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    Looking For Distributors for Colombian Coffee

    I hope I am posting this in the right section if not please let me know...

    I am looking for distributors for my coffee (mariposa azul whole bean coffee in Amazon); the high price that you see is because Amazon fees are quite high in my opinion although I truly consider this EXCELLENT coffee.

    I also can sell the green coffee that I am using for my own brand. It is Excelso UGQ, cultivated at 1750 meters above sea level in the region of Caldas, Colombia. Just for references the price today (6/17) for this coffee would be $ 249,15 usd (154 pounds) EXW Manizales, Caldas.
    I can ship upwards of 1 bulto (154 pounds), anywhere....

    If anyone is interested in trying this coffee, I can give discount coupons for Amazon.

    Again, if this is not posted in the right section please let me know and I will move it to where it belongs.

    I just discovered this forum and I am truly amazed....., congratulations to all !!!
    Last edited by PinkRose; 06-17-2015 at 04:53 PM. Reason: Title edit for clarity

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    although i decided that for the members of this amazing forum i will ship upwards of half a bulto; obviously for lower quantities shipping can be a killer....

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    Hello Mariposas,

    I'm not totally sure what you're looking for.

    Are you looking for distributors for your already packaged, roasted coffee? I see that you are selling it on the Amazon website.

    Are you looking for someone (instead of Amazon) to distribute and sell the roasted coffee for you, or for someone to roast, package, and sell the coffee for you.

    We have a lot of people on this Forum who roast coffee. Maybe a few of them will be interested in getting a sample of your green coffee. I doubt that they'd want to sample the already roasted coffee from Amazon.

    Rose

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    Rose, thanks for your reply.

    Yes, i am selling in Amazon but i am also looking for more traditional ways to distribute my coffee (brick and mortar stores, ethnic food stores, etc....).

    I understand what You are saying about sampling the coffee that is already on Amazon but what i meant to say is that i can supply, to whoever is interested, the same coffee (green) that i use for my own brand; can send samples of this green coffee everywhere, as we speak i am sending to someone in New York and to someone in the UAE.

    Cheers and again, thanks !

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    As you know, this is my coffee brand: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VPMM8I4 . The green coffee that i am offering here is the same coffee that i use for the Mariposa Azul brand.

    On friday i received an interesting quote from a company (Champion Air Cargo - Home) that apparently has a lot of experience with coffee; the minimum that they will accept is 15 bultos (around 2310 pounds) and the price would be $2,38 usd per pound (as of 30/06/2015) DDP Miami.

    Again, this is excellent coffee, if anyone requires samples or even want to come to Colombia to know a little bit more about the farms and people that produce this delicious coffee..., no problem; If you feel you can not handle such quantities i still can ship upwards of 1 bulto via Fedex; the price (as of today) using Fedex would be $4.27 per pound to anywhere in the USA.

    Saludos desde Colombia !!!

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    hello Mariposas.
    how are you?
    this is Alex from Ensoluna. ENSOLUNA
    Can you explain bit more about your company in Colombia?
    Do you own coffee farm? or exporting company?
    are you currently exporting your coffee to different customers around the world?
    also, can you give us more info about your coffee?
    is this from one farm? mix varietals or single origin with one type of varietal?
    what would be the SCAA cupping point?...etc

    with all these information, we can understand better about you and your organization and coffee, so it would be easier to buy or work with you in the future.
    thanks

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    If you contact a list of already established coffee sellers, and see which ones would gladly add you to their list. If you can supply them with a sample, as well as ready to use marketing images, you'll find very few will refuse.
    Last edited by CoffeeOholic; 11-04-2015 at 09:19 AM.

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    Hey Alex, sorry but i was out in a remote area without access to internet.

    First of all, i started this project (more than a company) last year when i was living in Canada, one day i felt like having a cup of good old Colombian coffee and, to my surprise, could't find easily any.... you get the idea, right ?

    I don't own a coffee farm (hopefully in a not so distant future i will), what i do is buy from a small coffee growers cooperative that is near to where i am located (3 hours). The main idea was (and still is) to export coffee roasted here in Colombia but there is so much coffee that i also decided to try and sell green coffee.
    As you probably know most coffee growers are really poor (at least here in Colombia) and even though much of their lives have revolved around coffee, to this day, they don't know what happens to their product after they sell it to the cooperatives (most of these cooperatives are run by the CCGF (Juan Valdez)); what i am trying to say is that, to my knowledge, i am the first customer paying a premium to get the best beans of this particular cooperative, otherwise they will have no other choice than to sell it to the Federation as commodity beans.

    Right now i am only selling on Amazon but i am also negotiating with a couple of possible distributors (roasted coffee).

    The varietals are Caturra and Colombia, sun dried and wet processed; i consider it single origin even though there are several families/growers that group together in this cooperative.

    This coffee was recommended to me by a retired employee of the CCGF, he was the one who took me there the first time and introduced me around...., according to him the SCAA score for this coffee would be between 84 and 88 but i don't have an official document stating this.

    Thanks for your interest Alex, wishing You a happy weekend !!!


    Saludos.
    Last edited by Mariposas; 07-11-2015 at 03:48 PM.

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    CO, if you could elaborate a bit more on what you are saying, i would be forever in your debt.

    Cheers man !!!

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    thank you for a good explanation about your business and operation.
    it sounds quite interesting and exciting.
    I am in similar business in Guatemala, but in my case, we have couple of our own farms (but do not produce enough for our customers) and we work with about 12 farms exclusively to supply green beans to our foreign customers.

    After harvest season is over and when there are no coffee from the farms, we work with cooperatives, coyotes and other exporting companies to sell green coffees in off season.

    it seems like we have bit more experience in this business, so if you have any other specific questions, please let me know.
    I will try to answer you as much as I can.

    that is what this forum is all about. helping others.
    thanks and have a good day.

 

 
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