Party, Party, Party…

To our valued clients: Cafe Imports’ CoffeeFest party will be held on Saturday, Feb 24th at Ristorante Quartino in Chicago. It’s about a 5minute cabride from Navy Pier. Please join us there from 5:30-8 for some food, drinks, and conversation. See you there!

Office Closed

Our office will be closed in observance of Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 19th. Please plan your orders accordingly. Thanks!


Jamaican is sold out. I’ll post again when we get more.

Jamaican Blue Mtn

Jamaican Blue Mtn coffee Just arrived today. Order in 10# increments… cost is $20/lb. call 800.278.5065 to order yours today. Thanks.

Many bodies out of the office…

Next week (February 12-16), much of our staff will be travelling. If possible, place your orders this week. We apologize in advance for any delays due to absences next week and thank you for your patience. Call 800.278.5065 to place an order. Thanks!

What are we drinking today?

We get many clients who will call and ask ‘What are you drinking today?’. With access to all of these great coffees in our on-site warehouse, what we choose to brew in our office is often something that our roaster clients will want to get their hands on. View image Well, today it’s the Organic/RA […]

What’s in a cup?

This occurred in the cupping room the other day. Granted, it was a much more destinctive smiley before I ran to get the camera…

Kafa Natural Forest Coffee

The Ethiopian Kafa Natural Forest Coffee is landed and is being parked at Continental Terminals. This coffee originates from the birthplace of coffee (said to be near Bench Maji) and comes from plants up to 300 years old! We found this coffee to have fruit and floral-perfumey notes, along with some sweet, almost pina colada-like […]

CoE Brazil Auction news

In yesterday’s CoE Brazil Auction, we were winning bidder on: lot #3 Fazenda Pedra Preta – Guilherme Dias De Castro and lot #16 Fazenda Cachoeira Da Grama – Gabriel De Carvalho Dias. For more info on these farms, please visit the CoE website at The lot #16 is from the same farmer who supplies […]

Closed on Monday, January 15th

We will be closed on Monday, January 15th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Please plan your orders accordingly. Thank you.

Issue with grounds falling during cupping

This was posted on the Roaster’s Guild members board. Thought I’d toss it out here, too, to see if any of you have ideas on this. If you do, please email Emily at Thanks! Hello, all. Hoping that some of you can shed light on a problem we’ve experienced in the cupping lab. We […]

Holy Brasil Cupping!

We’re cupping the CoE Brasils today and tomorrow. We’ll go through all of the samples today and select our top 15 coffees for a re-roast and re-evaluation on Friday. I’ll post our favorites… Emily Okay, update: we cupped all 29 samples and weeded it down to 15, which we’ll recup tomorrow. We’ll be revisiting #s […]

Not processing orders on December 29th

We will be doing inventory on Friday, December 29th and will not be processing orders to ship that day. Please plan accordingly. Thank you. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thanks,

CoE split bag program

CoE coffees in split bags. We have just received the Colombian #8 Hato Viejo and it is ready for sale to you in 25# split bags. Check out our CoE split bag offering list for more information.


WE HAVE JAMAICAN!! WE HAVE JAMAICAN!! WE HAVE JAMAICAN!! We have 200# of Amber Estates Jamaican here.–Only 70# remain (13 December) It’s $20/lb. There is a 25#/client limit on this coffee. Call now! WE HAVE JAMAICAN!! WE HAVE JAMAICAN!! WE HAVE JAMAICAN!!

Clover Demonstration

Clover Demonstrationby Jamin Haddox (the ham in the last picture) This past weekend, Emily and I headed over to Kopplin’s Coffee in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul to taste coffee brewed with the Clover 1s brewing system. The Clover has been a hot topic in the Specialty Coffee Industry since the first prototype […]

Answer: Cameroon

The answer to last week’s contest is Cameroon. We cupped this coffee last week and found it to be both floral and savory at once. It had many of the Yerg-like characteristics, along with a savory, celery-like note that you often find in Kenyans. It was perfumey with hints of rose. A complex coffee. Thanks […]

Guess this mystery coffee and win a prize!

Guess this mystery coffee and win a prize! Take a peek at the photos below. Do you think you know where this long and lean, totally tubular coffee is from? If so, send an email to Emily ( with your guess. If you are correct, we’ll send you a free Cafe Imports beanie. Contest ends […]

We can resack your coffee!

Rebag your coffee? Sure, we can do that. We have the technology in our warehouse to rebag coffees into smaller sacks. We’re using the technology for our current Cup of Excellence split bag program and for another of our clients that requires 50# bags. Several pictures of this process are featured in our photo album […]