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Our sourcing trips are for coffee buyers and roasters who are interested in making or maintaining buying relationships in certain coffee-growing areas or with particular producing partners, through connections and introductions facilitated by Cafe Imports.

These trips are led by our green-coffee-buying team and a “CME” (Country Matter Expert) from our sales team, with additional support from our customer-service department. They occur as a part of our regular development and purchasing cycle throughout the year: Roasters and green-coffee buyers are invited to accompany us as we make our own purchasing plans, and to use the opportunity to work closely with Cafe Imports and with our producer partners.  

Attendees on our sourcing trips not only have the opportunity to secure some of the world’s finest coffees before they leave the country of production, but also to experience first-hand the implementation of our stratified coffee-buying models, and to explore coffee quality and development through cupping and calibration. These trips facilitate the creation and maintenance of relationships between coffee buyers and producers directly, and can lead to long-term commitments that open worlds of possibility.

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While some basic knowledge of coffee production and buying is helpful for these trips, it is not necessary to have vast experience traveling to coffee-growing areas or negotiating forward contracts in order to join us.

Space for on our coffee buying trips is limited, especially depending on location and trip itinerary; contact our team to reserve your spot on our upcoming sourcing-focused Resource trips.

Upcoming Sourcing Trips

Kenya: February 4–10

Sourcing trips make up the bulk of our travel every year, as we spend several days in cupping labs, visiting farms, and speaking directly with producers and exporters about the year’s harvest and what is available for purchase. Our focus in Kenya will be cupping with our export partners, as well as conducting farm and factory visits, including time with Boyce Harries on his family’s Chania and Oreti Estates.

Extensive cupping and sourcing experience is not required to attend, but please be advised that Sourcing trips are designed around roasters’ intent to identify and pre-book coffees for their upcoming menus.

Trip Leaders: Joe MarroccoCharlotte Horton, and Claudia Bellinzoni

Mexico and Guatemala: February 26–March 2

Sourcing trips make up the bulk of our travel every year, as we spend several days in cupping labs, visiting farms, and speaking directly with producers and exporters about the year’s harvest and what is available for purchase. Our focus in Mexico will be on the Chiapas region, where we will visit with our partners at CESMACH (including their Women Coffee Producer group) as well as with some of the FTO-certified co-ops from which we source year after year; in Guatemala we will be spending the bulk of our time in the Huehuetenango region, where we work with several first- and second-level cooperatives as well as the Women Coffee Producers of ADIESTO, a member of ASDECAFE.

Extensive cupping and sourcing experience is not required to attend, but please be advised that Sourcing trips are designed around roasters’ intent to identify and pre-book coffees for their upcoming menus.

Trip Leaders: Omar Herrera and Piero Cristiani

Costa Rica: March 5–9

Sourcing trips make up the bulk of our travel every year, as we spend several days in cupping labs, visiting farms, and speaking directly with producers and exporters about the year’s harvest and what is available for purchase. Our focus in Costa Rica will primarily be with our micromill partners, cupping through new lots from the current harvest.

Extensive cupping and sourcing experience is not required to attend, but please be advised that Sourcing trips are designed around roasters’ intent to identify and pre-book coffees for their upcoming menus.

Trip Leaders: Simone KönigKimiyo Heider and Luis Arocha

Costa Rica: March 19–23

Sourcing trips make up the bulk of our travel every year, as we spend several days in cupping labs, visiting farms, and speaking directly with producers and exporters about the year’s harvest and what is available for purchase. Our focus in Costa Rica will primarily be with our micromill partners, cupping through new lots from the current harvest.

Extensive cupping and sourcing experience is not required to attend, but please be advised that Sourcing trips are designed around roasters’ intent to identify and pre-book coffees for their upcoming menus.

Trip Leaders: Matt BrownDan Jensen, and Luis Arocha