New ICO study: Assessing the economic sustainability of coffee growing

19 October 2016

New research by the ICO shows that coffee farmers in selected countries are operating at a loss and that coffee growing is becoming less profitable over time. This new study assesses the cost structure of coffee production in selected countries (Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, and El Salvador), and derives recommendations on how to improve the economic viability of coffee production.
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ICO Indicator prices
(US cents/lb)  12/11/2018
  change
ICO Composite 108.63 -2.3%
Colombian Milds 137.48 -2.9%
Other Milds 134.97 -2.5%
Brazilian Naturals 111.61 -3.0%
Robustas 83.67 -1.3%

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1 October is #InternationalCoffeeDay.

This year we have chosen a very special theme for this year’s celebrations: ‘Women in Coffee’. Women play as important a role in the whole of the coffee chain as men, from planting the seeds to processing to trading to brewing… and drinking it. To find out more visit the dedicated International Coffee Day website. 


Latest ICO Studies & Reports

• National Quality Standards (Published September 2018)

• Gender equality in the coffee sector (Published September 2018)

Maximum residue limits (Published September 2018)

• Country Coffee Profile: Ghana (Published September 2018)

• Mixtures and substitutes (Published September 2018)

Gender equality in the coffee sector (Published April 2018)

Development of coffee trade flows (Published April 2018)

Value addition in the African coffee sector (Published September 2017)

• Assessing the economic sustainability of coffee growing (Published September 2016)

Coffee in the Russian Federation (Published August 2015)

Coffee in China (Published August 2015)

The impact of the price of oil and the US dollar exchange rate on coffee prices (Published August 2015)

Sustainability of the Coffee Sector in Africa (Published August 2015)


ICO Coffee Library

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