Coffee · Import/Export

If I would like to import coffee. What transport would i use?

Rouben Vansteenkiste Founder & Event Manager at Artist Embassy

July 29th, 2015

Some say that transporting over sea increases weight. Transporting in an airplane would reduce the weight. Does anyone has experience with this?



Myriam Kaplan-Pasternak Founder Director at HaitiCoffee.com, Inc.

July 30th, 2015

The issue of weight change is due to humidity and is influenced by many factors; Humidity of the beans to begin with, What they are stored in, how they are stored during delivery. The changes can affect quality, flavor, aging, looks, etc of the beans.
Ideally you will want the beans inspected by someone you trust before shipping.  I recommend using Grainpro bags (plastic bags) inside the burlap sacks if the beans are properly dried ( if humid too high, the beans will mold). This will protect the quality of the beans during shipping and storage and increase shelf life. Air versus sea shipping depends largely on quantity you want to ship, travel time,price and access. Air is much more expensive. Remember that coffee absorbs odors so don't ship it with other spices or products with strong odors.
Good luck,
Myriam Kaplan-Pasternak
HaitiCoffee.com 

Jorge MPA CEO at MSI Universal

July 30th, 2015

Are you trying to import coffee into the U.S.? If you have clients in the U. S. I may be able to propose a business that would create wealth for both you and  me. 

Michael Brill Technology startup exec focused on AI-driven products

July 29th, 2015

Can't say how much humidity impacts weight, but the cost of airfreight is probably 5X that of sea.

Jorge MPA CEO at MSI Universal

July 30th, 2015

Hi Rouben, Thank you for your prompt reply. The reason I got interested in your post is that I'm in the coffee business, importing Gold Medal best quality coffee and exporting To the U. S. My partner also has clients in Italy and Germany. At this very moment, we have 10,000 lbs of prime quality whole bean and grounded Coffee, in the U.S. already. We over ordered and ended up with a surplus. Obviously, we could wait until

Rouben Vansteenkiste Founder & Event Manager at Artist Embassy

July 30th, 2015

Mr. Jorge, thank you for your answer. At this moment I don't export coffee to the U.S. My main customers are based in Poland, Germany, Belgium and France. This question concerns a new coffee I would like to import from Ethiopia. My first steps to import overseas.

Rouben Vansteenkiste Founder & Event Manager at Artist Embassy

July 30th, 2015

Thank you for your anwer, Michael!