JUNE 13, 2016
Coffee exporters play a crucial role in the coffee supply chain, and yet we hear so little about them. So we spoke to Diana Acosta, a third-generation exporter from Honduras, to find out a little more about her job.
Read on to discover what a coffee exporter does, what their challenges are, and how they make a living even during the off season.
The life of a coffee exporter is hectic. In a nutshell, it’s their job to manage the producers, get the coffee processed, and then ship it, all while trying to get the best price. This means they must also monitor market prices from the moment they wake up to the moment they go to bed.
So where do they begin? For starters, exporters must establish links with the producers and obtain samples from them; only after this can the coffee be assessed and graded.
However, grading samples isn’t quite as easy as it sounds. Once an exporter has received the tasters, they must then go through a strict and lengthy cupping process. This means that the exporter needs to weigh the beans, evaluate their humidity, assess how long the coffee needs to rest, and determine any defects. Phew! And while cupping 20 coffees a day may sound wonderful to us, Diana insists that it can send you a little “coffee loco”.
Once all the coffee samples have been cupped and evaluated, the exporter will give them a quality grade and they will then be stored in line with their grading.
After finding a buyer happy with both the quality and cost of the coffee, the exporter must then prepare the beans for shipping. Throughout the process, they’ll continually cup it to make sure that it still meets the desired standard.
The preparation process has many steps and runs as follows:
Drying: The coffee is washed through the mill and dried for anywhere between 25 and 30 hours, depending on the humidity. Separate mills are used for speciality coffee due to the different quantity of coffee that is being processed.
Cleaning: The beans are then cleaned to remove any remaining coffee cherry flesh.
Sorting: The coffee is sorted by the weight and colour of the beans.
Packaging and storage: The beans are bagged and stored in the right conditions ready for shipping.
WATCH A NICARAGUAN ADVENTURE FULL OF TASTY WAVES AND CAFFEINATED BUZZES
BY BEN WALDRON
For a lot of surfers coffee is a ritualistic part of their morning surf routine. Seeing a steaming cup from the local donut shop, or a hot mug of home brew, in the hand of a surfer as he or she assesses ante meridiem conditions is as common a sight in the beach parking lot as the sea itself.
Does the warm caffeinated beverage enhance one’s surfing? Dean Petty, Mikey Detemple and Lee Meirowitz seem to think so. In the adventurous and whimsical style of Bruce Brown the trio travel to Nicaragua with filmmaker Harrison Newman Jardine for a coffee-fueled surf safari in “Perfectly Caffeinated.” Watch the trio score some fun waves and gain an education on the coffee cultivating process.
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If you landed in Bogota in the 1960s, one of the first things you would have probably seen outside the airport was a giant billboard. In a slightly menacing tone, it said: “Coffee rust is the enemy. Don’t bring plant materials from abroad”.
Coffee rust is a disease with the power to cripple, or even wipe out, the country’s national product, the base of one of its biggest industries, and one of its most important sources of foreign currency. Last year alone, its coffee exports were worth $2.4bn (£1.8bn), and was 7.7% of all goods the country sold overseas. That makes Colombia the third largest producer of coffee in the world. In other words, if rust takes hold there and global supply dwindles, it will affect the price of the coffee we drink everywhere.
That’s why for the past few decades, Colombia’s scientists have been engaged in a little-known battle with the disease, staged from a small laboratory deep inside the mountains of Colombia’s coffee axis.
The question is, can Colombian coffee’s distinct flavors survive intact?
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See also “Central America: Coffee Export Prices Drop 33%“
Elnuevodiario.com.ni reports that “…The highest exported value and volume of the cycle was registered in June of this year, reaching $76.2 million, corresponding to the sale of 456,476.1 hundredweight of the grain. On the other hand, in May 2017 the highest average price was $169.1 per hundredweight.“
“… In recent years, coffee has had highs and lows in exports. In the 2012-2013 cycle, they fell 1.67%; in 2013-2014, 12%. Then in the 2014-2015 cycle they rebounded, registering an increase of 9.4%. However, they fell again in the 2015-2016 cycle, by 3.99%, going from $414.32 in the previous cycle to $397.77 million.“
Special coffee represents 30% of Cisa’s exports.
Café nica awarded by Starbucks
The Starbucks chain included in March the Monimbó coffee farm, located in Jinotega , as part of its exclusive Starbucks Reserve coffee line. This estate is part of the brand ‘Premium Estates’, the selection of specialty coffees created by the Mercon group, with the best of its harvest from Nicaragua, Guatemala and Vietnam.
In both cases (Premium Estates and Starbucks), the selection criteria not only focus on the quality of the beverage that can be served from these grains, but also on the production process being sustainable, and taking into account the welfare of the community and the protection of the environment.
Federico Argüello, commercial manager of Cisa Exportadora , the main national exporter of coffee, explained in the television program Esta Noche that the connection between a chain like Starbucks and a farm like Monimbó, is not a matter of moment.
In its wide portfolio of producers, Cisa has several profiles similar to those of Monimbó, with a rather special product, above the national average. The exporting company sends several samples to the toasters and if one is to the taste of the companies, the orders are filled and the coffee from the selected farm is sent.
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Monday, September 25, 2017
One of the main benefits of exporting grain to Japan is that the average price paid for coffee is higher than the amount paid in other markets. According to figures from the Center for Exports, “… in the 2016-2017 cycle the value of a hundredweight of gold grain was US $171.4, almost 5% higher than the average price of all coffee sold in that period, which was US $163.3.“
Although the Japanese market represents only 3.6% of the total market for Nicaraguan coffee, this proportion has been increasing steadily since the 2014/15 cycle, when it stood at 1.52%.
Elnuevodiario.com.ni reports that the Association of Special Coffees of Nicaragua (ACEN), commented: “…Japan is a market with a lot of potential for our country. It is also a segment that is very demanding, which is reflected in the compensation of purchase prices, which are well above those of the New York Stock Exchange.“
By John Odyek
Added 20th August 2017 01:38 PM
Drinking coffee brings one a lot of happiness and Uganda is seeking to earn more from coffee, according to Emmanuel Lyamulemye, the executive director of Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA).
Coffee is the number one globally-traded commodity in the agriculture sector.
“Coffee leads to longevity,” he told MPs during a presentation to the parliamentary committee on agriculture on the activities of UCDA.
“Coffee helps improve alertness, for instance, for night workers and students. among others. Coffee contains hundreds of compounds that may help with research into some diseases. Caffeine can end headache if consumed in the early stage.”
Lyamulenye told the legislators that UCDA has got a plot of land in China where they are to construct a building dedication to selling coffee and expanding the market among the big Chinese population.
He expressed hope that with the interventions that have been made in the coffee sector over the last few years, coffee production is projected to increase from 5.4 million bags per year from the last financial year 2016/17 to 6.5 million bags this financial year 2017/18.
Coffee is the number one export earner for Uganda, fetching $450m (sh1.6 trillion) per year.
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