The Premium Being Paid on Coffee

The rapid downward change in prices has left the processing sector badly off; expecting prices of over $300 per quintal, they went into debt to pay high prices for the raw grain.

Monday, June 18, 2012

An article in analyzes the cycles of crisis and prosperity in the Costa Rican coffee industry, the high risk that exists in all phases of the business and the complexity of the process of adding value to exporting finished products rather than raw materials.

"With the rising prices of coffee, in each coffee-growing areas of our country there was the fiercest competition at the mill level, with them competing for each and every grain of the harvest. Being their profit 9% of the value of the harvest, the more and better coffee the more revenue for them.

However, in order to receive the greatest amount of black coffee there is only one possibility and this is to give the producer the highest advances for payment of their crops. Of course in light of Act 2762 (on the regime of relations between coffee producers, processors and exporters), which governs the relationship between coffee sectors of our country, an advance on a harvest is considered a final payment even if the mills demonstrates that the harvest is lower, meaning that, in extreme cases, the coffee processing company is not able to demand a refund of the excessive payment to the producer.

This is exactly what has happened in this crop, as some manufacturing companies never covered the advances paid to producers with the fixation of their sales."

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