a judge for a Concurso de Taza or Cup Contest hosted by Coocentral Coop in Garzón, Huila. A small panel including myself and two lovely Aussies joined the coop’s head cupper, José Jadir Losada, in cupping our way through 30 coffees […]

Juan Tama: Kogi & Cabildo Training in Colombia

  Andrew, Jamin and I went down to Colombia to visit the Kogi and other Cabildos who export through Juan Tama. We have been working with them for about a year now and have found a lot of potential in the quality along with a really cool story behind it. We were picked up at the […]

Coffee Bags Save the Crops from Frost

Minneapolis had its first frost last night of 2011, September 14th, YES SEPTEMBER 14th…grrr…. Trust me, we are just as bummed as you may be reading that.  However, do you know who is not bummed?  ….The wonderful people at Urban Farming, thats who! They take all of our left over coffee bags (thousands from us in […]

Jason Long in “Coffee Story Ethiopia”

Cafe Imports’ very own Jason Long has a story featured in the popular book floating around right now "Coffee Story: Ethiopia" written by Majka Burhardt and supported by Ninety Plus.  Jason’s story is on page 52 and is titled "Ethiopian Universe".  Check it out!  Books can be purchased HERE  

Sally’s New Photo Album from Colombia

Are you guys as excited about Colombian Fly Crop coffees as we are??  Looking at this photo album from Sally’s most recent trip to Colombia gets us pretty pumped up for new coffees rolling in this fall.  View the Photo Album HERE