Part 2: The coffee supply chain, from bean to cup

Coffee’s economic significance and stakeholder roles

The scale of global coffee consumption

Statistics on global coffee consumption:

Did you know that almost 2.6 million jute sacks of coffee are consumed per year in Brazil alone? Use the map to explore coffee consumption worldwide. You can see how much coffee is consumed in different parts of the world by filtering by year and by country.

The global consumption of coffee reaches an astounding 3 billion cups per day, and it is commercially manufactured in over 50 countries. The coffee industry is estimated to generate an impressive $200 billion annually. These figures demonstrate the vast scale and economic importance of the coffee sector.

The economic importance of the coffee industry

Total number of kilograms of coffee produced globally up to 2019:

Let’s take a closer look at the origins of a coffee cup and the significant impact it has on various key stakeholders. Coffee is a vital agricultural commodity, with over 25 million farming households responsible for 80% of its production. This makes it a crucial source of income, offering numerous job opportunities and contributing to the economic growth of countries.

The role of government authorities, employers, and workers

For government authorities, employers’ organizations, workers’ organizations, and the private sector, the coffee industry plays a pivotal role. It provides livelihoods for millions and contributes significantly to national revenues. Understanding its impact on these key stakeholders is crucial in shaping policies and initiatives that support sustainable growth and equitable practices within the industry.

Furthermore, coffee production is a global effort involving more than 50 coffee-producing countries, leading to the production of nearly 165,399 bags of coffee (60kg each). This data emphasizes the collaborative nature of the coffee supply chain and its interconnectedness across nations.

By considering the critical role of coffee in supporting livelihoods and fostering economic development, we can work together to ensure a thriving and sustainable coffee industry that benefits everyone involved, from the smallholder farmers to the consumers enjoying their daily cup.