Our favorite tagged photos of 2015

The interconnectivety social media has granted modern day coffee creatives absolutely flabbergasts us. We are delighted on a daily basis to open up our instagram and discover ourselves tagged in photos, making us proclaim things like:  “Zaaaam, that coffee made it all the way to Alaska! Coffee really connects the whole gall dang world doesnt […]

The Legendary Coffee Producer Tour

In 2010, we approached the SCAA with a proposal to bring the U.S. regional champion baristas to visit a coffee-producing country. This was a new idea–connecting some of the most passionate coffee professionals with the producers who grow the thing they work with every day. This proposal was the beginning of what is now known as […]

Watch the Cropster Demo Live Stream with Norbert Niederhauser

Last night, Cropster CEO Norbert Niederhauser visited Café Imports for an in-depth demonstration of his software. This live streamed event included two roast demonstrations, a thorough presentation on the Cropster framework, as well as a Q&A. Thank you to everyone who tuned in online and submitted questions, thank you to everyone who made it over […]

Meister goes to Ecuador

Nestled between two coffee giants, Colombia and Peru, Ecuador is a small country with a lot of coffee potential: Fantastic elevation, good varieties, and lush farmland should put this Equator-straddling South American nation at the top of everyone’s origin lists, but this is one case in which size actually might matter. The relatively limited scope […]

Join us for an evening with Cropster Wednesday 10/28

Join us for an evening with Cropster CEO Norbert Niederhauser on Wednesday October 28th, 6:30p at Cafe Imports Headquarters, Minneapolis. There will be a Q&A with Norbert, a roasting demo, food, high fives, friendship, and much much more! In addition we plan to live feed the Q&A/roasting demo, so stay tuned to our social media […]

Coffee Fest Portland!: Come to “Stump the Roaster” 10/21

Go to Facebook invite HERE. Café Imports and Roast Magazine invite YOU, the evening of Wednesday October 21st during Coffee Fest Portland, to an in-depth conversation about roasting.  Emceed by Roaster Joe (Joe Marrocco) of Café Imports With a powerful round table of guests Guests: Paul Thornton, Director of Coffee/Roastmaster @ Farmer Brothers / Coffee […]

Cauca Best Cup 2015

A Smattering of the top 12 Cauca Best Cup lots will be available in our offerings along with the #13-#30 lots. All coffees are scheduled to ship out of Colombia this week! Until then enjoy this play-by-play from the event by Café Imports Europe’s Gabe Dunn: “Súbale! Súbale! Súbale!” The hoard of mildly intoxicated spectators […]

Farmer Specific Ethiopian Offerings are here!

Due to regulations related to the ECX, coffees with traceability coming out of Ethiopia are an extreme rarity. Through organizations like the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Union, we are proud to work with independent Ethiopian farmers to bring traceable coffees to our Ethiopian offerings since 2011.  These coffees just landed at our U.S. Warehouse (click for […]

Introducing: Hacienda Cincinnati

We have a new coffee coming from a unique growing region in the North of Colombia called Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. This territory is an isolated mountain range separated from the coffeelands of Huila, Nariño, Cauca, etc. that stretch through the Andes from the North to the South of the country.The Sierra Nevada encompasses […]

From the Source: Piero & Lucho talk El Sal & Guat

During the tail end of this past harvest season in Guatemala and El Salvador, Café Imports media pro, Andy Reiland, had the pleasure of sitting down and interviewing CI’s coffee traveler, Luis Arocha, and green buyer, Piero Cristiani, in their respective birthplace countries. Get to know our green team as they talk about what you can […]

CESMACH Women Producers

In 2011, Café Imports green buyer Piero Cristiani was sourcing in Mexico with our producer partners at CESMACH and saw that there were a considerable number of women producers dropping coffee off for processing. On the heels of our women’s producer program in Guatemala with CODECH, Piero presented the program to CESMACH, wherein coffee from […]

Announcing the Legendary PNW Cupping Tour!

This August 1st-6th: Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Vancouver — we are headed your way to taste some of our delicious fresh-crop coffees!    RSVP: sales@cafeimports.com  Saturday August 1st @ 6PM: Coeur d ‘Alene, Idaho: DOMA COFFEE ROASTERS. 6240 E. Seltice Way, Unit A, Post Falls, ID 83854 Monday August 3rd @ 2PM Portland, Oregon: PORTLAND ROASTING. 340 SE 7th Ave. Portland, OR […]

The 2015 Costa Lineup!

Our 2015 Costa offerings are here! Top row (left to right): La Joya, Community Coffees, Don Pepe, Don Sabino, La Candelilla Estate. Bottom row (left to right): Café Vida, Las Lajas, Aguilera Bros, Rio Jorco, Undecaf, La Perla del Café. Check our current offerings for what’s available. Check out this new photo album of all our favorite […]

From the Source: YCFCU Konga — Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia

The YCFCU (Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union) was organized in 2002 in an effort to establish stability amidst fluctuating coffee prices. Recognized under the national labor union, the YCFCU represents 43,794 farmers over 6 districts including Yirgacheffe, Gedeb, Wanago, Dilla Zuria, Bule, and Kochere. Check for YCFCU coffees scheduled for arrival to our US warehouse now!

Lo Mejor de Mexico 2015

Xalapa, Mexico – Capital of Veracruz, namesake of the beloved jalapeño pepper, and home to the 2015 Lo Mejor de Mexico competition. Once a thriving but rural community of coffee farmers, Xalapa has grown to be the second-largest city in its state, and now holds as the seat of many government and university operations. Despite the radical […]

Regional Select: Mexico

For about five years, we have been trying hard to find the real coffee gems and top producers in Mexico’s vast countryside and varied regions. In a country which has historically produced more standard coffees, we felt that somewhere in the mix of 5 million bags existed great coffees that were just getting blended together, […]

From the Source: Ethiopia, the Origin of Origins

Full containers of fresh crop Ethiopian offerings have started to breach our warehouse doors!: current US Ethiopian offerings, current EU Ethiopian offerings, current AU Ethiopian offerings With much anticipation, we are excited to share with you some closer looks at where these containers started their journey. Please enjoy these slice-of-life “From the Source” video renditions from our […]

Introducing “Cafe Imports: From the Source”

There is a unique understanding in the specialty–coffee world that the people and places that foster coffee production are essential to the quality passed along to the cup. Responsible roasters and baristas strive to show respect to their products by getting to know them better.  The most passionate coffee professionals emit this value through taking an informed […]

Community Coffees of Costa Rica

A few years ago we started a program with a number of coffee farmers in the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica and the Co-op they belonged to called Coopetarrazu. This is a program that blossomed out of our efforts to know where specific coffees come from, to know the people that are growing them and […]

Welcome to our new Website!

We are proud to announce this milestone project that we’ve been working on – a new website that we feel truly encompasses the culture and driving principles of our company.  Our internet vehicle for providing you the world’s finest specialty coffees is more equipped than ever before!  (Just in time for SCAA – as if […]