Sean Starke wrote:It goes in the electronic sorters and screeners or on the belt before the hand-sorters on the masthead and the defects that are naturally there are taken out; ... If the coffee is naturally clean than they may in fact add some of the defects back in; it's a completely different situation from adding non-coffee items to it. If someone was adding mouse droppings or corn to my coffee, yeah I'd be ticked. But adding back in coffee they had cleaned out? No problem.
The difference is there is no direct benefit to the end user in receiving the defective beans, which makes it seem awfully inefficient to put them back in after going to the expense of removing them. Too bad the growers can't be compensated at all grade levels for having removed the defects.
Sean Starke wrote:Frankly, 300 containers per year of true specialty seems to me ginormously huge, considering that most of the business is done in 5-10 bag contracts.
Ryan Mason wrote:I think you're right...that probably is a lot. So are we talking in the neighborhood of 100 for a large specialty importer? That would be about a container every 3 weeks or so. The problem is that we're dealing with a niche market and there doesn't seem to be a lot of information out there.
What about insurance and freight? that seems to be a huge cost associated with coffee.
Brent wrote:Maths Ryan, thats more like 2 containers / week or 8 - 10 month...
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