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January 2017 Archives

New Cafe Imports Education page: "How We Cup"

 It is with great pleasure that we announce our "How We Cup" installment of the Cafe Imports Education program is officially live!

A thorough instructional video along with detailed step-by-step instructions can be found right here: 

This video/write-up is an installment of our Cafe Imports Education programming where we aim to provide top-notch specialty coffee education as a free resource on our webpage. 

It should be noted that this video is how "we" cup, which is slightly different than some of the set standards in our industry. So not only is this an educational video, but it serves as a transparent view of our sensory analysis practices, and should lend for some interesting conversation! Our Director of Education Joe Marrocco has highlighted these differences in the detailed step-by-step instructions that accompany the video. 

This project was a distant sequel to our How to Sample Roast video and webpage that we released over a year ago, and should hopefully be the first of many installments that we release on our Cafe Imports Education page this year!

Please enjoy!

--The CI team






Now Hiring: Salesperson - Café Imports Europe

Cafe Imports Europe is seeking to hire a new member of the Sales team for our Berlin Office!


This role focuses strongly on prospecting and building new partnerships throughout Europe, while continuously maintaining current customer accounts by providing support and development for all aspects of their specialty green coffee needs.


Account management of current and forward coffee needs requires this candidate be highly detailed and systems oriented.  Strong and effective communication is a must in our fast paced and dynamic industry.


The position involves work with multiple currencies, hedging, and the coffee "C" market on a daily basis. A strong aptitude for numbers is extremely important.


In addition, the ideal candidate is responsible for coordinating and leading multiple trips to coffee producing countries annually. Comfortability with international travel and an openness to new cultures/ways of life is a must. Attendance and involvement at multiple European based coffee events is also required.


Green coffee sales is far more involved than most other sales jobs. It takes someone with an exceptional palate, passion for specialty coffee and knack for working with a broad and diverse group of people. The right candidate will embody Cafe Imports' strong emphasis on a meaningful customer experience through compassion, empathy and education.  This person will also work closely with the US office to ensure reporting standards are maintained in Europe.


In order to continually innovate and grow in our ever-changing and exciting industry we place a large value on Café Imports involvement at all different levels of the industry. The Sales team member will wear many different hats. The right candidate is constantly looking at how to improve systems and procedures to better reach our current and new customers.



Previous experience in Specialty Coffee sales, account management, or sales in a related industry.

An ability to demonstrate a proficiency working with numbers (currencies and "C" market).

Willingness to live in Berlin, Germany and travel multiple times a year. German proficiency is not required, but is a plus.


How to apply:

Send your resume and a brief cover letter to We look forward to hearing from you!

An in-depth job description will be provided to applicants upon request.


New "Regional Select" Program Offering: Nariño

Café Imports is pleased to announce the arrival of a new member to our Colombian "Regional Select" program: Nariño.
As always, we believe our Regional Select program allows for the unique flavors and complexities of specific coffee-producing areas to be individually highlighted. This terroir-focused approach celebrates producers in each region; their varieties, their histories and farming practices, while at the same time rewarding them for their efforts through a program that pays higher prices for quality coffees.

Regional Select: Nariño

While each of Colombia's various coffee-growing regions has a distinct character in the cup, Nariño's unique climate conditions contribute to the special, sparkling quality of the coffees there. The dramatic slopes and valleys that comprise the landscape in this department have direct effect on the temperature modulation that creates these high-acidity, supersweet coffees: Warm, humid air collects in the lowlands during the day and creeps gently up the mountainsides at night, a combination that allows coffee to thrive at much higher altitudes than most of the rest of the country, as much as 2,300 meters above sea level.