Complete the chain.
When we visit our producer partners, one of the most common questions they ask is, “How do your customers like my coffee?” While we are sometimes able to cup alongside farmers and mill managers, the majority of growers and producers around the world still have limited access to the equipment and expertise that cupping—and even quality coffee brewing—requires. For this reason, we have made it a common practice to bring coffee with us wherever we go, to share what we like and what we drink at home. Not only is it a small way to repay our partners’ hospitality, but it also helps them know what we are looking for in the coffees that we buy, and why.
Since 2015, we have been able to arrange larger-scale Coffee Send-Backs to our partners in Costa Rica, Brazil, and El Salvador, as well as occasional individual send-backs through our green-coffee buyers. As we continue to build relationships and buy coffees from the same partners year to year—especially microlots, and coffees from within a specific or close-knit community—we are expanding this program, and invite roasters to use this opportunity to connect with the growers and millers in a unique and meaningful way.
At Cafe Imports, we see ourselves as dot connectors, and we want to facilitate these point-to-point and beginning-to-end relationships. When you book a coffee, when you visit a farm with us, and when you buy either a portion or an entire lot from a producer with whom we have a send-back arranged, simply let us know that you would like to return a bag of that producer’s coffee, roasted, to him or her on one of our upcoming trips.