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Importing the finest coffees from over 30 countries.

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 Independently owned and operated since 1978.

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From understanding the coffee market and your company’s usage, to green coffee grading and roasting instruction, we’ve got you covered.

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From logistics to our tasting room, our team is here to help you. 

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About Royal Coffee. Green Coffee Importers Since 1978

You know roasting. We know how to select the perfect green coffee beans. At Royal Coffee, our goal is to make the finest green coffee beans accessible to roasting houses around the world.

With over 30 countries of origin, an extensive network of producing partners, and decades of experience in the roasting community, we’re your one-stop shop for purchasing green coffee, education on roasting and brewing, trading support, and logistics.

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Classes & Events

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Tasting Room

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Exclusive to Royal Coffee: Discover Grade Zero Ethiopia

The concept of the Grade Zero initiative is to design a near-perfect rendition of top micro-lots from southern Ethiopia, presenting a better-than-Grade-1 result, hence the Grade “Zero”. Once dried and rested, the parchment coffee is treated to extra sorting steps at the dry mill, including additional passes through the optical sorting machine and slower, more meticulous hand-sorting by the mill’s highly skilled team. These extra steps produce an exceptionally clean coffee.  

Royal started this program with a single washing station in Gedeb, and small volumes—only about 100 bags. These experimental microlots from a few years ago have grown into a steady, annual grade that we pay a premium for, and whose audience is rapidly growing. 

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The Royal Blog

What is Specialty Coffee, Anyway?

What is Specialty Coffee, Anyway?

In most industries, words like “specialty,” “premium,” “top grade” or “gourmet” are often regarded as marketing buzz, while also vaguely designating a degree of quality above what might be commonly available on the bottom shelf of grocery aisle – the existence of...

Hiring: Barista for The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room

Hiring: Barista for The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room

Now Hiring: Barista for The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room Passionate about specialty coffee & service? This is for you! Barista Core Responsibilities  Stellar Customer Service Create and serve drinks to the high standards set by the Tasting Room...

Sustainable Green Coffee Shipping: Efficient Logistics Strategies

Sustainable Green Coffee Shipping: Efficient Logistics Strategies

This is a list of best practices for sustainable green coffee shipping and efficient logistics strategies from the latest episode of Sourced: The Coffee Podcast. Trader Team member Caitlin McCarthy-Garcia and Outbound Shipping Specialist Evan Gilman shared their tips...

What We Offer

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About Us

Although we consider ourselves an all-around resource for the coffee industry these days, we got our start by purchasing and selling a single bag of green coffee and connecting producers with roasters is still the heart of our business. Not sure what you need or where to start? Get in touch—we’re always happy to help.

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Online Classes

Our hybrid classes cover a range of topics, from green coffee sourcing to roasting and brewing. Each class is taught by an industry expert who brings years of training and on-the-job experience to the table.

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Take your skills to the next level with one-on-one instruction from a coffee professional. Our consulting services include personal roasting lessons, bar skills, cup quality, sensory skills training, and more.

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Tasting Room

If you’re in Oakland, we’d be delighted to have you visit our Tasting Room, where you can experience the full spectrum of specialty coffee. Our tasting room is located in the heart of Uptown, alongside some of the biggest names in the Oakland culinary scene.

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Definitions of the most green coffee, roasting, and brewing terms ranging from the plan itself to trading terms geared towards specialty coffee professionals put together by The Crown.