On-Demand Guatemala Green Coffee Beans. What if you could order 159 lbs. of Grade 1, shade grown Arabica Guatemala green coffee beans on Monday, direct from the Farm in Guatemala and be roasting Friday night?
Paying $7.00 per pound delivered to your door including shipping, we feel is an attractive model for small to medium Coffee shops and Roasters in search of premium coffee beans.
Guatemalan Green Coffee Beans reach the consumer through many channels, brokers, wholesalers, and distributors, this is the primary means you enjoy a cup of Guatemalan Coffee at your local coffee shop or roaster.
Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world, after oil. The global coffee industry earns an excess of $60 billion dollars annually.
Less than 10% of the earnings end up in the coffee producing countries, and less than 0.5% of the total earnings translate into wages for those who labor to produce the coffee. For every $3.25 latte sold in the U.S., approximately 1 penny of that goes to the workers who do the actual work of growing and harvesting the coffee beans.
Why is this?
Farms that produce premium Guatemala Arabica coffee find price setting controlled by the world market, like oil. Who established the prices are buyers like Star Bucks and Nescafe and commodity traders.
Coffee shops and roasters in the US depending on size work with brokers, wholesalers, and distributors in order to make that fresh cup of Guatemala coffee for you.
For a select few Roasters and Coffee shops with large amounts of capital purchase coffee under contract from Brokers. An average contract requires the investment for a 10,000 lb. contract of $38,000.00, wait eight weeks for delivery and then have to store and manage the inventory.
All most all green coffee beans shipped from Guatemala are in 159 lb. coffee sacks, loaded in containers and shipped by sea to US ports destined for brokers, wholesalers, and distributors.
Fair Trade cooperatives in Guatemala indicate that while Fair Trade is indeed helping to improve the situation for some growers with small to mid-size farms, the actual improvement in wages and working conditions for the seasonal workers have been minimal to non-existent.
That is how the coffee business has been forever, which we are changing.
Many Roasters and Coffee shops promote the fact that they work directly with the growers. While with good intentions and smart marketing, why are Guatemala Coffee producers the lowest paid in the world?
Last year coffee growers in Guatemala received on average $1.56 per a pound for green coffee beans, 2019 predicts prices to be at $1.00 per pound.
According to the Specialty Coffee Association of America, one pound of coffee is enough to make 48 6-ounce cups of coffee.
A latte sells for $3.25, a pound of coffee nets the shop $192.00 in sales from a pound of coffee beans.