Together, we share the responsibility of great coffee.
We’re passionate about handcrafting authentic specialty coffee. To deliver it, the bar needs to be set exceptionally high at every step—from selecting the beans, to roasting, to packaging for freshness, to presentation and brewing. Every process and detail of our business is designed to deliver the best quality coffee to your customers. From our state-of-the art roastery all the way to creating custom training modules for your baristas, our mission is to get the best cup of coffee into the hands of as many of your customers as we can. The process starts at origin, and ends at great beverage execution at your store. Together, we can do this!
The world’s best arabica beans only grow where climate, altitude, soil, and shade all come together in perfect balance. While the exact equation varies across each growing region, meticulous harvesting and processing are the common threads that run throughout all great coffees. It’s thanks to the dedication and hard work of the farmer, the processor, and the exporter (not to mention a little luck with the weather) that each of our suppliers ensure the coffee’s rich and unique flavor stays intact.
With nearly 40 years of experience buying and industry relationships, Paul Thornton leads our green buying team. They source coffees from all regions, specifically designed for the range of product offerings our private brand clients demand. Coffee are purchased on the differential based model, or with outright pricing. And through our deep relationships at origin, we have begun programs such as buying Cup of Excellence® coffees at auction, and direct trade sourcing, allowing us—and our customers—opportunities to benefit from a long-standing and respected presence in the market. Roastmaster Paul Thornton and buyer Chris Wade discuss setting up Project Direct Peru.
Cup of Excellence®
The Cup of Excellence® (COE) is a rigorous competition that determines the very best coffee produced in select countries for that particular year. There are currently nine countries that participate, with more countries competing each year. The final winners are brought to market via a highly anticipated international auction of the top 10-20 coffees. COE-winning coffees are coveted in the industry and command the highest prices paid for coffee anywhere. Contact us to learn how your brand can take the undisputed lead in quality and innovation in coffee.
Here at Coffee Bean International, roasting coffee is still an art form. And we know that customers can taste and appreciate the artisan difference. We roast exclusively in small batch, gas-fired drum roasters and then air-cool our coffee to maximize freshness. All of this is led by our Roastmaster Paul Thornton, member of the Statistics and Standards Committee of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and one of the first certified Q-graders in the U.S. He also oversees a 7-year apprenticeship program for all of his roasters, ensuring that the roasting process remains an art form, and is always at the heart of what we do.
Versatility, the small batch way.
Small batch specialty coffee that easily scales with your business is what we do. Our new LEED® Silver certified roastery is uniquely designed to facilitate multiple batch sizes and multiple recipes, in parallel, with a consistent focus on coffee freshness and quality assurance. We couldn’t be prouder of our new roastery and how it allows us to create and deliver the best coffee for a wide range of clients. Please see our online tour here, and if you’re in Portland, please come by to see for yourself.
Freshness is not a detail. It’s is top of mind for us every minute of the day. Our new LEED® Silver certified roastery and all of our processes are designed to maximize coffee freshness, because we all know that stale coffee isn’t specialty coffee. Read below to learn the extra steps we take to ensure coffee freshness everyday.
All coffee at Coffee Bean International is purged after just 30 days. Together, we can build a high velocity program that sets the strictest freshness standards in the business.
Simply put, there is no substitute for freshness. All of our coffee, regardless of pack type, is moved through five nitrogen flushes and then packaged with a 1-way structural valve. This allows for minimal oxygen exposure from the time the coffee leaves the roaster, to when it is opened in the customer’s kitchen.
Take a minute to look in a bulk bin or open up a bag of whole bean coffee. See all of those broken beans? Broken beans stale faster and display poorly. When it comes to whole bean coffee, bean integrity is everything. That’s why we installed a Cablevey coffee transport system that gently moves coffee both vertically and horizontally through the production process.
Quality Control & Assurance
We’re a World Class Manufacturing company, with a long list of processes and systems put in place so your coffee program delivers top quality every time, all year round. For a detailed description of our QC and QA systems or to get a reference from an equally discerning customer, just ask!