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    Importing coffee into Africa

    Good day all,

    I trust you are all well and healthy,

    I am looking to start an importing business, specifically for coffee at the moment.
    I have acquaintances in Central/South America, that have claimed to find ridiculously good coffee at cheaper than usual rates.
    I would like to import this coffee (either in its bean form, or already brewed) into Africa.

    I would just like to know if any of you have advice for me to begin?
    I understand that I will need certain documentation to begin importing, but I am not looking to import a HUGE amount of coffee.
    I want to first import a small amount, and test the waters here in Africa, so there is no need for me to have a business plan at the moment.

    Thank you for your time!
    Kind regards,
    CoffeeZA

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    When you say already brewed do you mean roasted? Do you have buyers for the coffee you will be bringing in? Are you a roaster? What is the cheaper than usual price?
    "Wine is for aging, not coffee."
    Ken Hutchinson, Starsky and Hutch

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    Hi Topher,

    Thanks for your response,
    From the research that I have done: already roasted coffee will not be an option, as it loses too much of its flavor and aroma, so it will have to be coffee beans.

    I do not have buyers at the moment, neither am I looking to re-distribute amongst large retailers - this is aimed at small businesses in the private sector.

    I am not a roaster, I will enquire on getting the beans locally roasted in Africa.

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    Is micro roasting big in the area you are in? What was the price for the central/south American coffee? If you are bringing in small amounts I am afraid it will be expensive. Keep us posted. I would love to hear how you do.
    "Wine is for aging, not coffee."
    Ken Hutchinson, Starsky and Hutch

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    Hi Topher,
    We are currently looking at green coffee beans at $250US per metric ton.
    Roasting is fairly big in my area, but there is a gap in the market.
    The market is fairly dominated by Columbian, Brazilian and local coffee.

    I will definitely keep you posted.
    My acquaintances in Costa Rica are currently trialing coffee beans from different regions, luckily they are native to where I am, so they understand the palette and taste of us Africans

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoffeeZA View Post
    Hi Topher,
    We are currently looking at green coffee beans at $250US per metric ton.
    I think your pricing is off a bit. That's only 11 a lb. I think spot price is around $1.05 a lb before difs.
    "Wine is for aging, not coffee."
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    Quote Originally Posted by topher View Post
    I think your pricing is off a bit. That's only 11 a lb. I think spot price is around $1.05 a lb before difs.
    What is "difs"? It has a bunch of different meanings, but my search results don't bring up anything related to import/export/shipping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Peaberry View Post
    What is "difs"? It has a bunch of different meanings, but my search results don't bring up anything related to import/export/shipping.
    Differentials is the 'uplift' above spot pricing that an Importer chargers the end buyer. So say C market/spot is $1.00/lb ... they may have a $.50 diff on that coffee so your cost would be $1.50/lb

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    Quote Originally Posted by Musicphan View Post
    Differentials is the 'uplift' above spot pricing that an Importer chargers the end buyer. So say C market/spot is $1.00/lb ... they may have a $.50 diff on that coffee so your cost would be $1.50/lb
    Thanks Musicphan! So there is still the cost shipping and customs...as well as the risk of getting something other that what the samples suggest is being shipped...so Insurance cost must be accounted for as well...oye...how much does that all add to the landed cost per pound?

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    Wow.......all I can say is wow.

    How polite is that Rose ?

 

 
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