About Cape Horn Coffees

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Cape Horn Coffees

About Cape Horn Coffees

Founded in 1995, Cape Horn Coffees, Inc. (“CHC”) is an importer and wholesaler of green (unroasted) coffee into North America. We trade all origins of coffee, with a focus on Brazil and Central America. CHC’s owners come from very different backgrounds within coffee, giving us an entirely unique perspective on the industry.

Paul Leighton founded Cape Horn in 1995 after 15 years of co-owning and operating the Coffee Corner, a small but successful coffee roaster in Eugene, OR. Paul used his roasting insights to begin to supply green coffee to other roasting companies in the Pacific Northwest, and CHC was born.

Today, CHC imports and supplies green coffee to roasters throughout North America. CHC’s philosophy is to always put the customer’s best interests first. We never push a particular grade or origin, but rather take the time to learn our customer’s profiles and end-market so that we can provide relevant advice and source the best value coffees for each customer’s particular needs.

CHC is owned by two partners with very different backgrounds within coffee. Our diverse backgrounds in farming, roasting, trading, and finance give us unique insight into the issues that roasting companies face, which go far beyond just coffee procurement and logistics. We take a holistic view of each client’s entire business, rather than just their green coffee purchasing.


Daniel Neves, Partner

Daniel NevesDan Neves is a Partner at CHC and oversees the Denver trading desk as well as purchasing from Brazil. Dan’s coffee career started as a young boy, where he grew up on the coffee farm that his family still owns and operates in Bahia, Brazil. Upon graduating from Colorado State University with an economics degree, Dan joined the ECOM group as an intern in its origin office in Vitoria de Conquista, Brazil. He then spent five years with his father and brother building Café Richesse, a small coffee roaster based in Fort Collins, CO. In 1998, Dan founded Sinay Neves Enterprises, a green coffee import company focusing on specialty coffees from Brazil. Dan joined CHC in 2014 as the beginning of the second generation of ownership. Dan also has a master of arts degree in Global Finance Trade & Economic Integration.

Mark Williams, Partner

Mark WilliamsMark Williams is a Partner at CHC and is the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Until Mark joined Cape Horn in 2016, he was a Senior Vice President at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co, where he oversaw the firm’s Food & Beverage and Boston Regional banking groups. Prior to relocating to Boston in 2014, Mark spent eight years in BBH’s New York office where he led a team that financed and advised commodity trading companies, with a particular focus on green coffee. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Middlebury College and an MBA in Finance from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College. Mark is on the board of directors of the Pacific Coast Coffee Association, the Cutler Investment Center advisory board at Babson College, and is a past board member of the Green Coffee Association.

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