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September 26, 2008

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Mary

There's an informative post about Folger's pre-drying procedure at:
www.coffeehabitat.com/2008/0/folgers.html

Mary

There's an informative post about Folger's pre-drying procedure at:
www.coffeehabitat.com/2008/0/folgers.html

Marc

The link posted by Mary above is broken - here's the correct one:

http://www.coffeehabitat.com/2008/09/folgers.html

Mariano Martins @ Brazil

Well, as an specialty (gourmet) arabica farmer, news like that make me worried. Evertytime some new procedure like that comes along, to improve the taste of robusta beans, Arabica producers take it on their asses.

On the last two years, the spread (price difference) from robusta to arabica - for the producer - has been of about 20% to 25%. Historicaly, this spread was of about 40% to 50%.

What means that at current market prices, brazilian robusta producers are anjoying a fat profit margin of about 20%, while arabica producers are having shitty -5% to -10% margins.

Some coffee entrepeneurs have even sold their properties in the highlands (where Arabica flourishes), moving to lower and more humid places where they can grow robusta.

Shit, man. Arabica prices have to go up, or we will have SERIOUS problems on the supply side on the next 2-5 years. And ideas like Folger's don't really help.

And this is not just a Brazilian complaining. Colombians are saying the same thing.

Well... Life sucks... Specially for an arabica coffee farmer. :)

Twitter: marianofgv

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