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THE COVID -19 THREAT TO COFFEE FARMERS

Updated: Apr 26


According to a recent "Impact of Covid-19 on the Global Coffee Sector" report by the International Coffee Organisation (ICO), the effects on the industry are proving increasingly difficult to predict.

The spread of Covid-19 presents a significant additional challenge to the global coffee sector, which has only recently experienced a prolonged period of low producer prices.


Despite steady overall growth in the sector, coffee prices have followed a continued downward trend since 2016, dropping 30% below the average of the last ten years. Many of the 25 million farmers worldwide, the majority of which are smallholders, struggle to cover their operating costs as input prices continue to rise.

Consequently, farm incomes decline and livelihoods are increasingly at risk.


"Lack of investment in the modernization of farms and in adaptation to the impact of climate change poses a serious risk to the sustainability of the sector and to future coffee supply." (ICO)


At NOT 1 BEAN we have looked at the global challenges the coffee sector is facing on both a pre & post Covid -19 basis - whenever that may be.


Firstly, it is widely reported from various sources that large coffee buyers in consumer countries are beginning to stock pile green (un-roasted) coffee beans.

This is concerning given that these coffee beans have been picked and processed ready to export under the previous regulations prior to the the virus outbreak - this even though at the time of writing producers cannot be 100% sure whether traditional transportation methods are sufficient to restrict further transmission of the virus.


The risk continues through to the final roasting destination as green coffee beans from across the globe are mixed and handled and often sent on to consumers for roasting at home.


At NOT 1 BEAN the Covid-19 crisis hasn't and won't impact our handling procedures. All of our coffees are roasted, packaged and sealed prior to transportation to consumer countries, the mycrotoxins that exist within the green coffee beans are destroyed at the first opportunity - well before coffee reaches high street roasting facilities.


This is what we term Safe Trade.


Finally if you're reading this and you're maybe not part of the global coffee production sector, you probably are unaware that shipping roasted coffee, as opposed to green unroasted, we see a weight reduction of up to 20% on our seas and in our skies.


Reduce your carbon footprint and minimise the risk of further Covid-19 contamination by switching to the NOT 1 BEAN 'Safe Trade' coffee supply business model.





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