Cris in Ethiopia

Coffee Biz

Posted by Cris on August 4, 2007

This is old- Ive been having troubles posting for a while. Sorry for the delay! 

One of Amy’ students took me to a coffee auction yeterday. This came a day after we watched the movie “Black Gold”, about the coffee (specifically Ethiopian) industry. I was interested to see what I could dig up. So, the auction was pretty boring. There isnt much coffe now, as we are between the “washed” and “sundried” seasons. Everything was in a lull, and while I couldnt really tell (even with my cherry inspecting experience), Dawit told me that all the coffee being auctioned looked pretty spotty. And expensive, since there isnt much around now. It was selling for about 360 birr per 70 kilos (1 dollar equals 9 birr), making it about 23 birr a kilo. Now, this is the same coffee that the farmers are earning 3 birr a kilo for (if youve seen the movie, or want to, the movie claims 2 birr a kilo, but the price has since gone up).  This is because the coffee goes from the farmer, to the “coffee supplier”, to the exporter. So the suppliers, and there is possibly one more step in between, take a cut, as does everyone else, and this is why you pay 3 dollars for latte. From the exporter it goes to the coffee company, the roaster, and finally to the store (Starbucks or Safeway, etc) where people buy it.

One Response to “Coffee Biz”

  1. Rob said

    Sounds cool. I suppose that it being raw beans and all you don’t get that wonderful aroma! We are paying about $6/pound for roasted so based on what you were seeing for raw prices that doesn’t sound too bad – even with all the middle men in there!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: