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Supporting Coffee Businesses

Like other Soft Commodities, Coffee has it’s specific characteristics on the physical and trading side. Examples of the physical characteristics of coffee are origins, screen sizes or the amount of black and broken beans. Also quality parameters such as grades, certifications and flavour patterns are important in the physical trade. On the trading side an additional complexity is that terminal markets are denominated in different units of measure (MT and LBS) to the trading and merchandising side that is based on MT, LBS and Bags. There is a an awful lot of coffee in the world, and there are also a wide variety of Trading practices in the world as well. These trading practices are different in different geographical regions and vary with the type of trade performed by merchandise companies (shipping bulk coffee’s versus shipping bag’s of specialty coffee). Some merchants and coffee roasters have blending processes as part of their trading process as well. Besides trading practices, the variety of distribution models requires a lot of flexibility in terms of logistic models, some of them comprise splitting and/or combining of containers, truckloads or even pallets. This coffee complexity, physical characteristics, quality information (including cupping data, and sample data) is easily managed in Agiblocks. In a world of volatile coffee prices, hedging and risk management are important even on small volumes. Hedging and hedge allocation in Agiblocks is supported at a portfolio level, but also on a specific contract or even a number of bags or boxes. Agiblocks offers agile logistic functionality that caters for the whole supply chain; from green bean origination up to bag or box distribution.

Comprehensive analysis of your samples

Comprehensive analysis of your coffee samples