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Coastal Coffee Traders LLC

a tailored approach to sourcing specialty green coffee

“Alan is a true coffee professional and a gentleman in business. His extensive knowledge about coffee and his impeccable record as a coffee trader make Alan and Coastal Coffee Traders an extremely valuable resource for coffee roasters who procure specialty coffees from around the world.”

Willem Boot, Founder, Boot Coffee


Learn about us

We represent farmers we work with directly.


Coastal Coffee Traders represents a global network of quality focused farms and producer groups catering to the

Specialty Green Coffee market.

We facilitate long-term supply chain relationships between discerning buyers and some of the finest coffee growers in the world based on quality, trust and transparency. ​

When you buy through us, you are buying directly from the farmers, producer groups and cooperatives we work with.


SHOP Online: Members who have their own Login can purchase coffee online, see pricing and order samples. Become a part of our growing Global Coffee Network.

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If you can’t travel to Origin, work with someone who has. There are very few coffee professionals who have traveled more widely and for as many years, seeking out the finest coffees in the world.


Alan Nietlisbach has been building long-term relationships in the Quality Green Coffee space for over 30 years. If you are interested in being part of a more direct, traceable and equitable supply chain, let’s have a conversation.


We promote a sustainable Cost+ model that connects the specialty roaster with quality focused suppliers around the world and provides a solid foundation for long-term and mutually beneficial relationships.

We provide in depth insights and consulting services for both the origin and the specialty roaster of any size, addressing important challenges such as quality, sourcing, logistics, marketing and risk management.

At Coastal Coffee Traders I aim to provide customized solutions for the entire Specialty Coffee supply chain, including farms, cooperatives, producer groups, exporters, buyers and NGO’s. 


We look forward to helping you develop a tailored strategy, initiate a project or answer questions you may have to develop a long term specialty green coffee plan for your success.


Jinotega, Nueva Segovia & San Marcos

Coffee growing began in Nicaragua in the 1850s, and by 1870 was the principal export crop, contributing to the country's history and economy far into the next century.


The areas most suitable for the cultivation of coffee are ManaguaSan MarcosJinotega and Nueva Segovia. Production is now mainly centered in the northern part of the central highlands. Our partners have  focused on building lasting relationships with producers in order to establish a reliable supply chain for the future, away from the unpredictability of the commodity market. By being transparent in their work, they aim to have a positive impact in the communities they work with.

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Bouquete, Chiriqui

Coffee production in Panama found a home in the Boquete Valley by the early 20th Century after growing wild all over its Pacific Coast region.


Production is predominantly Arabica, grown in the Chiriqui highlands, at an elevation of 1,200 to 2,000 and is considered the highest quality Panamanian coffee.

Our partners Finca Lerida as well as La Gloria, San Anselmito and other family focused generational farms have set a high bar in quality, transparency and passion to their craft. 


The Geisha variety arrived via Tanzania and Costa Rica in the 1960s and has been winning cupping competitions since 2004.



Karnataka, Kerala & Tamil Nadu

Arabica coffee was first introduced to India in the Baba Budan Giri hills of Karnataka in the 17th Century and production is now concentrated in the hilly tracts of South Indian states. Karnataka accounts for 71% of overall production, followed by Kerala with 21% and Tamil Nadu with 5%.

New areas have been developed in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa on the eastern coast. A third coffee producing region is located in the “Seven Sister” states of Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India.

Indian coffee is considered by some to be the finest shade grown coffee anywhere in the world. There are approximately 250,000 coffee growers in India with the vast majority of them being small growers.




Coffee cultivation in Indonesia began in the late 1600s playing an important part in the development of the country.


Indonesia is well suited for coffee plantations with many mountainous regions on its main islands. Approximately 660,000 metric tons of coffee is produced there, of which twenty five percent is consumed domestically.


Only twenty five percent of exports are arabica beans with the balance being robusta. Sumatra arabica coffee has low acidity and deep, rich body and texture and makes it ideal for blending with higher acidity coffees from Central America and East Africa.

Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi have developed some of the most unique ageing techniques, offering select lots of coffee that resemble what a quality port or brandy is to spirits.


Antigua, Acatenango, Fraijanes, Huehuetenango, Atitlan, Coban, Nueva Oriente and San Marcos

Coffee production began on small plantations in Guatemala's Amatitlan and Antigua regions as early as the mid 1800s. 

Anacafé, the country’s coffee board, started to pioneer efforts to define the country’s individual coffee-producing regions based on cup profile, climate, soil, and altitude. This resulted in the promotion of eight very distinct regions for specialty Strictly Hard Bean (SHB) coffees which, combined with the history and character of the country, have secured Guatemala's legacy of one of the premier quality coffee producers in the world.

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Thanks for your interest in Coastal Coffee Traders and Authentic Coffee Connections. For more information or specific questions please get in touch with us.

We look forward to hearing from you.​

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