“Transparency is a tool to ensure that marketing claims are backed by actual facts.” The Pledge
The Specialty Coffee Industry unquestionably evolved into a worldwide movement. Due to its enormous logistic challenges, fluctuation in price, and more prominent focus on promoting producers at origin, it sparked conversations about sustainability, transparency, supply chain integration, and colonial legacy. Rightfully.
Prices per pound of commercial coffee systematically encourage and discourage coffee farmers due to fluctuation connected to available yearly volume, price speculation, and other environmental factors. The graph below represents the price per pound since the early ’70s.
Each country faces various combinations of economic, environmental, and logistic difficulties. To put things in perspective, to produce a pound of specialty coffee in Colombia, the cost of production alone for specialty coffee varies from 700.00 - 750.000 pesos per carga (140kg of parchment coffee) which translates to USD 1.67 per pound of coffee.
This price does not include post milling or exporting costs and, therefore, does not even represent F.O.B. price. Without going into exact numbers, it is apparent that the stock market price for commercial coffee has been far below production cost for extensive periods.
While we mainly focus on specialty coffee, we recognize that every farm produces a variety of different quality crops. As we grow, we intend to buy the majority of what each of our partners can harvest, improving their practices if necessary and creating a line of trust between a stable buyer and a human being.
At Nemesis, without big words and commitments or popular buzzwords, we constantly strive to pay respectfully and never bargain and hold The Pledge vision close to our hearts:
“Ensure a sustainable supply of coffee by working towards a living income for producers so they will continue to invest in the future of their businesses.”
We are purposely differentiating F.O.B from Farm Gate Price. We have created a graph to help share our relationship with the producers we partner with at origin. Find definitions of these terms and more below:
Farm Gate Pricing
If working directly with a landowner/producer, this price defines the real value we purchased coffee. Farm Gate Price includes production costs, margin, labor, utilities, fertilizing, compost input into the soil, etc
Free On Board (f.o.b)
The price paid for coffee delivered and placed onto the ship at the port in the country of embarkation. They typically cover any overland transportation costs from mills or warehouses to the port of origin, but not any overseas shipping, insurance, or any transportation, customs, and overland freight costs incurred on arrival to the port of destination (International Chamber of Commerce)
How long we've been working with this producer
How much coffee we purchased from this particular harvest
Measured from 80 - 100 (80 being the start of specialty coffee range), we evaluate the quality of every coffee we purchase to ensure. While ensuring we uphold our agreements with our partners at origin.
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To see the coffee in our current line up, see the link below.