On the Fifth Day of Christmas there are no gold rings for small scale coffee farmers. Do you know that, traditionally, when farmers sell a box of coffee (about 30lbs of ripe red coffee cherries), to a processor, they are paid around 60% of the agreed price per box. Then the final payment (wrongly called bonus) is paid at the end of August or September.  This actually allows the large buyers/processors to invest that 40% to process the coffee to green bean, ship, trade and collect for their sales. The $$$ are never placed in escrow for small farmers and they earned no interest on thatRead More →