SCA releases value chain distribution graphic

The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) has released an update to its Economics of the Coffee Supply Chain table, a graphic that paints a broad representation of the specialty coffee value stream.

The SCA says the data came from multiple sources, which was then aggregated to illustrate a typical supply chain. Exact amounts will vary based on many factors, such as location, but the SCA says the outlook accurately represents the ratios or proportions different parts of the value chain receive.

The updated table combines roaster, retailer, and importer data from various sources including the SCA Roaster and Retailer Benchmarking Study and the SCA/Square Coffee Reports. The aim of this illustration is to show how value is distributed and how various costs enter into the economic picture of coffee.

The SCA also hopes it will serve as a constructive tool in the ongoing discussion around coffee production, pricing, and trading.

The association believes the table could help producers to understand the business models of the importer, roaster, and coffee shop; baristas and shop owners interested in understanding typical costs and risks of their partners; and anyone studying coffee to better understand the value chain and how value is distributed.

Economics of the Coffee Supply Chain: An Illustrative Outlook can be downloaded HERE.

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