Introducing Tolima to our Colombian “Regional Select” offerings

We are excited to be offering a new Colombian coffee region, recently arriving to our Regional Select program coffees for the very first time: Tolima. Tolima is the third largest coffee producing region of Colombia and accounts for 12% of the country’s annual production. Located in west-central Colombia, this region is fully inscribed by the […]

“Partly Sunny Party” the 2017 Cafe Imports Expo Party Announced

We are very excited to be throwing a party once again for all the beautiful people of the specialty-coffee community. Join us along with our co-sponsors Barista Magazine and Roast Magazine for a night of majesty, a.k.a. Friday night of the Global Specialty Coffee Expo. Friday, April 21, 6-10pm at the Fremont Foundry, 154 N 35th St., Seattle  It is our third […]

“Perfecting the Enemy of the Good” — A New Cupping Score Card by Ian Fretheim

Cafe Imports Director of Sensory Analysis Ian Fretheim has been working on a new Cupping Score Card for some time now. After careful development and refinement, based on years of on-again/off-again brainstorming and months of application, Ian has arrived upon a new form that we are deeming the “Analytic Cupping Score Card” (Figure 1). Cafe […]

Stump the Roaster: Melbourne, Thursday 30 March 7-10pm

YOU are invited to an in-depth conversation about roasting at Cafe Imports Australia, Thursday 30 March, 7-10pm.  Free beer and food will be provided to foster top-notch focus during the evening’s sage-level stage banter! Our panel of guests include: Fay Kamanis of Padre CoffeeAaron Wood of Wood & Co Coffee RoastersPat Connolly of Veneziano CoffeeDamien […]

Our Favorite Tagged Instagram Photos of 2016

Once again, we are so grateful for these tagged photos that we have compiled a list of our favorites from this year and wanted to share them back for the whole world to see!    Here are our top ten favorite tagged Instagram photos from 2016 in no particular order: London, UK @alchemycoffeeroasters –“Cafe Imports […]

Women Coffee Producers Program

In an attempt to recognize and promote the work that women do in growing and producing coffees around the world, we have developed and hope to expand a program that empowers women along the global coffee supply chain by creating equity, empowerment, and access to a wider market. We have been working with women producer […]

Happily announcing our Non-GMO Project Verification

Café Imports is proud to say that our coffees are now certified under the GMO verify project to be a non-GMO food. Like the Non GMO Project, we believe “That the integrity of our diverse genetic inheritance is essential to human and environmental health and ecological harmony.” We also oppose the fact that the easy […]

Standardization, Automations, and This Thing I Did With Water

As you may know, Cafe Imports now has sales offices in the US, Berlin, and Melbourne. One of the distinct challenges posed by this growth is that of maintaining consistency. So much of what we do is based on what we taste. Even if we’re tasting in the same way, how can we ensure that […]

Field Report: Introducing Peruvian Regional Select

A first arrival of the 2016 Peruvian harvest landed this week after great anticipation. Café Imports green buyer Piero Cristiani has been working relentlessly with Peru in recent years, visiting several times per harvest–strengthening relationships, focusing communication, and unlocking the great potential of these Andean coffees. We took a moment during early harvest in Cajamarca […]

The 2016 Costa Rica Lineup

Our efforts in Costa Rica have become quite specialized in recent years, but how could they not? This is a place of opportunity, not only for wonderful coffee, but also opportunity for relationships with the people that make this all worthwhile. The consistent production of high-quality coffees coming out of Costa Rica lends itself to the […]

Dublin!!! CIE x Sprudge WOC/WBC party: Bourbon & Bourbon @ Bourbon

Cafe Imports Europe has teamed up with Sprudge.com to throw an ultimate friday night World of Coffee celebration in Dublin! The ENTIRE world of coffee is invited, and that includes YOU!!!! Party is from 6pm-9pm at the Bourbon room inside the Odeon Bar, located at 57 Old Harcourt Street Railway Station, Harcourt St, Dublin 2. […]

ANNOUNCING: The Legendary Cupping Tour – Carolinas!

ANNOUNCING: The Legendary Cupping Tour – CarolinasThis June 28th – July 1st Café Imports is heading down to the Carolinas to taste some of our favorite fresh-crop coffees with you. RSVP: sales@cafeimports.com Tuesday, June 28th @ 2:00 PM: Charleston, SC KUDU COFFEE & CRAFT BEER 708 King St, Unit C, Charleston, SC 29403 Thursday, June 30th @ […]

El Salvador: Understanding the Progress

Cafe Imports has been buying coffees from Chalatenango in El Salvador since 2007 when Chalate (as we call it locally) was discovered by Cup of Excellence.  These coffees have consistently been taking the top places in Cup of Excellence and other competitions even since. Currently, we are purchasing coffee directly from producers at parchment level and […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]