Based permanently in Colombia for the past 10 years, we have direct unrivaled relationships with hundreds, if not thousands, of Colombian coffee farmers and communities.
Coffee production in Colombia has a reputation as producing mild, well-balanced coffee beans, with an average annual coffee production of 11.5 million bags Colombia is the third total highest producer in the world, after Brazil and Vietnam, though highest in terms of the arabica bean (the beans used to produce the more expensive speciality grade coffees).
Colombia essentially grows coffee all year round depending upon regionality, but the main harvest is primarily from October to March, with a mitaca fly crop from April until June.
The domestic price for a 125-kilogram (275-lb) shipment of coffee here in Colombia is currently around 84 cents per lb.
Farmers need to earn between $1.40 to $1.50 per lb to pay for fertilizers and still be profitable.
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We have but one question to ask in order to ascertain whether the coffee sector will build back better and achieve the SDG goals:
Who will benefit going forward from the vast profits generated only after the roasting stage, the farming communities themselves, or coffee roasting companies in consumer countries?
NOT 1 BEAN of our coffee is ever roasted outside of the country in which it was grown.
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Change is coming.
Governments working on plans to rebuild their economies should pair recovery action with policies both to develop resilient supply chains and to ensure that they, and the companies they support, emerge stronger than before.
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