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Robusta coffee beans are grown in western and central Africa, throughout southeast Asia, and to some extent in Brazil. Consumption[ edit ] In the year in the US, coffee consumption was Init was the number-one hot beverage of choice among convenience store customers, generating about 78 percent of sales within the hot dispensed beverages category.
The expansion of Brazilian coffee plantations and Vietnam 's entry into the market in when the United States trade embargo against it was lifted added supply pressures to growers.
The market awarded the more affordable Vietnamese coffee suppliers with trade and caused less efficient coffee bean farmers in many countries such as BrazilNicaragua, and Ethiopia not to be able to live off of their products, which at many times were priced below the cost of production, forcing many to quit the coffee bean production and move into slums in the cities.
Specialty coffee, however, is frequently not purchased on commodities exchanges—for example, Starbucks purchases nearly all its coffee through multi-year, private contracts that often pay double the commodity price.
Inhowever, the coffee prices rose with the above-mentioned ICO Composite Index monthly averages between Many coffee bean farmers can now live off their products, but not all of the extra-surplus trickles down to them, because rising petroleum prices make the transportation, roasting and packaging of the coffee beans more expensive.
Prices have risen from to and sharply in the second half of on fears of a bad harvest in key coffee-producing countries, with the ICO indicator price reaching in March In the background red shade trees and in the foreground pruned trees for different periods in the growth cycle.
A number of classifications are used to label coffee produced under certain environmental or labor standards.
For instance, "Bird-Friendly"  or " shade-grown coffee " is said to be produced in regions where natural shade canopy trees is used to shelter coffee plants during parts of the growing season. Fair trade coffee is produced by small coffee producers who belong to cooperatives; guaranteeing for these cooperatives a minimum price, though with historically low prices, current fair-trade minimums are lower than the market price of only a few years ago.
Fairtrade America is the primary organization currently overseeing Fair Trade coffee practices in the United States, while the Fairtrade Foundation does so in the United Kingdom. Commodity chain for the coffee industry[ edit ] World Map based on Coffee imported by country in Map shows gross imports, not how much coffee stays within the country or how much is consumed.
Some countries re-export significant portions of their coffee imported. The coffee industry currently has a commodity chain that involves producers, middlemen exporters, importers, roasters, and retailers before reaching the consumer.
Under either arrangement, large producers can sell at prices set by the New York Coffee Exchange. Green coffee is then purchased by importers from exporters or large plantation owners. They have capital resources to obtain quality coffee from around the world, capital normal roasters do not have.
Roasters' heavy reliance on importers gives the importers great influence over the types of coffee that are sold to consumers.
In the United States, there are around 1, roasters. Roasters have the highest profit margin in the commodity chain. Twelve billion pounds of coffee is consumed around the globe annually, and the United States alone has over million coffee drinkers. Coffee is also bought and sold by investors and price speculators as a tradable commodity.
Please improve this article or discuss the issue on the talk page. December Main article: Fair trade coffee According to the World Fair Trade Organization and the other three major Fair Trade organizations Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International, Network of European Worldshops and European Fair Trade Associationthe definition of fair trade is "a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade".
The stated goal is to offer better trading conditions to marginalized producers and workers. Fair trade organizations, along with the backing of consumers, campaign for change in the rules and practice of conventional international trade.
However, not all coffee producers are happy with the methods or results. Fair Trade organizations promote a trade environment in which the coffee importer has a direct relationship with the coffee producer, excluding the middlemen.
Coffee importers provide credit to certified farmers to help them stay out of debt with coffee traders so they can develop long-lasting trade relationships.
Fairtrade certification is not free; there is an application fee, initial certification fee, membership dues, annual audit fees and more. Certification can cost thousands of Euros for a single plantation. As a result, there are plenty of small, independent farms that are not Fairtrade certified even though they meet or exceed the Fairtrade standards.
Coffee and the environment[ edit ] Originally, coffee farming was done in the shade of trees, which provided natural habitat for many animals and insects, roughly approximating the biodiversity of a natural forest. They also typically cultivated bananas and fruit trees as shade for the coffee trees,  which provided additional income and food security.
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