Why Switzerland Makes More Money from Coffee than Colombia

Why Switzerland Makes More Money from Coffee than Colombia

Swiss coffee exports exceed 3,000 million dollars, a figure much higher than what Colombia obtains, despite being one of the main growers of this plant in the world. Read on!

Swiss coffee exports exceed 3,000 million dollars, a figure much higher than what Colombia obtains, despite being one of the main growers of this plant in the world. Read on!

Switzerland is among the five countries that have exported the most coffee since 2009, thanks to its roasting industry and it is because they learned what was the real business they could get from this drink, without the need to harvest it, in that country they import unroasted coffee for later include it in a process where they end up roasting it, packaging it, labeling it and put it up for sale at a much higher price than what Colombians sell it.

Switzerland is among the five countries that have exported the most coffee since 2009

Even Switzerland Nestlé is one of the private companies with the largest number of coffee exports in the world, well above Colombia. If a world mapping is done, 70% of the coffee production comes from Latin America, in fact Colombia, Brazil, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and Guatemala are the six largest producers of this grain, followed by Indonesia, Ethiopia, and Vietnam.

Apparently the Colombian market is unable to compete with large industries since, according to an investigation by analyst Anni Ortiz, for the Q 'pasa portal, between 70 and 80% of the coffee harvested comes to the hands of producers who I know of rural areas that do not have enough resources to invest in capital goods that can improve the productivity of their plants, in addition, they are not clients who can access bank loans due to the same lack of resources.

Figures show that of some 25 million small coffee producers, 80% live below the poverty line.

70 and 80% of the coffee harvested comes to the hands of producers

But it is not only here, additionally, the prices of the international coffee market vary constantly, even sometimes the purchase costs are much lower than those of production, that is, they lose money instead of earning it.

Regarding coffee exports, they continued to recover the ground lost by the pandemic and the blockades and grew 1% in the current year (January-August) to almost 8.1 million 60-kg bags of green coffee compared to the 8 million exported in the same period of 2020.

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