#84.2 | A Two Part Arc About the C Market and the Future of Specialty | Expo Lectures 2019


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Last April, much of the discussion - at Expo and Re:co Symposium - was centered on the Coffee Price Crisis and the future of specialty. In a special episode to kick off the new year, we’re releasing a two-part lecture on the C market that sought to provide clarity and actionable data for the specialty industry.
Over the past few years, many began to question coffee’s ability to provide a sustainable household income to smallholder producers. Although there’s still much to learn about the full cost of producing specialty coffee around the world, a widely-acknowledged hypothetical benchmark of US$1.40 per pound demonstrates how current levels of productivity and market pressures continue to fail smallholder producers. Throughout all of 2018 and 2019, the C market, the main price discovery mechanism and clearing house for coffee, has been below this hypothetical price of US$1.40. As a result, our industry has been questioning the value and existence of the C market as well as expressing concern over the multi-dimensional costs to producers, countries, and the environment.

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Episode Table of Contents: Part 2

0:00 Introduction
1:40 Colleen Anunu introducing the panel speakers
6:15 Kim Elena Ionescu on the SCA’s response to the coffee price crisis
23:30 Juan Esteban Orduz of the Colombian Coffee Federation on the response he received when asking coffee chain actors for help addressing the coffee price crisis
32:15 Ben Zwerling Baltrushes on how Fair Trade USA is trying to address coffee price crisis
35:50 Audience questions
1:03:30 Outro

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