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.


We are excited to introduce a new section to our webpage: “Purchase Planning.” This section can be accessed at, 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: 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.

Origin Report: Ethiopia

Among coffee-producing countries, Ethiopia holds near-legendary status not only because it’s the “birthplace” of Arabica coffee, but also because it is simply unlike every other place in the coffee world. Unlike the vast majority of coffee-growing countries, the plant was not introduced as a cash crop through colonization. Instead, growing, processing, and drinking coffee is part of the everyday way of life, and has been for centuries, since it was discovered growing wild in the lush southern forests of Sidama.

Origin Report: Kenya

Fresh-crop Kenya season is one of the most thrilling times of year for us, and not only because the coffees are always delicious and dynamic, but also because their arrival is the culmination of complex work behind-the-scenes—work as complex as the coffees themselves.

Stump the Roaster: Berlin, 4th May

Join our European Cafe Imports team for a night of Stumping the Roaster! A focused conversation about roasting coffee, with an extraordinary panel of coffee professionals. The evenings events will talk place Thursday, May the 4th at 7pm at our European office facility: 58 Oranienstrasse, 10969 Berlin. Cafe Imports Europe’s Stuart Ritson will emcee the […]

The Legendary Coffee Tour, Spring 2017

We are pleased to be announcing our Spring 2017 “Legendary Coffee Tour“, hitting a cupping table near you this May! The Legendary Coffee Tour is a travelling coffee education event and celebration presented by our notorious team of Café Imports Sales Reps and Customer Service. In years past, Café Imports has hit the road with […]

Sample Roasting with the Stronghold S7 Pro – A Reflection by Ian Fretheim

  In November of 2015, I made a trip to South Korea to visit a roaster manufacturer called Stronghold Technology. The four-drum sample roasters that we had been using were in need of an upgrade: Digital probing had verified significant variability between the barrels, and Cafe Imports was expanding its operations such that our remote […]

Origin Report: Costa Rica

Ever since we bought our first container of Costa Rican microlots in 2004, we have been nurturing and growing our relationships with producers there, only to see the projects, partnerships, and the coffees themselves blossom in ways we honestly just could not have imagined back then. Our operation is extensive in Costa Rica. At our […]

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 […]