Vertical Integration in the Coffee Supply Chain: Pachamama Coffee Cooperative

By Maria Hill In recent years, the specialty coffee industry has actively focused on the producer. There are two major issues the industry faces when it comes to empowering the farmer: coffee prices are determined by the commodities market and the farmer is far removed from the consumer. In response to these obstacles, several new …

Securing the Future of Quality Coffee: Risk Management and New Opportunities to Strengthen Coffee Supply

by Ben Corey-Moran, Fair Trade USA Growing great coffee is no easy task. Period. Now, try producing the finest beans on the market while battling the pounding hand of climate change, the spread of diseases like coffee leaf rust, and wildly volatile markets with an oftentimes distant relationship to the generally accepted terms of supply and …

What is “The Market” Anyway?

by Ric Rhinehart, Executive Director, SCAA Any time coffee folks are gathered, conversation will inevitably include a reference to “the market.” “Did you get the market today?” or “Where did the market close?” and similar conversation-starters are a mainstay in coffee circles everywhere. There are specialty players who take a particular pride in denying their …

Focus on Quality Could Save Brazil’s Small Coffee Farms

Can the world’s growing appetite for unique coffee save Brazil’s specialty coffee farms? by Aleszu Bajak Brazil, long known for being one of the world’s leading producers of bulk commodity coffee, is now trying to make a name for itself as a country where smallholder farms produce specialty coffees. But low wholesale prices and limited international …

Price and Value | Global Forces in Specialty Coffee

By David Piza Cossio, Relationship Coffee Manager, Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers In early September of this year, international coffee prices for Arabica coffee plunged to a 4-year low, breaking the $1.16/lb threshold experienced back in the early stages of the Great Recession. The large Brazilian crop is estimated to surpass 50 million 60kg bags during …