IWCA Welcomes Dominican Republic and Burundi to their Global Network of Empowering Women in Coffee

April 29, 2011 – Houston, Texas at the International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA) dinner held in conjunction with the Specialty Coffee Association of America Conference, women leaders in coffee from Dominican Republic and Burundi signed Letters of Understanding to be recognized as IWCA chapters.

Ms. Marie Isabel Balbuena, President IWCA-Dominican Republic and Ms. Isabelle Sinamenye, President, IWCA-Burundi along with chapter members from their countries were honored by over one hundred guest representing IWCA established chapter members from Central and South America, volunteers, and supporters.

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BD Imports Supports Bara Village Education, Training and Entertainment Center

ROCKFORD, Illinois – BD Imports Inc. today announced a donation to the Bara Village Education, Training and Entertainment Center. The Center is designed as a prototype facility offering critical life skills development opportunities for rural village citizens from both the student and adult communities. In addition, the Center will offer quality entertainment feature films to enhance the enjoyment of village life where 75% of Tanzania’s population reside and earn their living. The purpose of Center is to enhance the human experience, potential for development and skills acquisition opportunities for rural citizens in Tanzania, East Africa. Such objectives will be obtained through the visual presentation of educational and training films, documentaries, news programs and feature films in a village based learning facility.

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Phyllis Johnson Elected to Board of Directors of the Specialty Coffee Association of America

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Phyllis Johnson Elected to Board of Directors of the Specialty Coffee Association of America

ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS May 5, 2006 — The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) has elected Phyllis Johnson, Founder and President of BD Imports, to its Board of Directors. The SCAA is the world's largest coffee trade association with more than 3,000 company members. The organization is committed to improving quality and creating a sustainable marketplace and as a Board Member, Ms. Johnson will help to develop projects and initiatives that support that vision.

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BD Imports Signs the Ethiopian Fine Coffee Trademarking and Licensing Agreement

Excerpt from CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Newswire.

ROCKFORD, IL - March 7, 2008- BD Imports, one of the most recognized importers of specialty coffees in the United States with customers whose needs range from a few hundred pounds to several hundred tons of coffee, joins the growing network of licensed distributors of Ethiopia's trademarked coffees.

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BD Imports wins the Isaac Wilson Award

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ROCKFORD, IL – November 4, 2004 - BD Imports, Inc, an importer and marketer of exceptional quality coffees is the recipient of the prestigious Isaac Wilson Award for outstanding success, leadership, and community involvement.

"We are thrilled and deeply honored to receive such an award for our efforts," said Patrick Johnson of BD Imports. The award was presented by the Rockford Regional Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Council on November 3, 2004. More than 400 people including business owners, the banking community, and the media, were present as BD Imports addressed the audience.


BD Imports was founded in 1999 by Phyllis Johnson and Patrick Johnson and serves as the premier importer and marketer of specialty grade coffees from Africa. The company imports fine coffees for some of the most discerning coffee roasters in the world, while creating lasting relationships at origin and practicing socio-economic responsibility. BD Imports exclusively owns the Evolution brand of specialty grade roasted coffees found in upscale gift boutiques, restaurants, and grocery stores. BD Imports is a member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), Transfair USA, and The Roasters Guild. For more information about BD Imports, call 800-285-1298 or visit For more information about Evolution coffee, call 866-386-5883 or visit

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Patrick Johnson, Vice President and Co-Founder
Phone: 815-639-9298
Fax: 815-654-1275