Cascara: Background, Recipes, and More!

Cascara (Coffee Cherry Tea) is one of those quirky products that most people outside of the barista bubble may not be familiar with. Simply put, it is the coffee cherry skin with the slightest bit of fruit dried and clinging to it. There seems to be a revival of this product being used in all […]

A Conspicuous Lack of Selfies: Apologetics and the New Old Coffees of Sumatra.

Non-Linear Coffee Loops I recently re-read a book on nonlinear dynamics as applied to Euro history over roughly the last thousand years. Basic to this approach is that evolutionary changes are not given as necessary, much less as inevitable, much-much less as advancement, improvement or progress. Evolution as change is affirmed, and radically so. What […]

Get Involved! World Coffee Research – Check Off Fund

Cafe Imports is proud to partner with World Coffee Research to allow our customers to opt-in to a program that allows them to donate .005 (one-half cent) per lb of future orders to fund the amazing research being done at WCR. Cafe Imports will then distribute 100% of the funds to WCR.  If you would […]

Cup of Excellence, Central America 2014 Public Cupping Schedule!

The season is opon us once again, and we at Cafe Imports will be hosting several key cupping of some incredible Cup of Excellence auction coffees. The schedule is as follows.  Please RSVP to if you would like to attend any of these!  El Salvador- Friday, June 6th at 9:30 and 11:00am. Honduras- Friday, […]

VIDEOS: Costa Rican Producer Profiles!

In an effort to continue and honor our producer partners and pass along their stories to you, we have began creating video profiles for many of these hardworking men and women. Here are some of our most important partners on the ground in Costa Rica. You will see these popping up in the respective farm’s […]

VIDEO: Finca Nueva Linda, Mexico

Finca Nueva Linda from Cafe Imports on Vimeo. Nueva Linda is a Specialty Coffee Estate located in the Sierra Madre mountains of Southern Mexico in the state of Chiapas. The farm shares a buffer with the Triunfo Biospehere reserve, a tropical cloud forest preserve of some 50,000 acres, which helps to temper a changing climate and provide […]

Public Cuppings Announcement!

CoE season begins again, this year with public cuppings for the 2014 Nicaragua Cup of Excellence.Friday the 23rd May. Coffees grind at 9:30 and 11:00 am.

Love Coffee? Fluent in Spanish? Check this out…

Café Imports is looking for a green coffee scout to travel to origin 6-8 months a year; finding coffees, cupping coffees, maintaining relationships, pre harvest visits, post-harvest visits, collecting coffee information, quality control at origin, you get the picture. Can you cup, can you travel, can you be jet lagged and do the previous two?  […]

Surviving Expo – A First Timer’s Experience at the Main Event

Well guys and gals, we did it!  We survived SCAA Expo 2014.  What a whirlwind.  New products, old friends, new champions and hot tub ribs.  For some of us, this was our first trip to the big event.  I knew that it was going to be massive, but I really had no idea what to […]

Joe Marrocco and Cafe Imports Profiled by the Walker Art Center!

We are proud to announce that Minneapolis’ top destination for contemporary art has profiled Cafe Imports.  The Walker Art Center is also home to the world famous outdoor sculpture garden, which is where the distinctive Cherry on the Spoon calls home.  CLICK HERE to read the full article  From… “The traditional way of importing […]

Celebrating CESMACH and the Amazing Tzetlal Tribe of Tenejapa

This is a two part blog, the first from the perspective of Matt Brown in Sales on CESMACH, and the second of Sam Miller in media on Tenejapa.  Enjoy! I have to admit that our time in Mexico and Guatemala impressed me even more than I thought it would.  You always begin such ventures with […]


This year, we wanted to find a way to honor and highlight the baristas that have chosen to use a coffee sourced in partnership with Cafe Imports at the United States Barista Competition. And thus, #EliteBaristaSquad was born The first member to be announced is the lovely and wonderful Bronwen Serna. Squad Members #2 and […]

Cafe Imports at SCAA – What do we have up our Sleeves?

The Specialty Coffee Association of America’s big event is upon us once again.  This year the show is being held in Seattle April 25th-27th Most of the Café Imports crew will be out at the event, so please come say hi to us.  Our booth number is #13095

The Best of Mexico 2014

We recently held our first ever Mexican cupping competition in the dusty little coffee town of Jaltenango, that sits in a valley of the Sierra Madre mountain range in Chiapas. It was a huge success in that we found 15 lots of exceptional coffee and met a number of quality coffee producers who delivered over […]

FARM SELECT Decaf in the House!

The day is upon us, our very first “Farm Select” decaf lot has landed and is now available for sale.   Brasil Fazenda Rainha Decaf, Yellow Bourbon ID5833 Farm Select Decafs are coffees that are farm specific and sourced intentionally to be highlighted in this program.  With decafs, the equation involving great coffee in, better […]

Video: Don Pepe Micromill

Don Pepe Micromill on Vimeo. Cesar Urena is the owner/operator at the Don Pepe Micromill, located in San Isidro de Leon Cortez, Costa Rica. We visited Cesar’s Micromill during Cafe Imports trip to Costa Rica for the 2014 harvest, what we discovered was a crown jewel in the treasure trove of Costa Rican coffees this year. […]

Good Morning from Cafe Imports!

Good Morning from Cafe Imports! from Noah N on Vimeo. At Cafe Imports, coffee is our life. Here is our proof. -The Cafe Imports Team