The Legendary Coffee Exchange is back. In what is quickly becoming an annual tradition, Cafe Imports’s roaster coffee swap returns to the Specialty Coffee Association’s Expo in Chicago next month for more in-person coffee trading, community building, and the chance to win a new Ikawa sample roaster.

Announced yesterday, March 27th, the Legendary Coffee Exchange will operate like in previous years. Roasters who plan on attending April’s SCA Expo can sign up for free on the Cafe Imports website, where they will get paired up with another participating roaster. Then at Expo, the roaster will drop off a bag of their own roasted coffee of their choosing (8-16oz preferred) at the Cafe Imports booth. Later, they will pick up a bag from their counterpart.

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From there, the roasters get to enjoy the rest of Expo and have the rest of April to cup the coffee they received. Cafe Imports will put them in touch with their roaster partner and they will be able to discuss the coffees. Once it’s all concluded, the green coffee importer will send out a survey to participants to see what worked and what didn’t.

As they have done in the past, Cafe Imports has teamed up with Ikawa to give away the all-new Ikawa Pro 50 Sample Roaster to one lucky participant. The drawing will occur on the last day of Expo, Sunday, April 14th at 10:00 am via Instagram Live. The winner will be contacted and handed a new sample roaster to take home with them in short order.

Sign-up for the event is completely free, and pre-registration is open through April 10th via the Cafe Imports website. On-site registration will be available at the company’s booth (1436). Coffee drop-off begins at the start of the show on Friday and runs through the end of the day on Saturday.

So get ready to swap ’til you drop! For more information, visit Cafe Imports’s official website.

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.