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WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A CUP OF COFFEE?

Coffee is one of the world's most loved beverages, with an estimated 3 billion cups enjoyed everyday. It has never been more popular and there have never been more ways to drink coffee; lattes, frappucinos, drip, cold brew, and of course espresso to name a few. But what does it take to make a cup of coffee? To start with, there are seven stages that form the coffee making process, from 'bean to cup': PickingWashingDryingGradingRoasting, Cupping and of course, Enjoying.

 

At each of these stages there are specially-trained people, each with their own expertise, who play an important role in coffee's production. Coffee impacts so many people's lives, for many it is a passion but for even more it is the livelihood on which they depend.

WHAT'S CAUSING THE COFFEE PRICE CRISIS?

Increased crop yields, rising transportation costs and the price of doing business in developed countries are all contributing factors to the current coffee price crisis; with prices at a 15-year low. While the cup of coffee you drink may not be any cheaper, the amount that farmers are paid for their crop yield is around 1 cent (USD) per cup. 

Farmers get a fraction of the money you spend on your morning coffee

The above chart is an indicative example of the discrepancy between the cost received by a farmer and the retail price paid by a consumer. This difference may vary depending on the geographical market. 

THE STAGES OF COFFEE

#1 - PICKING

#2 - WASHING

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This International Coffee Day, we're brining everyone involved in coffee, from producers to drinkers, together to help coffee farmers earn a fair, living wage. Show your support for coffee's future by signing the #coffee pledge. 

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A CUP OF COFFEE?

Coffee is one of the world's most loved beverages, with an estimated 3 billion cups enjoyed everyday. It has never been more popular and there have never been more ways to drink coffee; lattes, frappucinos, drip, cold brew, and of course espresso to name a few. But what does it take to make a cup of coffee? To start with, there are seven stages that form the coffee making process, from 'bean to cup': PickingWashingDryingGradingRoasting, Cupping and of course, Enjoying.

 

At each of these stages there are specially-trained people, each with their own expertise, who play an important role in coffee's production. Coffee impacts so many people's lives, for many it is a passion but for even more it is the livelihood on which they depend.

WHAT'S CAUSING THE COFFEE PRICE CRISIS?

Increased crop yields, rising transportation costs and the price of doing business in developed countries are all contributing factors to the current coffee price crisis; with prices at a 15-year low. While the cup of coffee you drink may not be any cheaper, the amount that farmers are paid for their crop yield is around 1 cent (USD) per cup. 

Farmers get a fraction of the money you spend on your morning coffee

The above chart is an indicative example of the discrepancy between the cost received by a farmer and the retail price paid by a consumer. This difference may vary depending on the geographical market. 

THE STAGES OF COFFEE

#1 - PICKING

#2 - WASHING

#3 - GRADING

TAKE THE ICD 2019 COFFEE CHALLENGE

JOIN THE MOVEMENT

This International Coffee Day, we're brining everyone involved in coffee, from producers to drinkers, together to help coffee farmers earn a fair, living wage. Show your support for coffee's future by signing the #coffee pledge. 

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A CUP OF COFFEE?

Coffee is one of the world's most loved beverages, with an estimated 3 billion cups enjoyed every day. It has never been more popular and there have never been more ways to drink coffee; lattes, frappucinos, drip, cold brew, and of course espresso to name a few. But what does it take to make a cup of coffee? To start with, there are seven stages that form the coffee making process, from 'bean to cup': PickingWashingDryingGradingRoasting, Cupping and of course, Enjoying.

 

At each of these stages there are specially-trained people, each with their own expertise, who play an important role in coffee's production. Coffee impacts so many people's lives, for many it is a passion but for even more it is the livelihood on which they depend.

WHAT'S CAUSING THE COFFEE PRICE CRISIS?

Due to an increase in crop yields, causing two consecutive years of surplus in the market, there is currently a global oversupply of coffee. This oversupply is driving down the market price of coffee that farmers are paid (to a 15-year low).  At the same time the cost of production has increased (labour, fertiliser, land etc) meaning farmers don’t make enough to survive, and while the cup of coffee you drink may not be any cheaper, the amount that farmers are paid for their crop yield can be as little as 1 cent (USD) per cup.

Farmers get a fraction of the money you spend on your morning coffee

The above chart is an indicative example of the discrepancy between the cost received by a farmer and the retail price paid by a consumer. This difference may vary depending on the geographical market. 

THE STAGES OF COFFEE PRODUCTION

#1 - PICKING

Coffee starts out in life as tiny red cherries which are almost always picked by hand. 

#3 - DRYING

It takes 6-7 days for washed coffee to be dried in the sun. 

#5 - ROASTING 

Coffee is actually green but turns brown during roasting, a process which brings out the flavour

and aroma. 

#2 - WASHING

Washing removes the pulp from the coffee cherries after harvesting so that they are ready for drying.

#4 - GRADING

Grading categorises a coffee bean according to size, where and at what altitude it was grown and how it was prepared and picked.

#6 - CUPPING

Coffee cupping is the official term for assessing the flavour profile of coffee according to sweetness, acidity, mouthfeel, balance and flavour. 

#7 - ENJOYING

The most important stage of all is enjoying your cup of coffee. Something which happens 3 billion times a day across the world!

TAKE THE ICD 2019 COFFEE CHALLENGE

JOIN THE MOVEMENT

This International Coffee Day, we're bringing everyone involved in coffee, from producers to drinkers, together to help coffee farmers earn a fair, living wage and income. Show your support for coffee's future by signing the #coffee pledge. 

 
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