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  1. #1
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    Coffee Importers - Advise needed !

    Hi all,

    I have been having trouble trying to get information on importing coffee to the US from Africa ............... i don''t know where to start! My wife and I would like to leave our current jobs over the next 1-3 years and get into the coffee business.

    We are interested in delving into a kind of \"intergrated\" approach, I have contacts in Africa who would like to have a \"trusted\" agent who can assist them in importing coffee but where would I start? Who would I sell the coffee to?

    The second business is starting a coffee shop that we hope will develop into a chain, there is a lot of information on this and I believe we will see a consultant as soon as we complete our business plan.

    I understand that running my own business is not just a calculated risk but involves working many hours I am looking forward to that but also getting back a direct ROI.

    Thanks!

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    My understanding for the US is that you must import by the container, which means you better know what you're doing, have cuppers quality checking in the warehouse, etc. i think this would be tough to just jump into - if you're serious I would recommend working for a roaster and learning about the business.
    Cheers,
    Frank

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    Importing Coffee

    Crema123 I do appreciate your advice, every bit of information counts!

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    Good for you Rudge, quite an innovative way to approach the marketing aspect of the coffees you want to deal with.

    You do not need to import a container load, in fact the import quantities are only dictated by the freight rates you would pay for smaller LCL loads.

    PM me I can pass on more details as we too export coffee to the US.

    Cheers, Alun
    Merdeka Coffee (Indonesian Coffee Roasters and relationship coffee specialists) - Antipodean (Coffee - Cafe - Culture)

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    Alun, can you help me as well. I tried to PM you but it said that your box is full and cannot receive new messages. Thank you!

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    Hello "montanosa"

    Welcome to the Coffee Forums website.

    Alun used to be a very active member on the Coffee Forums, but he's a very busy guy and he doesn't visit us as much as he used to. The last time he visited the Forums was in July of this year. It may take a while before you get a response from him.

    Another option would to visit his website his website and contact him that way: Merdeka Coffee

    Rose

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    Thank you Rose for the guidance!

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    You need further research in importing business. But before you venture on importing, you must learned first the coffee business in the USA, especially different roasting plants and their capacity and quantity of coffees they need. It is not good if you trust any agent if you are not acquainted well with coffee business. Also, you can gather some information in some reliable websites that give right information about importing coffee from Africa.

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    I don't see people trying to import oil from anywhere but they all think they can make money importing coffee.... lol

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    It's easy to buy coffee. Selling it, well, that's another story.

 

 
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