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 […]

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 […]