The second stage is called preparation. When the producer has already milled, cleaned, sorted by size and gravity, selected by colour or by hand for defects, the coffee will be packed in 60 kg bags, usually depending on the origin and the conditions of the contract. When ready for export, pre-shipment samples are sent to us to verify that the quality of the selected coffee is consistent with the quality of the coffee to be exported. All these quality assurance and verification steps delay the process, but are absolutely necessary for the proper functioning of the commercial relationship with the producer and roaster.
The last stage is called export/distribution. Importers are the link between the producer and the roaster and we must be able to establish a constant quality control scenario. Our coffee supply chain is a complex global network, with producers and roasters in multiple countries, where we must observe and comply with a wide range of regulations and standards. We work continuously to ensure quality and regulations compliance at all our coffee origins, focusing on hotspots identified through ongoing sustainability analyses.
Now that you know the coffee logistics process, appreciate and enjoy your coffee!