Skip to content
Cafe Imports: Special Feature

Cafe Imports: Special Feature

Since we received such great feedback on our first special feature, we have done another! This time on Cafe Imports. Another reputable importer of specialty coffee in Australia. 

"[Our mission is] to bring to the global market the highest-quality green coffees in the world by sourcing, developing, and innovating at origin while providing sustainable economic development for small-holder farmers with price premiums, traceability, and long-term partnerships. To consistently exceed customers’ expectations of the specialty-coffee buying experience with exemplary service [And] to spread our passion for great coffee and environmental stewardship through accessible education and example from the farm to the roaster, retailer, and ultimately to the cup. 

[Our values are] to be engaged and foster creativity in a dynamic industry through a focus on exploring every facet of coffee. To be honest, ethical, and respectful, and remain teachable in the ever-changing world of coffee. Increase the quality of life for those involved—from the tree to the cup—through the commerce of coffee. Decrease our negative impact on the earth through responsible and proactive business practices that emphasise environmental sustainability. Share our passion for great coffee through education and example."

These values are why we and so many of our roasters source from cafe imports. They not only source great coffee, but take care of the whole value chain, especially the farmers who are most susceptible to being taken advantage of.

Explore more here

Pictured: Neftaly Fajardo Salazar

Pictured: Hills of Cauca

About the region: Cauca Colombia

Last time we had two coffees from El Salvador. This time we have two coffees from Cauca, Colombia. Cauca is in central-western Colombia, stretching from the Western Cordillera mountain range to the Pacific Ocean. Ocean winds and elevation result in Cauca being one of the coolest regions of the country. The coffee in this area is grown mostly by indigenous or Afro-descendant communities. Geographically, the region has many features including the Popayan Plateau, many rivers, and the central volcanic mountain range. 


"Gran Galope was born after the creation of “Regional Select”, which was our way of highlighting the distinct regional differences we saw coming out of Colombia. We heard from producers that they wanted to sell us more of their coffee, and Gran Galope as a program allows us to buy more and pay more along the larger quality spectrum for high quality coffees from these hardworking men and women in Colombia. 

Gran Galope lots are Excelso grade coffees (15/16 screen size) that have been cupped and evaluated for their "workhorse" versatility. These lots are expected to have a balance of sweetness, fruity effervescence, and a foundation of cocoa and/or toffee. Most Excelso Gran Galope offerings are a blend of coffees from between 10–30 smallholder farmers and are traceable to the region. Gran Galope selections from Huila are cupped and purchased in Pitalito; selections from Cauca are cupped and purchased in Popayán; and Nari?o Gran Galopes are cupped and purchased in both Pasto and La Unión." 

Producer 30 Small Holders in Cauca region

Origin - Cauca, Colombia

Roasted by - Legend Coffee Roasters

Altitude 1400-2000 MASL

Roast Date - 12/10/2023

Variety - Castillo, Caturra, Colombia

Process - Washed

Flavour notes - Nectarine, nougat, walnut

" Neftaly Fajardo Salazar has a farm in Inzá, Cauca, where his farm Finca La Estrella sits on about 3.4 hectares of land. The coffee is picked at full maturation by hand, and the cherries are sorted initially by floating them in a tank and removing the ones that bob to the surface, in a process called "balseo." The coffee is fermented in its intact cherry for 18 hours in a hopper, then depulped and open fermented in a cement-and-ceramic fermentation tank for 36 more hours. The coffee is washed twice and spread in parabolic dryers for 10–18 days." 

Producer  Neftaly Fajardo Salazar

Origin - Cauca, Colombia

Roasted by - Legend Coffee Roasters

Altitude 1870 MASL

Roast Date - 12/10/2023

Variety - Castillo

Process - Honey

Flavour notes - Blackberry, caramelised pineapple, cola



Espresso - 9 bar

Brew ratio - 1:2.3 (dry coffee : espresso liquid)

Temp - 94 Deg C

Time - 25-30 seconds.

*Adjust grind size to achieve the desired time


Espresso - 6 bar

Brew ratio - 1:2.7 (dry coffee : espresso liquid)

Temp - 94 Deg C

Time - 25-30 seconds.

*Adjust grind size to achieve the desired time



Temp - off the boil

Ratio - 1:16 (dry coffee:water)

Bloom - 30 seconds

Flow rate - fast

*Adjust grind size to achieve desired flow rate


Temp - off the boil

Ratio - 1:16 (dry coffee : water)

Bloom - 30 seconds

Brew time - 90 seconds (including bloom)

Press consistently over 15-20 seconds.


Stove top

Ratio - 1 - 8.5 (dry coffee : water)

Older Post
Newer Post

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published

Shopping Cart

Don't forget to add a gift note to your gift subscriptions. :)