Working with Us


Buying “spot” coffee means taking coffee that we currently have in our warehouse. For a list of current availability, please check the coffee offerings section of the website. (You can also see future offerings by clicking on AFLOAT to see all coffees on the water en route to us, or OPEN to see all coffees contracted but not yet shipped.)

Sort by country, certification, processing type, or even by flavor profile. We have worked hard to make an offerings page that fits the ways our customers buy coffee. If you have feedback, please let us know how we can make it better.

Purchasing coffees in full-pallet increments ensures the best value in shipping. See our shipping page for more information.


Contracting coffee with us is easy, and can serve several purposes.

Customers may build contracts to secure a supply of coffees that are already available in our warehouse. This allows a roaster to guarantee that a certain amount of coffee is available in their position to be released as needed, and also saves space in the roastery by utilizing our warehouse for storage.

Customers may also purchase forward contracts, which allows a roaster to secure a supply of coffee that has not yet shipped from the growing country, or even before the harvest has begun. Forward contracts can be written on basis of pre-ship or arrival samples, or they can be price-fixed to secure an advantageous market rate.

We have a variety of contracting and hedging tools for your use and benefit, and we are happy to help you find the purchasing strategy that makes the most sense for you and your business. Feel free to contact us via e-mail at with any questions about the various contract options that exist.


Sampling is free and we encourage you to take advantage of the option in order to calibrate with your sales representative, so we can better understand the types of coffees you are searching for. We provide 1lb samples of green coffee.


Payment for new customers is in advance of coffee release, and can be completed with cash, check, cashier’s checks, credit cards, electronic fund transfer, or wire transfer. After establishing an order history (minimum of 3 completed orders), Cafe Imports may extend terms of net 30 days, based on your credit history, your specific needs, and our discretion. A finance charge of 1.5% per month will be applied to all delinquent accounts.

There is no minimum purchase. We pride ourselves on being able to serve roasters of all sizes, needs, and styles.


Pricing is not published on our website, due to daily market-based changes and differing pricing structures for spot and contracted orders. For current pricing, please e-mail


We are pleased to offer our customers the opportunity to opt in to the World Coffee Research check-off fund. Participating roasters will be charged an extra 1/2 cent per pound of coffee purchased through Cafe Imports, who will remit the funds on a quarterly basis to the WCR. Read more and register to participate at our World Coffee Research check-off fund page.

Please note: Cafe Imports is a wholesale business and therefore is not permitted to sell coffee to the general public. Thank you for understanding.