All I know is, if he tells you that he needs you to give him $1000 because his cousin is the owner of the farm and in negotiations to secure a loan from the local bank that will be returned to you ten-fold, don't do it.
I have two direct trade relationships. One is with a small family farm in El Salvador and One is from a larger family farm in Brazil. Both of the farms have family reps staying in the Southeast and distributing the coffee by the bag to local roasters.
If he does what my farms do in this sense, he'll have to have a holding facility for the bulk of product he brings. How much bulk would he expect you to buy?
also, if it's good, you could sell to other roasters like myself. That way you could split the bags and ship them out to your micro-roasting network.
If you can get your hands on more samples, we could be interested. We just had two of our DT offerings swept out from under us - something we hear is pretty common. We're trying to find other ways to secure supplies of relationship coffee besides the importers we're working with.
We're probably smaller than you are, but could probably handle a few bags if it's good.