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We are one of the top 5 green coffee merchandizers worldwide.

We work with certification and verification programs as 4C, CAFE Practices, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ certified, Fairtrade and Organic.

We continue to expand our geographical sourcing footprint, investment in research, marketing and sustainability reach.

We are a leading multinational company and exporter in Vietnam, Colombia, Indonesia and Honduras, and continue to expand our footprint in Brazil.

About coffee

The two main species of coffee are Arabica and Robusta. 

Milder, more aromatic and with less caffeine, Arabica coffee makes up the bulk of world production and is grown mainly at higher altitudes in tropical and temperate regions of the Western hemisphere. Brazil is the world’s largest producer of Arabica coffee. 

Robusta coffees are produced largely at lower altitudes in the tropical areas of Asia and Africa. Vietnam is the world’s largest producer.

Once harvested, coffee cherries are dried, hulled, cleaned, and color-sorted. The resulting green coffee beans are prepared for export markets. They are subsequently sold to roasters for use in roast and ground blends, decaffeinated blends or for the manufacture of instant coffee.

Unlike many other agricultural commodities, coffee is a perennial crop as opposed to an annually planted crop. Trees typically take three years to commence production and then continue to yield for several years thereafter.

Brazil is the world’s leading producer of coffee, followed by Vietnam, Colombia and Indonesia. The EU (as a region) consumes the largest amount of coffee, followed by the US, Brazil and Japan.

Our strengths in coffee

We are active in all major coffee producing areas, with offices in Brazil, China, Colombia, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Uganda and Vietnam. We also have representation in Ethiopia.

Serving our customers from regional trading centers in Geneva (Switzerland), São Paulo (Brazil), Wilton (US) and Singapore, we operate a fully integrated global supply chain managing the flow of coffee from source to destination. Our assets include processing, warehousing and logistic facilities.

We have successfully continued to increase our origination footprint and market presence, and have reinforced our marketing team to build closer relationships with the roasting community.

Our supply chain expansion program has successfully enabled us to mitigate the threat of a diminishing local supplier base, to address the increased demand for roaster-specific grades, as well as to establish, and thereby meet, the growing need for traceable and sustainable supply chains. We are contributing to sustainability developments across the industry, not only through certification programs (4C Association, Rainforest Alliance, CAFE Practices and Fairtrade), but also with roaster- and country-specific projects, and through continuous efforts toward responsible sourcing.

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