The World’s Best Specialty Coffee Traders & Importers (Green Coffee)
July 31, 2020
An emerging group of coffee enthusiasts chose to do things differently and developed the specialty coffee industry to get away from the world of commercial commodity coffee.
The specialty coffee industry has been fighting for the last 20-25 years to offer alternatives to the world’s greatest coffee roasters.
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This article will use “specialty coffee traders” to refer to those companies that focus on the high-quality segment (84+), whether it’s “high commercial”, specialty-grade, or micro-lot only.
Large Specialty Coffee Traders
The below companies are the specialty coffee trading division of a large international trading house.
Independent Specialty Coffee Traders And Importers
While not the largest coffee sourcing companies in the world, these companies buy and trade only the best beans available.
Belco is a french roaster and green coffee importer located in Bordeaux. Focuses on medium-range specialty blenders and a few micro-lots.
Falcon Specialty is the specialty arm of Falcon Coffees in the UK, competes in the middle range specialty coffee, more aggressive pricing.
Red Fox Coffee Merchants
Red Fox Coffee Merchants are a North American green coffee sourcing company.
One of the pioneers of the Scandinavian coffee style, Nordic Approach is a high-end specialty coffee importer based in Oslo, focusing on sourcing the absolute best micro-lots and blends with full traceability and price transparency.
Tropiq is Nordic Approach’s Specialty coffee sourcing partner focusing on delivering great service for larger specialty customers who want to buy FOB or over 100 bags.
Mare Terra is a middle range green coffee imported based in Barcelona with good connection to the Central/South American sourcing plus Eastern European destination market.
Almost extinct, Collaborative Coffee Source (CCS) is former Scandinavian green coffee importer focusing on premium coffees with full traceability.
Algrano is a newcomer to the industry with an innovative coffee sourcing model: shared coffee sourcing through an online platform.