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San Cristobal Coffee Importers

has been involved in coffee production since 1993 and was incorporated in 1996 to provide international market access for small holder coffee farmers in Nayarit, Mexico. The mission at San Cristobal Coffee Importers is to promote equity into the supply chain so producers can address issues of sustainability and environmental stewardship in their countries. The roasters we work with are the pinnacle of the supply chain and are in a position to drastically improve the lives of farmers. We serve as a conduit between both parties so all can flourish and be successful.

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Jim Kosalos


James Kosalos, President of San Cristobal Coffee Importers and majority partner in Cafés Sustentables de México, is a geophysicist from Wisconsin who has been using his scientific background to help Mexican coffee producers. He is a member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America's Technical Standards committee and an SCAA certified Cupping Judge who has introduced SCAA/CQI quality standards to small producers in Nayarit, Mexico.

Fun Fact: James Kosalos developed the sonar imaging system that found the Titanic.

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Devorah Zeitlin


Devorah Zeitlin, Vice-President of San Cristobal Coffee Importers, is a native of Brooklyn who received a degree in public health from Tulane University in Louisiana. Her Peace Corps assignment took her to Nepal where she worked with farmers under the auspices of the Nepali Department of Agriculture. She worked in Washington, DC, to help develop Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hazardous waste regulations before moving to Seattle in the early 1990s.

Fun Fact: Devorah Zeitlin successfully sailed from the US all the way to the Marquesas Islands.

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Kenny Davis


Kenneth Davis, General Manager of San Cristobal Coffee Importers, is a native to the Pacific Northwest. His role at San Cristobal encompasses quality control, sales, logistics, and millenial translator. He worked for SC immediately after graduating from Oregon State University in 2012, but took leave from 2014 to 2017 to explore a career in Environmental Consulting. The coffee industry left it's mark and he rejoined the team at the start of 2018.

Fun Fact: Kenneth Davis spent one year living in a yurt. It snowed a lot that year.

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Jacob Frankel


Jacob Frankel, Junior Trader at San Cristobal Coffee Importers, is a native of California. He studied International Relations and Political Science at Carleton College and has spent considerable time in Latin America. He researched quinoa production in the Andes Mountains in Peru. And before joining us in Seattle, he spent a year at the origin in Nayarit, Mexico, working with our coffee quality management partner Cafés Sustentables de México.

Fun Fact: Jacob’s hobbies include “aquascaping,” or decorating heavily planted freshwater aquariums.

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