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Coffee Supply Chain – From farm to your mouth

By September 19, 2017Uncategorized

As I sit on a quiet morning and enjoy a cup of Bergies fresh roasted coffee, I sometimes need to remind myself the long extensive journey these green coffee beans traveled to get to my cup. Years ago I wasn’t concerned at the least about where and how my coffee ended up in my presence, but now having been in the industry for some years I have learned that getting coffee is a huge and drawn out process.

This long extensive journey traveled is know as the Coffee Supply Chain. It all starts on a farm, usually in some third world country, along the equator between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. These farmers work hard to grow and pick the coffee from the trees. At this point in the supply chain the wages and the way of life are fairly primitive. The coffee beans then travel to a mill where they will be processed for export. Bean processing is usually done in two manners, dry process or wet process. From the mill the beans are transported to a port where they get ready to travel thousands of miles by sea. Export, insurance, and freight fees as well as inspections must all be taken care of by the coffee trader or importer before it can leave port.

Once the beans reach their destination, they must sit and await additional inspections as imports. After they’ve been cleared, the beans go to the trader or dealer who then transports the beans to your local roaster. Finally, the beans are roasted and consumed by happy coffee drinkers everywhere.
So the next time you’re sitting on your patio drinking a fresh cup of coffee, take a moment to appreciate all that has gone into getting that cup of coffee in your hands. A lot of hard labor and long distances have gone into the fresh roasted beans we have at Bergies.

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