Regional Select: Mexico

For about five years, we have been trying hard to find the real coffee gems and top producers in Mexico’s vast countryside and varied regions. In a country which has historically produced more standard coffees, we felt that somewhere in the mix of 5 million bags existed great coffees that were just getting blended together, […]

From the Source: Ethiopia, the Origin of Origins

Full containers of fresh crop Ethiopian offerings have started to breach our warehouse doors!: current US Ethiopian offerings, current EU Ethiopian offerings, current AU Ethiopian offerings With much anticipation, we are excited to share with you some closer looks at where these containers started their journey. Please enjoy these slice-of-life “From the Source” video renditions from our […]

The Jamaican Coffee Farmers Association

Watch the video above for a full run-down of a program we’ve initiated with a young band of Jamaican coffee farmers called the “Jamaican Coffee Farmers Association” Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is mainly produced by the Wallenford, Mavis Bank, Moy Hall, and Old Tavern Estates. It is consistently the highest priced coffee in the world. […]

Introducing: Variety Select Project

In our usual course of walking around a coffee farm with a producer and talking about his or her coffee; the layout of the farm, the distance between trees, pruning, fertilizing, yield, varieties, life and things like that, we sometimes come across interesting items; like a 75 year old tree in Brazil, a small field […]

Origin Report: Ecuador 2014

  In July, Joe, Piero, Andy, and I had the pleasure of leading the annual Cafe Imports Barista Origin Trip, a prize given to each of the U.S. regional barista champions, the U.S. national champion, and the world champion. These champions might be laid back (or not) and act like hipsters (or not), but behind […]

Origin Report: Sumatra 2014

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

VIDEO: The Grounds of Rio Jorco Micromill, Costa Rica

Unbelievably, there is a full obstacle course outside the Rio Jorco micromill in Costa Rica.  Here is a short video of our break time after a long day of cupping and farm visits.   Keep an eye out for these microlots this year! Rio Jorco Fun on the Grounds from Noah N on Vimeo.

Origin Report: Peru 2013

Coffee came to Peru in the mid 1700s and was most likely introduced by Dutch immigrants.  The Dutch brought the Typica variety which still dominates especially amongst the older farms and micro-farms.  The first coffee plantings were in Chinchao, Huanuco in Selva Central and disseminated from there to the Northern (Cajamarca) and Southern (Cusco and […]

Viva Colombia: Introducing the “Regional Select Project”

We have just completed nearly 6 weeks of cupping Colombian offers from the June-July harvest which comes primarily from the South (see map below) of the country; both Principal harvests and Mitaca (fly) crops and we have some really great coffees coming. These coffees include: A new FTO group from Cauca, some outstanding micro-lots from […]

Origin Report: Sulawesi 2013

  Sulawesi (Celebes), was influenced and controlled by the Netherlands from 1605 until World War II.  In 1669 the Dutch East India Company took control of the trade in Sulawesi.  The Dutch built Fort Rotterdam in Ujung Pandang (now Makassar) in the mid 1600’s and not until 1905 they finally gained control of the whole island becoming part of […]

Video: Rodrigo Silva Producer Profile

 This is a video of Rodrigo Silva, a producer of the group Primaveral in Acevedo Colombia.  We will have an incredible microlot from him later this year that we cupped in Colombia November 2012.  Really amazing stuff.   On a mobile device or want to view full size?  View the video HERE Rodrigo Silva from […]

Rust Fungus in Colombia

In the last 2-3 years we have seen a shortage of Colombian coffee that has contributed to the high Colombian differentials (prices) and also has contributed to the worldwide coffee shortage, being the world’s largest washed coffee producer.  All of the above has also had an impact in the prices of the coffee worldwide (Coffee […]

Origin Report: Mexico 2011

  Chiapas March 2011:  El Triunfo coop CESMACH coop, Union el Triunfo By: Tim Chapdelaine People take back Mexico. The final panel in the extraordinary Diego Rivera Mural in El Palacio Nacional, Ciudad Mexico. The Diego Rivera mural is magnificent. His friendship with Trotsky and choppy marriage to Frida Kahlo fed his art. This piece, of which this photo is […]

Origin Report: Guatemala 2011

 Guatemala Origin Trip This year’s origin trip brought together two Café Imports staff, 16 wonderful guests and one very special little girl. To put it mildly…the experience was outstanding. Anacafé graciously hosted our event and traveled with us every step of the way offering all sorts of insight to the tour sites and Guatemalan culture.    Our […]

Origin Report: Kenya 2011

Amazing!  Another year where the Kenyan coffee situation looks to be worse than the previous record bad year.  The Millers and Marketers association just announced that due to a sharp revision down in supply, auctions would only be held every two weeks.  This is the first time that I’ve heard that auctions would not be a weekly event.  […]

Origin Report: Ecuador 2010

  From October 27th to 29th I was honored to be a part of the “Taza Dorada,” or Golden Cup, in Quito, Ecuador. This competition seeks to identify the best coffees of Ecuador and to show what Ecuador can bring to the specialty coffee market. A group of international and national judges spent two days cupping twenty-six […]