As a company we are committed to being as open and transparent as possible about the way we do business and who we do business with.
We are a small, micro-roasting company who seeks out the highest quality coffee to roast and serve. We work with importers, who value transparency as much as we do, to find producers who demonstrate an interest in quality and sustainability.
Buying from smaller producers is an important priority for us as we want to have a clear understanding of the supply chain we are participating in, as well as uphold our desire and commitment to clearly pass that information on to you.
Important information for us to share with you,
Producer or group of producers. Who grew the coffee?
Length of relationship with producer. Is this a producer we have been working with year-after-year? If so, why? And for how long?
Price that the producer received for their coffee. This is referred to as "farmgate" and is generally listed in the local currency (which we will convert to USD as accurately as possible).
FOB price. The price of the coffee after it has been milled and is at the port for export.
Cost of production. How much it cost to produce a lb. or kilo of coffee (which can be difficult information to obtain but something we will try and find whenever possible).
OUR BUYING PROCESS
How do we purchase coffee?
Each harvest we receive numerous pre-shipment samples from our importing and exporting partners which are samples of the best coffees from that harvest. We analyze the green coffee, roast small 50-gram samples, and cup the coffees to assess the quality and to determine if its a coffee that excites us. Most of our coffees are purchased while the coffee is still at origin but we do also buy a number of spot coffees.
What do we consider when purchasing?
When purchasing we consider the quality and the traceability of the coffee. Is it from a single producer or group of producers? Where exactly does this coffee come from?
We consider the size of the producer's farm, as we are most interested in working with smaller producers who we can have the greatest impact and growth with.
We take a look at the varieties grown on the farm, the elevation of the farm, farm practices, as well as if we have worked with this producer before.
Other items we consider: How will the coffee fit into our menu? Are we able to find out the farm gate price of the coffee? What about cost of production?
Antonio Ramirez (pictured above) is a coffee producer from Selguapa, Honduras. We have purchased from him every year since we started ILSE in 2019. He is considered the father of coffee in his region, being one of the first to grow commercially in that area, and we are consistently happy with his coffee which has become a true staple on our menu.