Progress: Development

Coffee itself is a long-term investment for a farmer: It can take up to five years for a new coffee plant to bear fruit, and it can take most of a lifetime to learn how best to care for those plants, and how to tend to the fruit and seeds they produce. At Café Imports, we believe that these investments are best made in partnership, and that by learning and growing together with our producing partners and customers, and by digging in and making long-term investments with them as a buyer for their coffees, we have the potential not only to find, but in many cases to help develop the finest coffees in the world.

Our goal is to be able to identify potential in coffees and in coffee growers, to pay the right price to ensure that quality is rewarded and sustained—and, in many cases, improved. That also means that the investment needs to be more than simply an exchange of money for goods: It’s an exchange of ideas, of trust, of resources, and of understanding. We are proud of the quality incentives, educational initiatives, and health and financial projects we’ve been able to back with our producing partners, and we look forward to tasting the fruits of all of this collaborative labor for many years to come.

BEST CUP COMPETITIONS
The Best Cup competitions are designed not only to showcase the beautiful range of diverse cup profiles and characteristics within Colombia's many growing regions, but also to highlight individual producers within those regions.

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CESMACH COFFEE NURSERY
The CESMACH Co-op is fighting against Roya, this year, planting 700,000 trees in the surrounding coffee producing communities of Sierra Madre de Chiapas from a nursery we've had the pleasure to be involved with.

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CHANIA & ORETI ESTATE
High-quality coffee from a single producer is virtually unheard of in Kenya, but through a long relationship with innovative coffee producer Boyce Harries, we are able to offer selectively picked and processed coffees from these two family-owned...

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ETHIOPIAN FARMER SPECIFIC COFFEES
By partnering with organizations like the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU), Café Imports has been able to offer microlots of coffee with complete traceability, right down to the farmer and his family.

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JAMAICA COFFEE FARMERS ASSOCIATION
In 2014, CI's Andrew Miller met & struck up a relationship with a member of the JCFA, a group of about 250 Jamaican coffee farmers who are trying to build an independent means of processing & selling their coffee.

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JUAN TAMA
Juan Tama is a group of indigenous people within the region of Tierradentro who had been growing coffee organically for generations, and had the ability to separate coffee into producer-specific lots.

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LO MEJOR DE MEXICO
Lo Mejor de Mexico is a competition we started in Jaltenango, Chiapas. We've invited producers to submit their coffees for cupping, scoring, and a live auction with an aim to help develop quality.

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MILLION PESOS PROGRAM
The 1 million pesos program is something we created with our export partner Banexport in Colombia, offering 1 million pesos per carga (125kg) to any producer whose coffee scores above 90 points.

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VARIETY SELECT PROJECT
Our love of variety among varieties inspired us to launch a small program called Variety Select, where we work with certain of our producing partners to keep their varieties separate, so we can offer variety-specific lots from around the globe.

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YEMEN RED HARAAZ
Café Imports’s Yemen Haraaz Red Marqaha is a special preparation natural: The coffee is bought as ripe cherry from growers, and dried on raised beds rather than branches and the traditional rooftop tarps. 

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