It doesn’t always have to be about coffee, you know. People who love great coffee tend to share other interests, as well, we’ve found, be it music tastes, favorite books, and even games we love.
The team at Café Imports, for example, loves soccer, which happens to be the very most popular game in Latin America. So they’re likely to kick a ball around when they travel to origin.
But Café Imports’ Noah Namowicz took it a few giant steps further this past weekend when he and some coffee buyer pals from Colectivo Coffee (Milwaukee, Wisc.), Castle Coffee (Santa Barbara, Calif.), and Code Black Coffee (Melbourne, Australia), were in Costa Rica: knowing that Café Imports producing partners the Aguilera brothers had a regulation-size soccer field, Noah organized an all-out tournament that included a whole bunch of different coffee producers from Costa Rica, buyers from roasting companies in the United States and Australia, and Café Imports folks.
“We held a soccer tournament gathering together some of the major growing regions and top producers within those regions at the Aguilera brothers’ regulation-size field they literally carved out of the side of the hills on their property,” Noah tells us.
Teams included Rio Jorco Micromill, Aguila Bros Micromill, Tarrazu, and West/Central Valley. Scott and Nathan of Colectivo Coffee, Joe Tynan of Code Black Coffee, and Todd Stewart of Castle Coffee Roasters (The French Press), also donned jerseys and hit the field.
“While the game was exhilarating and great fun, I couldn’t help but be drawn to the small conversations and tours between the Aguilera Bros and the other visiting producers,” says Noah. “I was swept away by a flood of questions about technique, machinery, varieties, processes, theory from one producer to another in this setting. We were told that a “meeting of the minds” on this scale is extremely rare. Imagine if all the top chefs in the world all met for a BBQ and pickup game of baseball; the things that would be talked about, and the knowledge that would be passed around. That is how I felt this soccer tournament was. What a special thing to be a part of.”
In the end, the Aguilera Bros won on their home field.