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.



September 13, 2018

8 am – 5:00 pm

The September Roaster Sessions will be specifically focused toward coffee people looking to enter the coffee roasting world in this one-day intensive course.

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

8:00 am – 5:00 pm at the OPTCO Office & Training Facility


Presented by – Coffee Holding Company, Sonofresco, and OPTCO


Introduction to green coffee. Chain of custody from seed to cup. Define certifications, varietals, and regions.

Basic cupping. Introduce both cupping terms and cupping protocol. Comparative cupping to demonstrate, aromatics, body, acidity, balance, sweetness using coffees are representative of each of the characteristics. Discuss “why we cup”, quality control, product development, roast profile and other.

Dynamics of roasting. Basic heat exchange and coffee transformation. Introduce roast process and roaster demonstration. Hands-on demonstration. Roast 1 origin 3 different profiles (light, medium, dark) these will be cupped at the end of the day.

Blending basics. Overview of blend concepts, building a blend and espresso blending.

Comparative cupping of profiled coffees. Discuss characteristics and changes in the development of the coffee as it goes thru the different stages of development. Managing chlorogenic acids, Mallaird reaction, first crack, second crack, dry distillation.

Open discussion. Q & A



September 19th – 22nd

Featured Speaker: Brian Nicholas on Thursday, September 20th.

“5 Things You Should Ask Your Importer Before You Buy Green Coffee”


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.