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.

Introducing cafeimports.com/purchase-planning

We are excited to introduce a new section to our webpage: “Purchase Planning.” This section can be accessed at cafeimports.com/purchase-planning, 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: Caracol.com 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 […]

“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 […]