OPTCO, More Than a COFFEE Importer

Since 1990, Organic Products Trading Company has been working directly with small-scale farmers around the world to source high quality green specialty coffee. Our business is built on long-term relationships with Certified Organic and Fair Trade co-operatives as well as conventional farms that focus on improving their communities, their families, and their environment. OPTCO’s mission is to support coffee producers by providing market access, in addition to collaborating on development projects, gender equality initiatives, harvest finance, and quality improvement programs. Join the effort to support coffee communities by sourcing your certified and conventional beans with OPTCO.




October 18, 2018

9 am – 4:30 pm

The October Roaster Session will be an intensive course specifically focused on defining, blending, and roasting espresso.

Cost is $135.00 per person. Each attendee will receive a $50 green coffee credit for future purchases.

9:00 am – 4:30 pm at the OPTCO Office & Training Facility


Presented by – Kathi Zollman of Coffee Holding Company, Sonofresco, and OPTCO


9:00 – 10:00 Defining Espresso. What is Italian espresso? Discussion and samples of espresso components.

10:00 – 11:30 Identifying origins. Discuss coffees for specific flavor contribution to espresso blends. Hands-on with a new way to use Le Nez du Café.

11:30 – 1:00 Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:00 Roasting & Blending Part 1. Overview of roasting goals and the resulting outcome in the espresso blend.

2:00 – 4:00 Roasting & Blending Part 2. Discussion of specific coffee contributions to the overall blend, percentages, how many bean types per blend? Hands-on designing an espresso blend.

4:00 – 4:30 Open discussion – Q&A

Note: Each participant will be asked to bring  ¼ pound of their favorite ROASTED espresso blend component.


Featured Coffee: Honduras

We have amazing Centrals!

Our first Central American coffees to arrive in the warehouses come from Honduras. This is our second year working with the phenomenal cooperative COMSA in Honduras, and we are thrilled with the FTO SMBC Marcala offering this year. The cooperative is located in La Paz and has a multi-faced approach to poverty reduction and sustainable development. COMSA supports a community bank offering loans to community members, a Gender Equality Board, a bilingual international school, and a technical farm program, all while encouraging training, creativity, and sustainability with their fully holistic approach to organic agriculture.

The coffee has a bright acidity with a creamy mouthfeel and mild floral notes. There’s a lingering brown sugar aftertaste, and the coffee is consistent and sweet. Get in touch with us to try it for yourself!

To find out more about the coffee providing a positive impact to our partner group, COMSA cooperative, contact us at sales@optco.com or call 360-573-4433.